Cucumbers: low calorie, low carbohydrate, summer cooler

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-06-06 14:44:41 -0500
Started 2012-05-27 18:29:15 -0500

Used to not like cucumbers, but that has changed in the last six months as I have found them to be a useful low carb snack as well as a great way to reduce the dark circles under my eyes! Very versatile!!

The attached link will take you to lifescript's recipe section for a group of 10 recipes for cucumber salads (2), soup, w/salmon, and etc.

The one I have used the most recently is the simplest one: thinly sliced cucumbers, sprinkled with champagne vinegar, and sometimes a hint of sweetener. Serve these well chilled for a very refreshing snack that also helps lower your blood glucose levels.

103 replies

tabby9146 2012-06-06 11:52:52 -0500 Report

I love the small pickling cucumbers bettr than the larger ones. thanks for posting this!

Caroltoo 2012-06-06 14:44:41 -0500 Report

Yes, I like the younger ones also, but they are hard to find right now. All are pretty large, so I've planted some in my garden. I'll pick them earlier because I won't be trying to optimize crop size/weight for profit!

techguy87114 2012-06-02 21:51:55 -0500 Report

I love cucumber! If I'm not eating it with salad I eat slices with carrots and low fat ranch. Simple recipe- sliced cucumber ( the size of each piece is up to you ), baby carrots. Place cucumber & carrots in a container with a lid. Add ranch to taste, close lid on container and shake to coat cut up pieces.

Crisp & refreshing on hot summer days. Especially great after chilled.

techguy87114 2012-06-03 00:02:17 -0500 Report

I never knew that either! The smell of cucumber does not affect me but where the smell comes from is certainly good to know! Thanks!

pixsidust 2012-06-01 12:30:11 -0500 Report

I like tomato and cucumber salad with onions!

Caroltoo 2012-06-01 12:36:20 -0500 Report

Sounds like a great combination. What do you use for a dressing?

pixsidust 2012-06-01 13:57:58 -0500 Report

This is Rachel Rays recipe, however italian dressing is also good


5 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
A generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons
2 splashes red wine vinegar
Coarse salt and black pepper


Dress the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Let stand while you prepare dinner, about 20 minutes.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-30 21:28:51 -0500 Report

There was a discussion about cucumbers just a couple of months ago here and I was surprised at the the responses that they smelled? I love them anyway you serve them.

dietcherry 2012-05-30 21:33:39 -0500 Report

Man Im glad Im not the only one rfl cuz I was starting to think I was! lol They dont smell to me at all and I can barely taste them either, except for a bit of bitterness about some of them—still like them tho.

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 21:36:20 -0500 Report

Maybe we should take a poll.

How many of us can smell cucumbers and how many of us can't?

jayabee52 2012-06-05 00:28:27 -0500 Report

now I have smelled the cucumber scent for lotions ect, and it does not smell as nasty to me as the real cucumbers.

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 21:32:14 -0500 Report

James and Nick were discussing that on here also. James says they stink. Nick says it the seeds causing the smell. I'm not aware of the scent either. Do enjoy them though.

Nick1962 2012-05-31 10:36:31 -0500 Report

I was more suggesting to James the seeds were the cause of his stomach distress, but I know once i seed a cuke the smell diminishes as well.

Caroltoo 2012-05-31 12:43:29 -0500 Report

Entirely possible as raw seeds are generally harder to digest. James later said he could eat pickles (before his kidney issues) and they still have the seeds, so perhaps not the source in this case.

I was reacting with surprise to his observation of their scent. It had not registered on my perceptions at all.

Nick1962 2012-05-31 13:40:47 -0500 Report

Funny, cucumbers are one of the only things we eat seed and all. The hull of that seed is usually what causes the distress because so many enzymes are required to break it down. Pickling usually starts that process for us.
Unfortunately, the seed is also where the bulk of nutrients are stored, so by me pre-seeding them, I lose a lot of their value.
I'm only slightly sensitive to the scent, but I've heard people say it smells like broccolli when it goes bad.

squog master
squog master 2012-05-30 23:00:42 -0500 Report

I never thought that cucumbers smelled bad. Or when they did I knew they were bad and it was time to toss them out. But I like them so they don't usually get that far.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-30 21:49:35 -0500 Report

I guess if you don't like something you can always come up with something:) I don't get the smell thing either? More for me and you:D

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 15:04:45 -0500 Report

You may start a trend, Jimmuel.

jimmuel 2012-05-30 15:26:20 -0500 Report

I always like to be differant then the your right I might start a trend,I still say there has to be someone around hear that no's what a cukes are,I'll keep looking

