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Cool as a cucumber around the world
Did you know that cucumber salads are a popular dish in just about every region of the world? From Japan (served with rice vinegar and sesame seeds) to Korea (served as kimchi) and Thailand (with cilantro and fresh chilies), Germany (the much-loved Gurkensalat, lightly dressed) to Denmark (served atop open-faced sandwiches called Smørrebrød) – people love to gather around the table for a great cucumber salad!
How to make cucumber salads
Cucumber salad recipes are easy to make – though there are a few pointers to keep in mind while preparing cukes for a salad, particularly if you plan to chill them for a packed lunch.
To keep your cucumber salads fresh, we asked Food Specialist Amanda Barnier for advice on preparing cucumbers.
To avoid soggy cucumber slices, "store sliced cucumbers in thin layers between clean towels, sprinkled with a pinch of salt overnight in the refrigerator," Amanda says. "The salt will draw out some of the cucumber's moisture."
Because much of the water content in cucumbers comes from the vegetable's core seeds, "cut out the seeds to make (the salad) last longer too," she adds.
To store a cucumber salad, keep it well wrapped in the fridge.
Eager to find a new favourite? Try one (or two!) of our cool cucumber salad recipes:
Cucumber Salad (Pictured above)
Sometimes just a few ingredients can make the best dish. This dead-simple cucumber salad is big in flavour and a perfect way to use garden-fresh veg.
Cucumber Herb Salad
Inexpensive field cucumbers are perfect for this light and fresh salad
A sweet-and-sour dressing complements this refreshingly crisp salad.
Marinated Cucumber Salad
Try this simple but very popular recipe with mustard seeds, celery seeds, vinegar, sugar and water.
Slow-Baked Salmon with Carrot Cucumber Salad
The piquant vegetables perfectly underscore the rich texture of the salmon.
Lentil and Cucumber Salad
For an extra Mediterranean touch, add 2 tbsp (25 mL) drained rinsed capers or 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced stuffed green olives to this mixture.
Minty Feta Cucumber Salad
Made with crumbly feta cheese and fresh mint, this salad is served with a light olive oil and lemon rind dressing.
Cucumber Couscous Salad
Fresh and light, this crunchy salad is a delicious way to enjoy cucumbers all year round.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
This Scandinavian-style salad is easy to prepare and full of lively accents. Salting and draining the cucumber is essential to prevent a watery salad.
Trout with Crunchy Cucumber Salad
As a side to broiled trout, this cucumber salad is made with red peppers and drizzled with a sesame oil and vinegar dressing.
Dilled Cucumber Tomato Salad
This salad, is quick, easy and perfect when paired with the richness of a Hanukkah meal.
Sticky Glazed Grilled Chicken With Cucumber Salad
Serve with cold cooked soba noodles or steamed brown rice.
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Oregano Dressing
The inspiration for this salad comes from Grano, a popular Italian restaurant in Toronto. If you like, use yellow tomatoes to make this dish even more colourful.
Yogurt Lamb Kabobs with Kachumber Salad
Kachumber salad is made with equal parts chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions. An excellent side to grilled lamb kabobs!
Spicy Cucumber Salad
Clean flavours and crisp texture make this a refreshing salad.
Cucumber Mustard Salad
This is a simple, palate-cleansing little dish that comes together in minutes.
Chunky Cucumber Slices with Tarragon
Tarragon replaces the usual dill in this Italian cucumber salad