• Cucumbers are not only refreshing and hydrating but also incredibly versatile. However, some people find their flavour to be mild or bland. If you’re looking to make cucumbers taste better and elevate their taste profile, try these five simple yet effective tips.

    Marinate them:

    Marinating cucumbers can infuse them with a burst of flavour. Slice the cucumbers and place them in a bowl with a mixture of vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and your choice of herbs and spices. Allow the cucumbers to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The longer they marinate, the more intense the flavours will be. Serve them as a refreshing side dish or add them to salads.

    Sprinkle with salt:

    Salt can bring out the natural flavours of cucumbers and make them taste more vibrant. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over sliced cucumbers and let them sit for a few minutes to draw out excess moisture. Rinse the cucumbers with water to remove the salt and pat them dry. The result will be a crisper and tastier cucumber.

    Add a zesty dressing:

    Cucumbers pair wonderfully with tangy dressings. Whip up a quick dressing by combining plain yoghurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, and a pinch of dill or parsley. Toss the sliced cucumbers in the dressing just before serving. The creamy and zesty flavours will transform the cucumbers into a delectable side dish or a topping for sandwiches.

    Experiment with herbs and spices:

    Enhance the taste of cucumbers by incorporating herbs and spices. Sprinkle freshly chopped mint, basil, cilantro, or dill over sliced cucumbers to add a burst of freshness. Additionally, spices like black pepper, cumin, or paprika can provide a subtle kick to the cucumbers, making them more interesting and flavorful.

    Pair with complementary ingredients:

    Combining cucumbers with complementary ingredients can elevate their taste. Create a refreshing salad by tossing cucumbers with juicy watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Alternatively, make a cucumber and avocado salsa by mixing diced cucumbers, ripe avocado, red onion, lime juice, and a dash of chilli flakes. The contrasting flavours will make the cucumbers taste exceptional.

    With these simple techniques, you can easily transform the flavour of cucumbers from ordinary to extraordinary. Experiment with marinating, dressing, seasoning, and pairing to create mouthwatering cucumber creations. Enjoy!

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    https://www.foodandhome.co.za/recipes/vegetable-pakora-rice-salad-cucumber-raita

    Written by Kaylum Keet for BONA.

    Feature image: Getty

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