They're mighty refreshing, are perfect in salads, sandwiches and drinks, and are used to revitalise tired eyes - plus, did you know they're made up of 95% water? The humble cucumber is our favourite summer ingredient!
Whether you're making a crunchy summer salad, serving up cute sandwiches for afternoon tea in the garden, or adding a refreshing hit to your jug of Pimm's, the cucumber is super versatile.
Here are a few new ways to use cucumber this summer which celebrate the vegetable in all its glory!
Beef schnitzel with mustard mayo & cucumber pickle
Take your schnitzel from average to amazing with some cucumber pickle. The cucumber takes on the flavours of jalapeños, cider vinegar, elderflower cordial and parsley and becomes less crunchy as it chills. This flavour combined with the crunchy chicken and soft bread is a match made in sandwich heaven.
Cucumber & prawn gazpacho
What's the best thing to eat on a very hot day? Cold, refreshing, zingy soup. This cucumber and prawn gazpacho is made by combining cream, yogurt, horseradish and stock with the cucumber. It's then chilled and topped with prawns and extra cucumber. We recommend serving with some crunchy bread and tzatziki.
Tandoori chicken kebabs with tomato & cucumber salad
These spicy skewers are great for a barbecue and can be served with rice for a simple supper. The lightly dressed tomato and cucumber salad adds a summery crunch to the plate and a much-needed saucy element.
Cucumber, strawberry & poppy seed salad
Didn't think refreshing cucumber and sweet strawberries would work? Think again. This recipe which also uses fresh mint and poppy seeds makes a light and refreshing summer salad to be enjoyed with BBQ food.
Crunchy crudités with a creamy dill dip
The perfect summer starter - this is our fresh and colourful take on serving crudités in individual portions, using cucumbers to tie the veggie bundles together.
Cucumber, mint and lemonade lollies
These fresh and zingy mocktail-style lollies are just the job when the heat is on! They only have three ingredients; lemonade, cucumber and mint and couldn't be easier to make.
Cucumber & elderflower gin cooler
This has got to be the ultimate refreshment for grown-ups. Gin fans will go mad for this cooler which combines gin with ice, elderflower cordial and cucumber.