Farmer’s Market Finds: Cucumbers

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we’ll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, we’re focusing on cucumbers.

The summer’s coming to its midway point, and the days are scorching. Luckily, this week’s Farmer’s Market Finds will keep you cool: cucumbers. You can eat your water with this hydrating veggie, sneaking in extra doses of fluids to keep you glowing. When buying cucumbers at the market, search for a bright, even green on the skin. They should be firm in your hand, and not bendy. Smaller cucumbers are crispier, making them a crunchy addition to many of your summer cucumber recipes. These are just a few ways to get creative in the kitchen, all while staying cool.


Quick-Poached Shrimp and Sautéed Cucumber With Chile and Mint

Photo by Greg DuPree

While cucumber isn’t the protagonist of this 45-minute weeknight dinner, it’s a crucial ingredient in pulling it all together. Spice it up with chile and cool it down with mint, all while adding the crunch of the cucumber.

Get the recipe: Quick Poached Shrimp and Sautéed Cucumber With Chile and Mint


Cucumber and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Photo by Ken Kochey

Step aside, PB&J. While these sandwiches look deluxe, they require just 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to construct. Cucumbers, walnuts and watercress maintain their bite, while balanced out by the creaminess of the goat cheese.

Get the recipe: Cucumber and Goat Cheese Sandwiches


Cucumbers With Fried and Pickled Shallots

Photo by Greg Dupree

Rice vinegar gives the cucumbers a lightly pickled flavor, complemented by crispy shallots that taste just like onion rings. Plus, you can whip this crowd-pleasing side up in just 30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Cucumbers With Fried and Pickled Shallots


Cucumber, Agave, and Mint Pops

Photo by Jens Mortensen

Nothing screams summer like a refreshing batch of ice pops. Simply puree all 5 ingredients to create the sweet mixture, then freeze until firm and ready to serve. Cucumber’s mild flavor is the ingredient you didn’t know you needed in your pops.

Get the recipe: Cucumber, Agave, and Mint Pops


Cucumber-Avocado Soup With Prosciutto Toasts

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Cucumber and avocado are the two mean, green machines that create a smooth soup base. This soup is made perfect by the coolness of the cucumber, making it a refreshing 15-minute meal on a scorching summer day.

Get the recipe: Cucumber-Avocado Soup With Prosciutto Toasts