20 Amazing Cucumber Pairings For You To Try
· April 5, 2021

What goes well with Cucumber?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Cucumber. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Dill

    E.g. English cucumber and dill sandwiches.No English afternoon tea would be complete without cucumber sandwiches - it simply wouldn't be cricket old chap. Dainty and light, they made a perfect partner for a mid-afternoon snack and were all the rage with the Victorian upper crust.

    The perfect sandwich calls for soft white bread which is so light it will instantly melt in your mouth and the cucumbers should be deseeded to avoid the sandwiches turning into a soggy mush. Traditionally butter would be the only sauce used but others recommend mayonnaise, cream cheese or even scrambled eggs. For this pairing try mixing freshly chopped dill with the cream cheese and salt lightly.

  • Garlic

    E.g. Tzatziki.This Greek sauce is great on sandwiches or eaten along with a good ole curry. It's made from grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and dill. No dill? OK, well how about some mint? No mint? Well make the dish anyway... it still tastes great.

  • Mango

    E.g. Cucumber and mango salsa.Cucumbers have a cool and slightly bitter tasting property thanks to their green skins. Mangoes, on the other hand, are rich, sweet and in some varieties, quite tart. Together they balance one another brilliantly. The mango's sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness of the cucumber and the cucumber helps to keep the mango's sweetness under control. Visually they are pretty to the eye with their matching green and yellow colours.

    A simple way to pair them is via this quick salsa, perfect for grilled meats and BBQs.

  • Mint

    E.g. Tzatziki.Tzatziki is a cool, refreshing dip from the Mediterranean best eaten with grilled meats and spicy food. It requires few ingredients, and hardly any prep, yet so tasty and moreish. Its core ingredients, which deliver the overall refreshing experience, are grated cucumber and freshly chopped mint. These, along with a very generous amount of garlic for extra oomph, are mixed into a bowl of yogurt and seasoned with salt. Some versions switch the mint for dill, another refreshing herb.

  • Miso

    E.g. Morokyu.A common summer side dish served in Japanese Izakayas is Moromiso Kyuri or Morokyu for short. Sticks of chilled cucumber are served with a dipping sauce made from miso mixed with other ingredients such as sugar, soy sauce and fermented barley. The dip has a slightly lumpy texture and taste has a rich, sweet and nutty taste. Together they taste great.

    If you can't be bothered to make Moromiso, no worry as neither can most Japanese who are content to just use regular miso instead. Simply slice up some sticks of cucumber onto a plate, pat dry with a towel and season them gently with salt. Finally add a dollop of plain ole miso on the plate's edge and dunk away.

    Make sure the cucumber is chilled and slightly salted - some restaurants will even serve it on a bed of ice. If you can only get your on hands on the more watery western cucumber make sure to deseed them to remove their watery centers.

  • Sesame

    E.g. Japanese cucumber salad.Another really simple and fresh salad using sesame and cucumber. Cut up the cucumber into 1 inch chunks. If you are using the bigger western variety of cucumbers, you should deseed first to get rid of the watery center. Then create a simple dressing of sesame oil, white or black sesame seeds and raiyu. If you don't have raiyu try adding a dash of chili powder instead. Mix the dressing with the cucumber and season with salt. Place in the fridge to chill and then serve.

  • Watermelon

    E.g. Cucumber and watermelon salad.Cucumber and watermelon actually have a lot more in common then you might realize.

    They both come from the same plant family; have a similar texture and water content and are both cooling and refreshing.

    Similar to watermelon and feta cheese, a common sighting for these two flavors is in summer salads.

    Try combing equal amounts of chopped cucumber and watermelon and dress with loads of lime juice, some hoisin sauce, parsley and salt. For some heat add a little chopped chili.