It’s that time of year when we have an abundance of Fresh Herbs and vegetables at our fingertips. Even if you don’t grow them yourself, check Farmer’s Markets and road side stands for fresh produce. Most grocery stores are also full of fresh selections.
Since they are so readily available, I’m sharing some of my favorite Fresh Herb & Cucumber Recipes with you today. These recipes will join my collection of “It’s so easy even I’ll make it” recipes.
This cucumber recipe combines fresh cucumbers with fresh herbs and is therefore a very refreshing appetizer.
In addition, herbs are my favorite thing to grow in the garden because they are definitely cost effective and most are resistant to pests and disease.
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Easy Cucumber Recipes
I ran across this old recipe in a drawer at our beach cottage while vacationing over the holidays. I had completely forgotten this cucumber recipe existed and decided to serve it for our 4th of July clam bake. It was an immediate hit. Perfectly refreshing and yummy.
The ingredients are simple and are most likely things you have on hand. However, the only negative about this cucumber recipe is that you have to plan ahead. The original mixture needs to set in the refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours. In addition, once the final ingredients are combined, you need another hour before serving.
With that being said, it’s definitely worth the extra time!
Cucumber Dip Recipe – Prepare ahead
Grate the cucumbers and combine with the rice vinegar, kosher salt and celery salt. Allow mixture to set in refrigerator for 8 hours.
Blend together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and remainder of garlic salt.
Then add drained cucumber mixture and fresh chives. Cover and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
Garnish & Serve with Pita Chips
Fresh Cucumber Dip Appetizer
- Hand Mixer
- 5-7 sm-med. Cucumbers
- 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Salt divided
- 2 8 oz. Cream Cheese Softened
- ½ cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Chives
- Grate Cucumbers into a Medium Bowl
- Toss with Rice Vinegar, Kosher Salt & 1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
- Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours
- Drain & press out all liquid from cucumber mixture. Press with paper towels.
- With hand mixer, beat cream cheese, mayonnaise, and 1/2 tsp of garlic salt until smooth
- Stir in drained cucumber mixture and chives.
- Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
- Garnish with additional chives or parsley
- Serve with Pita Chips
This recipe is also delicious for cucumber sandwiches.
I have had good success growing cucumbers in my raised beds and Stacy at Bricks N Blooms recently shared these tips on How to Grow Cucumbers in your Vegetable Garden, which are very helpful. Stacy also shared a Refreshing Cucumber and Dill Salad Recipe.
I love growing herbs.
They are easy to grow and are resistant to most pest and disease.
In addition, they are so cost effective. Fresh herbs are expensive in the store and I love having them at my fingertips for free.
The recipe is thick and chunky, however add a little additional olive oil and it makes a great dipping sauce for crusty breads.
In addition, it’s delicious over pasta for a quick and easy dinner.
I make several batches of the recipe and freeze in small portions. All the details on available here.
Another way to preserve your herbs is to dry them for later use. See How to Dry Herbs for more details.
You have a favorite herb? I’ll be sharing my herb gardening tips on a future post.
I hope you enjoyed these Fresh Herb and Cucumber Recipes. Enjoy the fresh produce while it’s readily available. Another summertime favorite is Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and I have the perfect recipe for you to try.