Cucumber Salsa
Get the recipe for Cucumber Salsa ». Kristy Mucci

John Karangis, Executive chef at Union Square Events, shared this recipe for a refreshing cucumber salsa. Use a mix of cucumbers for texture and flavor contrast, especially lemon cucumbers and watermelon gherkins if you can find them. Add the herbs no more than 2 hours before serving, and use whichever variety you like, though the lemon balm is especially nice.

Watermelon Gherkins
Yield: serves 2-4 people
Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup cucumbers, a mix of yellow, green, and watermelon gherkins, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red jalapeño, finely diced
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. mint, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. basil, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon balm, thinly sliced


  1. In a medium bowl, add the cucumbers, onion, lime juice, olive oil, jalapeño, and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine and taste for salt. Add more if desired. Stir in the sliced herbs, and serve immediately.