Meatless Monday Roundup: 4 Cucumber Recipes


Cucumbers are the perfect ingredient for your summertime Meatless Monday table. Not only are they more than 90 percent water, making them a refreshing choice in the summer heat, but they’re also relatively mild in flavor, making them an easy addition to a host of meatless recipes. Cucumber recipes are a great way to add a bit more hydration to your table, and with the variety we’ve uncovered for you this week, you’ll certainly be inspired!


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Start things off with our cucumber tzatziki. This yogurt-based sauce is perfect for Meatless Monday. Not only is it an excellent appetizer when served as a dip for crudités or pita bread, but it can also be served as a topping, with a cold rice salad, for example. With this easy condiment recipe, your dinner this Monday will be a breeze to make!


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If you’re looking for something with a bit more heft, try this cold lentil and cucumber salad. It’s freshened up with herbs and lemon juice, and best of all, it can be made ahead of time. Make a big batch on Sunday night for your Meatless Monday supper, and enjoy leftovers for lunch all week long!


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For a gourmet Meatless Monday lunch or dinner, try this refreshing watermelon and cucumber soup. The savory additions of lime and cilantro make this soup a delicious starter or main. Serve it at a dinner party to really wow your friends!

tea sandwiches

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If we’re talking about cucumber recipes, we definitely can’t forget classic cucumber tea sandwiches. Dill, cream cheese, and rye bread give these sandwiches their traditional flavor. They’re great for a party as finger food, but they’re also delicious on their own or alongside a salad for a simple Meatless Monday dinner.

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Emily Monaco
Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.