Source: Web exclusive: July 2008
Since cucumbers are 95 percent water, they’re the ideal summer snack—low-fat, low-calorie, delightfully refreshing and the perfect staple for a very light meal. Try one of our top cucumber recipes for a quick burst of flavour.
A great soup to make on a steamy summer’s day since it requires no cooking at all. In just 15 minutes, you can savour the dill and mint, swirled into a concoction of yogurt and cucumbers.
Cucumber, Radish and Melon Salad
A wonderful combination of fruit, vegetables, and crunchy almonds mixed with a honey and walnut oil dressing, this cucumber salad makes an ideal accompaniment to cold or smoked meats and poultry.
Cold Shrimp and Cucumber Soup
Nothing could be more welcome on a warm day than this cool, deliciouscombination of shrimp, cucumbers and buttermilk with hints of dill andfennel.
Baked Trout with Cucumber Sauce
Orange and lemon slices add great flavour to this simple recipe for baked fish, and a cucumber and yogurt sauce provides a refreshing contrast. New potatoes are roasted in the oven with the fish.
Keema Curry with Cucumber Raita
This mellow curry of ground beef has just a hint of chili, so it’s ideal for children who like to be a little adventurous with their food. Serve with steamed basmati rice and warm naan bread.
Pimm’s Melon Cup
This fruit salad recipe is inspired by the classic summer drink. A mixture of melon, berries, pear and cucumber is marinated in Pimm’s and then served in cantaloupe shells. A decoration of pretty borage flowers is a traditional finish.
Thai Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce
These delicious fish cakes are flavoured with lemongrass and coriander, and spiced with Thai red curry paste. They’re served with a tangy lime and honey dipping sauce, and a lettuce, cucumber and mint salad.
New Potato Salad
A potato salad with a creamy dressing is always a winner, and the version here, with cucumber, green onions and fresh herbs, is sure to become a firm favourite. Potatoes are full of goodness, particularly if the skins are left on.
Citrus-Grilled Chicken with Melon Salsa
Capture the spirit of the tropics and serve it on your dinner table! This sunny mix of melon, cucumber, salad greens, chicken and citrus, spiked with jalapeño chili pepper, is healthy carefree eating at its best.
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