It’s that time of year when we have an abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables at our fingertips.
Today, I would like to share some of my favorite recipes with you. These include refreshing dishes that feature fresh herbs and cucumbers, as well as other favorites that are perfect for summertime. These recipes will join my collection of “It’s so easy even I’ll make it” recipes.
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Even if you don’t grow them yourself, check Farmer’s Markets and roadside stands for fresh produce. Most grocery stores are also full of fresh selections.
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 diseases.
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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 them with the rice vinegar, kosher salt, and celery salt. Allow mixture to set in the refrigerator for 8 hours.
Blend together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and the remainder of the garlic salt.
Then add the drained cucumber mixture and fresh chopped chives.
Cover and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.
Garnish & Serve with Pita Chips
- 5-7 small - medium Cucumbers
- 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp. Garlic Salt (divided)
- 2 - 8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Chives
- Grate Cucumbers into a medium bowl
- Toss with Rice Vinegar, Kosher Salt, and 1/2 tsp. garlic salt.
- Cover and Refrigerate for 8 Hours
- Drain & Press all liquid from the cucumber mixture. Press with paper towels
- Beat Cream Cheese, mayonnaise, and remaining 1/2 tsp of garlic salt with a hand mixer until smooth.
- Stir in drained cucumber mixture and chives
- Cover and Chill for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.
- Garnish with additional chives or parsley
- Serve with Pita Chips
Mixture is also delicious for making cucumber sandwiches.
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 pests and diseases.
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 bread.
In addition, it’s delicious over pasta for a quick and easy dinner.
I make several batches of the recipe and freeze it 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.
Do you have a favorite herb? Check out these 10 Best Herbs To Grow and Why.
Additional Fresh Summer Vegetable Recipes
I hope you enjoyed these Fresh Herb and Cucumber Recipes. Enjoy the fresh produce while it’s readily available, and here are some additional summer recipes you can enjoy.
- Easy Zucchini Bake
- Fresh Squeezed Lemonade recipe
- Zucchini Noodle Artichoke Lasagna Recipe.
- 10 Perfect Baked Zucchini Recipes
- Tasty Basil Pesto Recipe
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy these tips and recipes.
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