10 Cooling Cucumber Salad Recipes

Grilled Chicken Thigh and Cucumber Salad
Photo: © Con Poulos

Cucumber salad is one of our favorite side dishes — it's a fun way to pack the simple vegetable with lots of flavor any time of year. We love to mix cucumbers into light and fresh salads with chopped herbs, Greek yogurt, and seasonal veggies, whether you want something creamy, spicy, or crunchy. Check out our easy and delicious cucumber salad recipes for new inspiration and refreshing ideas.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Amelia Rampe

This easy and refreshing salad boasts a punch of flavor from ginger, vinegar, and chile. Cucumber salad has long been a part of Thai cuisine; its origins can be traced back centuries to the melding of culinary traditions and ingredients from Chinese traders in the region. 

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Cucumber Salad with Thai Chiles and Peanuts

Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts
© Heather Chontos

In this refreshing salad, crisp cucumbers and aromatic cilantro are tossed with a tangy dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce, and fiery Thai chiles.

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Cucumber and Radish Salad with Burrata

Cucumber-and-Radish Salad with Burrata
© Christina Holmes

The delicious dressing for this salad comes from the juices that form while the cucumber macerates with the other ingredients.

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Wakame and Cucumber Salad

Wakame-and-Cucumber Salad. Photo © Kate Mathis
© Kate Mathis

Kacie Loparto harvests seaweed along Maine's coast and sells it at farmers markets. She especially loves wakame mixed with miso, ginger, and cucumber.

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Cucumber-Mint Salad with Creamy Lemon and Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette

Cucumber-Mint Salad with Creamy Lemon & Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

A simple salad of cucumbers and fresh spearmint comes together perfectly with a lemony, creamy vinaigrette made from Greek yogurt.

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Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad

Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad
© Christina Holmes

"When I was a kid, my mom would marinate cucumbers, red onions, and canned potatoes in jarred creamy Italian dressing," says chef Jamie Bissonnette. "I'm not saying she was a great cook, but creamy Italian dressing is still my favorite. I make a version of it for this salad."

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Grilled Chicken Thigh and Cucumber Salad

Grilled Chicken Thigh and Cucumber Salad
© Con Poulos

Chef Michael Symon likes to use deeply flavored chicken thighs for this crisp summer salad. A simple vinaigrette ties it all together.

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Smashed Cucumber Salad with Butter Beans and Tarragon

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Butter Beans and Tarragon
Jennifer Causey

Gently crushing the cucumbers for this salad releases their aroma and creates nooks and crannies for soaking up the dressing. They still retain plenty of crunch, a great contrast to the rich, creamy butter beans. Don’t skip the tarragon here; its fragrance and delicate anise flavor give the dish a refreshing pop.

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Japanese Cucumber Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing

Japanese Cucumber Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing
© Andrea Fazzari

This fantastic salad combines cucumbers with two types of miso, toasted sesame, and pine nuts. Be sure to use firm and super-crunchy cucumbers with few seeds.

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Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

© Lucy Schaeffer

Vinegar, sugar, salt, and onion add gentle, versatile flavor to this quick and easy cucumber salad recipe. Feel free to make this a day ahead and store it in the fridge — the salad will only get tangier and more delicious as it sits.

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