8 Must-Try Cucumber Salad Recipes For Light Summer Meals

Cucumber is a crisp-textured, mildly watery vegetable that is refreshing and hydrating. Cucumbers are sliced and combined with other ingredients like tomatoes, onions, herbs, and a light dressing like vinegar or lemon juice to make the famous dish known as cucumber salad.

Because of its cooling qualities, cucumber salad is quite helpful in the summer. It serves as a source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and aids in maintaining bodily fluids. Cucumbers are an excellent and refreshing food option for hot weather due to their high water content, low calorie and high fibre content, and help with optimum hydration levels.

Here is a list of cucumber-based salads to have this summer season:

1. Asian Sesame-Cucumber Salad: 

The exquisite blend of flavours and textures found in Asian Sesame-Cucumber Salad is appealing. The sesame dressing adds a sense of sweetness to the taste, which is refreshing and somewhat acidic. Cucumbers and sesame seeds contribute to the texture's crisp and crunchy qualities. To make ahead, combine sugar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a dressing and toss with thinly sliced cucumbers. Serve cold as a cool accompaniment to sushi, rice dishes, or grilled meats.

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2. Kachumber Kheera Salad: 

Cucumber is the star of this light Indian salad called Kachumber Kheera Salad. Cucumber slices give it a crunchy texture, and lemon juice, salt, and chaat masala give it a chatpata flavour. Cucumber slices, chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies, coriander leaves, lemon juice, salt, and chaat masala should all be combined for preparation. Serve this zesty and aromatic salad on its own as a cool snack or as an accompaniment to Indian dishes.

3. Sunomono (Japanese Cucumber Salad): 

Cucumbers are shredded and served with a sweet-sour dressing made of sugar and salt mixed in a dash of Japanese rice vinegar to make a salad called sunomono. A seaweed or sesame combination will surely make your mouth water. Cucumbers should be soaked in dressing for at least 30 minutes to be tender. Cannot marinate cucumber in the dressing, it won't taste salty. Sunomono can be used as a refreshing side dish with grilled meats, sushi, or sashimi.

4. Creamy Cucumber Salad: 

Crunchy cucumber strips sprinkled with creamy dressing give this cucumber salad the perfect combination of texture. To make this dressing, mix all the ingredients, i.e., yoghurt, sour cream, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper, with the sliced cucumbers. This salad can be served with baked potatoes or as an accompaniment to grilled meats and sandwiches. This salad is a light summer dish, as cold cucumbers and sour cream are used and the overall qualities of these two ingredients have turned it out to be creamy and tangy with cooling properties.

5. Cucumber and Avocado Salad: 

Cucumber and Avocado Salad melt in the creaminess and crispiness of cucumber. The avocado brings a creamy-textured butter, and the cucumber makes a cooling, juicy crunch. Cucumbers and avocados should be chopped, and then a dash of lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper should be mixed in and the top should be topped with fresh cilantro for making the salad. This salad is one of the best summer light meals that can be enjoyed along with grilled chicken or fish.

6. Tropical Cucumber Salad: 

A cool combination of flavours and textures can be found in tropical cucumber salad. It has sliced cucumbers, mangoes, pineapples, and papayas, as well as mint leaves and a zesty vinaigrette made with lime juice, honey, and a hint of chilli flakes. This salad is full of sweetness and acidity, and it's crisp and juicy. It is served cold as an appetiser or side dish with grilled fish or meats or as a mild side to hot meals.

7. Greek Cucumber Salad: 

Crisp cucumbers, tart feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onions, and a zesty dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano combine to create a wonderfully refreshing Greek Cucumber Salad. The combination of ingredients results in a texture that is both crispy and creamy. Toss the ingredients together and place in the refrigerator to let the flavours blend for a few hours to prepare. Serve this salad as a light lunch alternative or as an accompaniment to kebabs or grilled meats.

8. Cucumber Chickpea Salad: 

Cucumber Chickpea Salad is crisp and tastes delicious. Sliced cucumbers, cooked chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, red onions, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper should all be combined for preparation. Combine all ingredients and set aside to allow the flavours to combine and dissolve. This salad can be served as an accompaniment to fish or grilled chicken, or it can be a cool, wholesome dinner on its own on hot summer days.