People are bonkers for suddenly trendy cucumber salads this summer, but guess what? This refreshing side dish has been around forever, with variations coming from all over the globe. Here are a few of our top-rated cucumber salads that have rich histories in faraway places, along with suggestions on what to serve alongside those beloved recipes.
Just five ingredients in this gem, plus salt and pepper, it’s super easy to put together in the morning for dinner that evening because it soaks up the marinade the longer it sits.
Serve with: Chicken Paprikash II or Chef John’s Beef Goulash.
The bright flavors are driven by citrus, olive oil and mint, making this salad a brilliant complement to succulent grilled meats.
Serve with: Middle Eastern Kibbeh.
A Greek classic, which offers a creamy tang from yogurt without the heavy calorie count of sour cream. Again, goes so well with foods cooked over flames.
Serve with: Chicken Souvalki or Chef John’s Grilled Lamb Steaks.
This Japanese favorite walks the fine line between sweet and tart, with this version offering an extra layer of yummy from the addition of minced ginger. A staple of the bento box, this salad shines alongside deep-fried seafood and veggies, as well as all sorts of chicken teriyaki.
Serve with: Shrimp Tempura or Yakisoba Chicken.
Cilantro and chopped peanuts set this lovely-to-look at salad apart, giving it added crunch. Like its salty-sweet cousins from other countries, this offers an awesome contrast to so many dishes, but it’s especially cool when taming the heat from a fiery curry.
Serve with: Thai Steamed Mussels or Spicy Chicken Thai Soup.
This one’s like Kimchi 101, a fresh, not fermented preparation. The chili-infused dish relies on gochujang for heat. That’s the way popular Korean paste made from chili, fermented soy beans and glutinous rice.
Serve with: Korean BBQ Galbi or Bibimbap.
Tastes like summer on a spoon, combining corn, sweet onions, colorful bell peppers and chopped cukes, seasoning the veggies with garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes.
Serve with: Easy Chicken Enchiladas.