Cucumber Boats: A Delicious and Easy Summer

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Are you looking for an easy and delicious summer recipe? Try cucumber boats! This recipe is perfect for picnics and backyard parties. Simple ingredients and a few steps lead to a tasty treat that’s sure to please everyone!

Mediterranean Cucumber boats
cucumber boats on a plate

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Summer-Perfect: These cucumber boats are a refreshing, light bite for warm weather days.
  • Simple Preparation: With few ingredients and steps, it’s an easy recipe to whip up.
  • Healthy and Tasty: Not only delicious, they’re low-carb and packed with nutritious veggies.

Ingredients for Mediterranean Cucumber Boats

  • Mini Cucumbers: The main ingredient, they serve as the “boats,” providing a refreshing crunch.
  • Chopped Grilled Chicken Pieces: Adds protein and a smoky flavor to the dish.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Brings a sweet, tangy note and vibrant color.
  • Hummus: Used as a spread, it lends a creamy texture and rich, savory flavor.
  • Red Onion: Delivers a sharp, spicy kick that contrasts nicely with the other ingredients.
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese: Offers a salty tang that rounds out the flavors and adds a hint of creaminess.

How to Make Cucumber Boats?

Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise, and scoop the seeds and flesh out from the center.

scoop the seeds

Smooth a tablespoon of hummus into each cucumber half.

Smooth a tablespoon of hummus into each cucumber

Top each cucumber half with the red onion, tomatoes, grilled chicken and feta cheese.

How yummy!

top with grilled chicken

Serve immediately, or chill before serving if desired.

cucumber boats

What Can I Serve With Cucumber Boats?

These cucumber boats make a great light lunch or snack. If you’re looking for something heartier, you could serve them with a side salad or some whole grain bread.

cucumber boats

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean diet is a popular eating pattern that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and olive oil. The diet also includes moderate amounts of fish, poultry, dairy, and red wine. While there are many different interpretations of the Mediterranean diet, most versions share these common features. these fantastic cucumber boats are a great lunchtime snack for someone on the Mediterranean diet.

Healthy Cucumber Boats

When it comes to these cucumber boats, they are packed with goodness and nutrition. The base of the cucumber boats is, of course, cucumbers. Cucumbers are a great source of vitamins K and C, as well as manganese, potassium, and biotin. They’re also 95% water, making them great hydrating food.
Hummus Filling
The next ingredient in these healthy cucumber boats is hummus. Hummus is a delicious and nutritious paste made from chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice.
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, while tahini is a good source of healthy fats. Garlic has many health benefits, including being a natural antibiotic. Finally, lemon juice is full of vitamin C.
To make your own Homemade Hummus, check out this recipe.
Cucumber Boat Topping
The final ingredient in these cucumber boats is the topping. I like to top mine with diced tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives. You could also use diced avocado, chopped nuts, or even grilled chicken.
These toppings all bring their own nutritional benefits to the table.

What Is a Good Substitute for Hummus?

If you want a different base for your cucumber boats then you can substitute the hummus with cream cheese, greek yogurt or even a white bean dip.

How Long Do Cucumber Boats Last?

These cucumber boats will last in the fridge for up to two days. However, I would recommend eating them within the first day for the best taste and texture.
cucumber boats

Can You Freeze Cucumber Boats?

I wouldn’t recommend freezing these cucumber boats as the cucumbers will become watery and the texture will be off.

cucumber boats

Cucumber Boats: A Delicious and Easy Summer

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The Easy, Delicious Cucumber Boats


  • 4 Mini cucumbers
  • ¼ C. Chopped grilled chicken pieces
  • 8 Cherry tomatoes cut into fourths
  • 8 Tbsp. Hummus
  • ¼ Red onion chopped finely
  • ¼ C. Crumbled feta cheese


Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise, and scoop the seeds and flesh out from the

Smooth a tablespoon of hummus into each cucumber half.

Top each cucumber half with the red onion, tomatoes, grilled chicken and feta

Serve immediately, or chill before serving if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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