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 18:22:39 -0500 Report

Carol I use to live outside of Annapolis. My cousin turned a half acre of his land into a garden. I would get a cuke in the morning and slice it and add salt and vinegar and put it in the fridge to chill. By late afternoon it was a cooling snack. My mom use to do that for us all summer and these days if I eat one a piece in a salad I have heartburn for the rest of the night.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 22:27:30 -0500 Report

Have you tried an organically raised one? I'm thinking I used to burp them for hours after eating them, so stopped eating them years ago. More recently, after developing chronic heartburn that turned out to really be gluten intolerance, I've been able to eat them with no problem. Makes no sense unless it is the difference in amount of pesticides and such that are in them. That would fit the timeframe for your change from able to eat (from the "home farm") to not able to eat (commercially grown) also. Just a thought. They are to yummy to miss if there is a way around it.

jimmuel 2012-05-29 11:57:38 -0500 Report

I've never herd of cucumbers called cukes before,as for the burpless ones they still make me belch cucumber,but I still love them an eat them all year long as long as there in the store in the winter anyway,I love them in white vinager an videlia onions soak overnight,there great,

DeanaG 2012-05-30 20:25:04 -0500 Report

My Mom use to keep a bowl in the fridge!

Caroltoo 2012-05-30 21:51:55 -0500 Report

Several of us do that now, Deana. Do you?

eristar 2012-05-30 06:15:13 -0500 Report

I've shortened it to "cukes" all my life, and I'm a midwest gall all the way. But I'm with you with the vinegar and videlias!!!

jimmuel 2012-05-30 14:40:43 -0500 Report

there the best eating onions you can buy,an make the best vingar an onion sliced cucumbers or as all you say cukes,

JSJB 2012-05-30 04:00:44 -0500 Report

I grow them in the garden and love to eat them with onions and sour cream with a cap full of vinager.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 18:12:00 -0500 Report

If you can find them, English Cucumbers are not as harsh as their Amercan cousins. Try looking for them in Trader Joe's, Wegman's or Whole Foods. I don't eat them because they now give me heartburn.

JSJB 2012-05-30 04:01:54 -0500 Report

Will have to check out Wegmans. They might have my low card hot dog and hamburger rolls.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 12:04:15 -0500 Report

The "cukes" may be a west coast thing … I first heard it when I was living in California about 30 years ago. I, too, did not find that burpless cucumbers translated into a burpless me, but I've come to really enjoy cucumbers regardless. Yummy.

Now onions, on the other hand, don't agree with me at all enless they are cooked. So I won't be trying your recipe, but I hope others do. It sounds like it would taste good and be a refreshingly cool summer dish.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 18:13:01 -0500 Report

I think its a southern term because that is what we always called them and you see it spelled cukes in some supermarkets.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 18:15:24 -0500 Report

Could be and I've heard my mother use the term while we were living in CA. She was a southern gal; grew up in Virginia.

jimmuel 2012-05-29 12:27:59 -0500 Report

the acid in the vingar reduces the stong taste of the onions an thats another reson I use vidia onions there not a strong onion when you slice a videlai they dont even make your eyes water,there a sweet onion,but I understand about something not agreeing with you,I wouldnt try them either if they dont agree with me

jayabee52 2012-05-29 12:10:30 -0500 Report

Carol, I grew up in the midwest (Nw OH) and they were called cukes there also, so it is more widespread than just a west coast thing.

jimmuel 2012-05-30 14:51:08 -0500 Report

I went around an asked my mother an her brothers an other as I call them old timers ,no disrespect to anyone on hear,but they all range in age from 60 to 88 years old an lived hear all there lives,an none of them has ever herd of cukes or cucumbers being called cukes they laughed at me an siad they must be pulling your leg,so i showed them the discussion an your all crazy,no affence to anyone,there all backwoods dont get around,I believe everyone an Im going to start calling them cukes,just to be differant

jimmuel 2012-05-29 12:22:13 -0500 Report

I live in,central IL,an worked for farmers all over the area,an never herd them refer to cukes but that doesnt mean there not some calling them that,where a little backwoods here then most places.

