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5 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Cucumbers

Our Gardyners asked – and we listened! This month’s new plant release contained CUCUMBERS! Sure, it’s obviously the missing link that brings an unforgettable crunch to any salad, but there’s so much more you can do with the water-packed Cucumis sativus.

#1 - You can pickle that.

Image credit, Houseful of Nicholes

There’s no need to be intimidated by preparing preserved fruits and vegetables – you simply need the right teacher. Master urban farmer Natasha Nicholes takes the mystery out of pickling with her easy Garlic Dill recipe.

#2 - Switch up your morning skincare routine.

Beauty myth or not, there’s no harm in sparing a few slices of cucumber to cool in the fridge when reduce puffiness under the eyes. Weave this 5-minute mini-spa sesh into your morning routine for an instant peeper pick me up.

#3 - Summer salad refresh.

Photo via Bon Appetit. Photo By Alex Lau.

Want to wow guests and dip into the lap of luxury, all by way of your tastebuds? Chef and food writer, Claire Saffitz takes salads to a new level with this cucumber and melon salad with chile and honey featured on Bon Appetit.

#4 -Greek out over this Mediterranean sauce.

Image via The Mediterranean Dish

Creamy and garlicky Greek tzatziki sauce makes for a delicious staple once you find a solid recipe like this authentic classic from Suzy at The Mediterranean Dish. A simple mix of cucumbers, Greek yogurt, and garlic, you can also use a pinch of dill and mint from your Gardyn to boost flavor and freshness.

#5 - Canape me.

Image via Two Peas and Their Pod

Swap crackers for cucumbers minimizing gluten intake with this tasty canape recipe from Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod. Simple prep makes this bite-sized appetizer a hit with guests, topped with whipped feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil.

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