5 Ways To Use Cucumbers (Beyond Pickles and Salad) | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Quick ideas for using up those cucumbers during the peak growing season!

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5 Ways To Use Up Cucumbers

This is my 5th year getting a CSA share (from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op) and inevitably this time of year, the cucumbers are rolling in week after week. Fortunately, me and the 10-year-old like to eat them raw but I’ve also been taking advantage of Serena’s awesome Quick Pickle Hacks as well as making these Sesame Ginger Pickled Cucumbers as of late.

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And if you’ve got a garden full or fridge full of cukes this time of year, too, here are 5 more easy cucumber recipe ideas beyond those pickles (and the typical salad!):

1) Cucumber “Chips”

5 Ways To Use Those Cucumbers This Summer - make cucumber "chips"! Healthy Kitchen Hacks at Teaspoonofspice.com

This is one of my favorite tricks to “fancy up” a cucumber – my mom taught it to me years ago.

  • Peel cucumber
  • Holding cucumber vertically, run a fork lengthwise down the cucumber. Repeat along each edge of cucumber.
  • Bonus spa treatment: Hold close to your face while doing this for a spritz of moisturizing cucumber water each time you run the fork along the edge.

2) Cucumber Topping For Fish

5 Ways To Use Those Cucumbers This Summer

  • Use cucumber “chips” over grilled, baked or broiled fish like cod, flounder, tilapia or salmon
  • Bonus Hack: How To Broil Fish

3) Cucumber Guacamole

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  • Cut peeled cucumber in half and scoop out seeds
  • Dice and mash into guacamole (using fork or potato masher)
  • Serve with cucumber “chips”

4) Cucumber Salsa

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  • Cut peeled cucumber in half and scoop out seeds
  • Dice and mix into fresh salsa

5) Cucumber Fruit Juice

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  • Add cucumber “chips” to orange, mango or watermelon juice
  • Let chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving
  • Drink juice and munch cucumber slices afterwards

What’s your favorite way to use cucumbers? Let me know in the comments below or over on this Facebook post!

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