5 Cooling Cucumber Recipes

July 15, 2016
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Behold the cucumber, the perfect ingredient for all of your summer picnics! Seriously, cucumbers are the under appreciated nutrition heroes of the fresh produce aisle. Cucumbers are hydrating, cooling to the body and mind, naturally cleansing and have incredible benefits for digestion, skin, and hair. At Zama we LOVE cucumbers and feature them in many of our treatments including our cucumber infused water!

For this reason, we have put 5 unique cucumber recipes for you to enjoy and access more cucumber goodness.

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Cucumber Gin & Tonic

Why not take advantage of cucumber's calming and cleansing properties while enjoying an adult beverage? Adding cucumbers to this classic summer favorite, will add smoothness to the taste and reduce inflammation caused by the alcohol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 part gin
  • 2 parts tonic water
  • ice
  • 4 cucumber slices or spears
  • lime wedges

Cucumber Lavender Water

Drinking infused water is definitely the way to go. Cucumber water soothes the body awater lav cukend mind, while giving you a shot of B vitamins and alkalinity. You will find that you will drink more water when you add cucumbers to your water glass. Cucumbers in water are great for sports recovery too because they help reduce inflammation and promote lymphatic drainage. Add in a few sprigs of lavender for an out of this world flavor.

Instructions:

  • Add many slices of cucumbers to glass jar
  • Fill with water
  • Optional: add lavender sprigs

You can let combined ingredients cool in fridge for a few hours for stronger flavor.

Cucumber Kimchee

Cucumber Recipes

Take advantage of cucumber's digestive magic with this recipe. Kimchee is spicy and salty can be enjoyed alongside meats, grilled vegetables, whole grains, or soup. You can eat this cucumber kimchee recipe right away, but we encourage you to let it sit so that the flavors combine and it ferments a little to add more digestive benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Persian or English cucumbers
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ - 2 tablespoons Korean Spice- we used Annie Chun's Korean Sweet & Spicy
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 carrot, sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced diagonally

Instructions:

  1. Clean and cut cucumbers lengthwise and then into 1/2" slices. Place into colander.
  2. Salt cucumbers with 1/4 teaspoon salt and let them sit and sweat for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add cucumbers.

Eat right away or put the cucumber kimchee into a jar and let sit on counter overnight to ferment and soften. Store in fridge. Recipe Adapted from: http://hapanom.com/quick-cucumber-kimchi/

Sunflower Seed Paté

Okay, so this recipe does not actually have cucumbers in it, but they are the PERFECT companion. Spread this nutritional and tasty goodness on your favorite veggies, layer it on nori wrappers, scoop it with a hearty cracker, or eat it with a spoon! This vegan paté is filling and easy to digest.

Ingredients:cucumber

  • 2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1 to 2 lemons juiced, approx 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely cut thyme
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Soak sunflower seeds in water for at least 2 hours. (Overnight is fine.) Drain and rinse.
  2. Combine all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste.

cucumber sorbetCucumber Basil Sorbet

Cool, refreshing, and full of good for you ingredients, take a chance on this fun summer dessert! Surprise your guests at a summer dinner or make for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up-sweet-tooth-snack. You'll feel refreshed and alert with this surprisingly delicious sorbet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Persian or English Cucumbers rinsed and cut
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons gin or vodka, to help sorbet stay soft when freezing
  • pinch salt
  • 10 leaves or more of fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Blend ingredients together.
  2. Pour into ice cream or sorbet maker and run until ready, about 30 to 45 mins.

Recipe adapted from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1225/Homemade-Cucumber-Sorbet.html

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