Caroltoo 2012-05-29 12:32:14 -0500 Report

Language is such an interesting thing. This reminds me of a time when I was driving from Los Angeles, CA to Annapolis, MD. I was somewhere in the sprawling midwest, but don't recall the city. I ordered a "burger" for dinner. The waitress looked totally puzzled and said, "a what?" I repeated, she still didn't get it, so I said, "I would like to order a hamburger." The response was instant, "Oh, is that what you want?. What did you call it?"

locarbarbie 2012-05-30 06:27:59 -0500 Report

You are right, although it seems odd that anyone would not know what a burger is! I grew up in Chicago and we called those things you wear on your feet gym shoes…otherwise known as sneakers, tennis shoes etc. I STILL call them gym shoes and get funny looks! When I moved to Winamac Indiana, I ordered a chili dog (pre-diabetes) and the waitress did not know what I meant, they called them Spanish Dogs. I used to work for a lady who referred to ground beef as "hamburg", not hamburger. I have since seen that in some cookbooks, the kind small organizations put together. By the way, from Chicago, now Michigan and I call them cukes also.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-29 18:20:21 -0500 Report

Carol dialects and word terms vary from state to state and even within cities. For instance I was in CT and asked the price of soda and they called it a Pop. In Baltimore we call submarine sandwiches subs while in Philly they are called Hoagies. In Baltimore older people refer to their kitchen sinks as "Zincs" because that is what they were made of. By the way us old timers still refer to Annapolis as "Naptown" don't ask me why…lol no one knows. Baltimoreans use to call Red Bricks "alley apples" don't know why. A person from another section of the city asked a vendor in the farmers market to cut a melon half into. The vendor did what anyone would have done and cut it in half. The customer said no I said half into. He actually wanted the melon quartered. LOOL go figure that one out the first time you hear it…too funny.

jayabee52 2012-05-29 12:49:15 -0500 Report

I have lived in several places in the midwest before coming to Vegas and I found the language relating to food quite interesting. When I lived in Nw NE for a while I was asked "Do you want another Tavern?" She was referring to what most would call a "sloppy Joe". It took me a minute or so to register and I asked about where that term came from. "Around here that is what is commonly served in Taverns".

And Jimmuel, being from cent. IL would perhaps know what eating a "Horseshoe" or "Ponyshoe" would be. It is an open-faced sandwitch, preferably toasted, with a slab of meat (usually hamburger or a slice of ham) topped with french fries and covered with melted cheese sauce. A ponyshoe was a smaller horseshoe.

In MN a "hotdish" would = what we would call a "cassarole"

Then there are regional dishes like "pirogies" (baked dough wrapped around a ground beef and cabbage filling) and "burgoo" (a beet stew concoction). It was intersting living in all those places, to be sure.

locarbarbie 2012-05-30 06:52:36 -0500 Report

Pirogies are a Polish dumpling (delish) and in Whiting, Indiana they have an annual pierogie festival, and have several different varieties. I grew up with those but have never heard of the others you listed. Now my mouth is watering with all this food talk!

jimmuel 2012-05-29 13:12:08 -0500 Report

yes I've had horshoe's all my life we also have a hot plate witch is a slabe of bread an mashed potatoe's roast beef or pork roast smotherd in brown gravy,our perogies are stuffed with mashed potatoes an onions with chedder cheese.yes it would be interesting to live in all those differant places,I've traveled all over the U.S an mexico, canida but I've only lived in Illinois,on a farm or in a small town.I 've never herd of burgoo,sounds like I would like it,I love beef stew

jayabee52 2012-05-29 23:33:28 -0500 Report

Burgoo is BEET (as in red beet) and that was mostly found in W Central IL close to the big river as I had college friends in that area. Had never heard of a "hot plate" sounds interesting.

I used to live in Athens, a small town about 20 mi from Springfield IL for about 2 yrs.

jimmuel 2012-05-30 00:22:48 -0500 Report

I live in cuba ,Its 45min west of peoria,I've no where athens is went through many of times,we raise beets in are gardon an we pickle them,I never liked them as a kid. but now I eat them all the time same way with sweet potatoe's,there really good but high in carbs,I cant have them anymore,its hard to believe the differnt sayings for things in america,

jayabee52 2012-05-30 01:06:24 -0500 Report

It has been a long time since I've been in that area but I travelled the interstate going south to Springfield, and I believe I remember seeing the sign pointing toward Cuba. Funny how the names of the towns are pronounced there also. Athens is not pronounced the same as its namesake in Greece, but it is pronounced "Aythens" 'round there. And San Jose is not pronounced like the Spanish name with the "J" making the H sound, but insted making the "J" sound. Strange.

locarbarbie 2012-05-30 06:41:14 -0500 Report

When I first moved to Michigan I commented on the city of Charlotte, and was told, no, it is pronounced Char Lot', emphasis on second syllable, unlike North Carolina. When in Winamac, Indiana the county was Pulaski, prounounced with an eye at the end instead of ski.
Politically incorrect or not…this drives me nuts!

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