8 Refreshing Cucumber Recipes for Summer...

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I love cucumbers in the summertime, they add a wonderful crisp and crunch to sandwiches, salads, and many other summer recipes. You can mix them in with your rice, beans, and even blend them together for a cool summer soup. If you enjoy them as much as I do, get creative and try one of these 8 Refreshing Cucumber Recipes for Summer...

1. Cucumber-Lime Granita Recipe...

Cucumber-Lime Granita Recipe...

I have a confession to make, before finding this cucumber recipe I have never heard of granita before, shocking, I know! So it seems that granita is just frozen fruit juices or in this case, frozen veggie juices. You blend the fruit to get the juice, pour it in a glass baking pan, freeze it for a few hours, scrape it to get the icy, chunky texture, freeze it for a few more hours, and then presto chango, you have yourself a cucumber-lime granita!

Recipe Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 cucumbers

• 2 limes, freshly squeezed

Directions:

• Line shallow dish with parchment paper. In 2-quart saucepan, beat sugar and water with whisk until blended. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until mixture becomes a thin syrup. Cool.

• Remove most of peel from cucumbers. With spoon, scoop out seeds. Chop cucumber into cubes.

• In blender, place cucumbers, lime juice and syrup. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour into dish. Cover; freeze 2 to 3 hours or until completely frozen.

• Rake fork through mixture. Serve immediately, or return granita to freezer until ready to serve.

Source: Betty Crocker

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