How to Buy, Store and Cook with Cucumbers

How to Buy, Store and Cook with Cucumbers
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How to Buy, Store and Cook with Cucumbers

Summertime, and the growing is easy. One seasonal ingredients you should be cooking with this season is cucumber. Read on to discover three summer dishes that show cucumber at its very best.

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Chicken Souvlaki

Toss shredded chicken, chopped cucumber, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped olives, olive oil, and lemon juice; season with kosher salt and black pepper, and place on a pocketless pita. Top with crumbled feta and chopped herbs.

Recipe Credit: Alison Roman
Image Credit: Matt Duckor

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Cool off with an ice-cold margarita infused with cucumber and spicy jalapeño peppers.

Get the recipe: Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Spiced Cucumbers and Coconut Milk

Treat cucumber like any other vegetable, and try cooking them! This recipe sautés them in coconut milk, honey and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Get the recipe: Spiced Cucumbers and Coconut Milk


By Danielle Walsh

Fun fact: Cucumbers are actually fruits. But like tomatoes, they're prepared and eaten as vegetables. Their juicy, almost thirst-quenching texture is a staple in summery Mediterranean-leaning salads, but you'd be surprised how good they are when they're roasted or sauteed. And of course, there's almost nothing more refreshing than a cucumber cocktail on a hot summer day. Check out our tips for storing and buying these cool fruits, and read on for recipe suggestions.

Although cucumbers are available year-round, summer is when you'll see the best choice of varieties at the market. Look for cucumbers that are firm, not shriveled, with bright-looking skin. Pass on any with soft spots or cuts in the flesh. Because they lose moisture quickly, cucumbers are often bred with thick skins and sealed with wax to extend their shelf life. Special, thin-skinned varieties are worth seeking out because they're more slender and flavorful, and have smaller seeds. To protect the skins, these types of cucumbers are often sealed in plastic.

Stash cucumbers unwashed in a sealed plastic bag in the warmest part of the fridge. Use them within a few days.

Check out our slideshow above to learn three recipes with cucumber that are perfect for summer.

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