Simple preparations of crunchy cucumbers are refreshing during the heat of summer.

Cucumber salads are a classic. Some simply combine sliced cucumbers, red or sweet onions, vinegar, salt, and a bit of sugar if desired; others add sour cream and dill. foodeye says Joanne Weir’s cucumber and feta salad is great on its own or as a sandwich filling. toveggiegirl loves Asian cucumber ribbon salad, and linguafood makes it Thai-style with fish sauce, lime juice, a bit of Sriracha, and tons of garlic.

Chilled water with cucumber is very refreshing on a hot day, says ola (try CHOW’s Cucumber-Orange Water). Or make tzatziki, the Greek dish of yogurt, chopped or grated cucumber, garlic, and dill, for dipping pita or as a condiment for grilled meats. CHOW’s Cucumber and Cumin Yogurt Relish uses mint instead of dill.

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