Cucumbers are an ideal hydrating food, as their water content is high and the hot summer months are their peak season. Raw cucumbers are incredibly versatile used as a snack, on sandwiches, in salads, or puréed into a cold soup. And don’t dismiss cucumbers in cooking, as they can be grilled or sautéed, as well. One of the simplest uses is to make a pitcher of refreshing cucumber water. Here’s how:

Hydrating Cucmber Water

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced

Directions:

Float the rounds of cucumber in the water from several hours to overnight in the refrigerator. Place a cucumber slice in each glass before serving. Add a fresh mint leaf or squeeze of lime for extra flavor.

Another quick fix is a cucumber tea sandwich.   What could be more refreshing on a hot day than to spread a little cream cheese mixed with fresh chopped herbs on wheat bread and top with cucumber slices. Eat it open-faced or top it with another slice with spread, and cut into quarters. The crunch of the cucumber with the creaminess of the cheese and the texture of the bread has made this a classic around the world.

Now that you’re properly hydrated, try these fresh cucumber recipes for quick, cool, summer eating.

Microwave Bread and Butter Pickles

Cold Cucumber Buttermilk Soup

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Mashed Potatoes with Cucumber

Marinated Cucumber Salad