Here are 19 refreshing and easy cucumber salads to keep you cool during the summer (though many can be enjoyed all year long). The expression “cool as a cucumber” implies a sense of calm as well as comfort, perhaps part of the reason we gravitate to this veggie when temperatures are on the rise.
The high water content (they’re 90% water, in fact) of cucumbers might make them less nutrient-dense than, say, kale, but they have still have plenty of food value. Cucumbers are a good source of silica, for example, a trace mineral that’s beneficial for the skin and hair.
The cucumber salads you’ll find following are remarkably varied, but what they have in common is that they’re quick to prepare, creative, and above all, tasty. We’ve rounded up a few from right her on our site, as well as contributions (with permission) from around the web.
A cool and refreshing cucumber and kale salad is topped with warm sriracha-sautéed tofu.
This vegan feta and watermelon salad is almost too pretty to eat, and is extra refreshing with the addition of cucumber and a hint of mint.
A summery Israeli couscous salad combining herbs, cucumber and other veggies with lush stone fruit. It makes for a light and refreshing companion to grilled foods or bold-flavored plant-based protein dishes.
This refreshing pickled cucumber salad is a perfect companion with veggie burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. But honestly, you can serve it with just about anything.
Here's a perfect main dish for a warm weather meal with simply prepared tofu or tempeh. I suppose that technically this is a salad, but we can also call it a cold noodle dish. Either way, it’s delicious and on the table in about 20 minutes.
From Lavender and Macarons: Vibrant, healthy and delicious Creamy Cauliflower Salad With Cucumber And Corn is going to be on repeat this summer. So easy to make. You’ll love the creamy and herby sauce. The best part – it’s mayo and oil-free
From Finding Zest: This tomato cucumber salad is a refreshing side dish that is loaded with flavor and complements almost any main dish ... The cucumbers, tomatoes and onion marinate in a balsamic vinegar and oil dressing with fresh herbs.
Spicy Spiralized Turmeric Tahini Cucumber Noodles (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
From Moon and Spoon and Yum: A refreshing, light, healthy and easy spiralized cucumber noodle dish served alongside a spicy turmeric tahini sauce and garnished with bell pepper for a delightful crunch. Gluten-free, vegan, and oh so delicious!
From A Saucy Kitchen: This salad is the blend of salty and tangy flavors with bright colors and flavors. Between the carrots and the cucumber I’m loving the crunch you get in every bite.
From Veggies Save the Day: Cucumber Peanut Salad is a delicious starter with fresh herbs in a light tangy dressing. It’s easy to make and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It goes equally well with summer foods and Asian-inspired dishes.
Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing (Paleo & Vegan)
From The Rising Spoon: A healthy summer salad full of hydrating and cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber & jicama and topped with an addicting coconut lime dressing. Serve this quick side dish with your favorite meal or munch on it when you need a refreshing snack on a hot day.
From Natalie's Health: This refreshing Pineapple Cucumber Salad is ideal side that goes so well with any dinner or BBQ. It’s packed with vitamins and so much crunchiness. It’s HEALTHY, all natural and super easy to make! Great for potluck, parties and picnics.
From A Virtual Vegan: A simple, lemony, avocado-creamy, crunchy and fresh Cucumber Avocado Salad that’s really quick and easy to make!
From Dianne's Vegan Kitchen: Light and fresh White Bean and Cucumber Salad is a wonderfully summery side dish. It’s a great addition to picnics, potlucks, and barbecues.
From Greedy Gourmet: This salad will leave you feeling guilt-free as most of the ingredients inside are green and super healthy! You can eat as much as you want. Preparation time is quick and this recipe is an excellent option as a side dish or main for vegans or vegetarians! I just love the taste and vibrant colors of this salad and I hope you will too.
From Tasting Page: 3 easy ingredients come together in this crisp and refreshing cucumber dill ribbon salad. It's gluten free and dairy free and the presentation makes it perfect for parties and BBQs.
From Know Your Produce: Persian Shirazi Salad typically has just cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh mint with parsley. It’s similar to Israeli Salad. This raw veggie salad is a great addition to your meal plan. It can be enjoyed on its own or with some of your favorite spreads and veggie dishes.
From Sustainable Cooks: This make-ahead Cucumber and Onion Salad is a summertime superstar. Simple and delicious, the fresh ingredients let the garden-fresh produce shine in this easy cucumber salad.
This fresh Israeli couscous salad is loaded with flavor from artichokes, olives, basil, and garlic. It works as a side dish with baked tofu or roasted chickpeas. But it can also stand alone as a hot or cold lunch. Eat it right away while the Israeli couscous is hot, or put it in the refrigerator and have it cold.