Fast and Easy Cucumber Picante Sauce Recipe

Cucumbers are one of those funny vegetables that get stuck in one of two categories – eat them fresh in salads or put them up by making pickles. As I have found this summer, there are only so many Cucumber Salads and Fermented Pickles my family can take. It was a natural transition to experiment with a picante sauce recipe.

Make the most of garden fresh cucumbers - blend them up with fresh garlic to make a flavorful picante sauce.

We eat really simple food; we always welcome a flavorful sauce. Whether it is stir-fry and rice, a pot of beans and potatoes, a simple frittata, or huge soups or salads from garden abundance, simple food is nourishment. Pulling all of these homegrown ingredients together is almost always a ferment and some sort of fresh, zingy sauce.

So why not make the most of those cucumbers and the abundance from our garlic harvest and blend them up into a picante sauce? It’s just one more way to put homegrown food on the table and let the ingredients speak for themselves.

Cucumber Picante Sauce


  • 2 cups peeled and roughly chopped cucumber
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt


Place all ingredients in a blender (or a quart jar, if using a stick blender) and blend until the picante sauce is a consistency that you’re happy with. Chunky or smooth, it’s your call.

Pour over salads, beans, meats, or veggie bowls. Serve as a dipping sauce for quesadillas, potato wedges, or raw vegetables. Or, enjoy as a gazpacho along side crusty bread on a hot day.

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About Shannon Stonger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family's journey towards sustainability. She is the author of the sourdough baking book 100% Rye and released Traditionally Fermented Foods in May 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

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