Seasonal Recipes: 5 for the Cucumber Blessed

Cucumbers are a versatile ingredient to grow in your garden. (Photo: Joe Quick [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

I did a post on five recipes for the zucchini blessed two weeks ago and a friend asked if I could do the same on cucumbers. She has a fantastic cucumber crop this year. Here are five recipes for Dawn (and the rest of you) that go beyond slicing them up and throwing them in a salad.

Banh-Mi Style Vietnamese Baguette – This vegetarian sandwich uses a lot more than just cucumbers from your garden or the farmers market. If you’re looking for something that's completely different to use up your cucumbers, take a look at this one from All Recipes.

Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers – I’ve never thought of the cucumber as a sautéing vegetable before, but Eating Well has a recipe that does just that and then pairs them with sweet scallops.

North African Cucumber-Tomato Salad – Cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, mint, radishes and more – all abundant right now – go into this salad that must have some kick of flavor. It’s one of five cucumber recipes on the Seasonal Chef site.

Mint, Cucumber and Vodka Cocktail – Mint, cucumbers, vodka, Cointreau and a few other ingredients mix together to form this cool summer cocktail I found on Martha Stewart.

Cucumber Facial Mask – Cucumbers aren’t just for eating, you know. They have cooling and restorative properties that make them great ingredients for facial masks. Your Organic Gardening Blog has several quick and easy mask recipes that use cucumber.