Creamy Ranch dressing makes a perfect cucumber dip for fresh, crisp vegetables straight from the garden. Homemade or store bought, this classic also provides a wonderful base for adding your own flavorful twist. Try out a few of these favorite cucumber dip additions for your next alfresco snacking fix.

•Stir in a favorite condiment, from simple mustard or barbecue sauce to diced pickles or even pesto.

•Turn up the heat with Sriracha, diced green chiles, Worcestershire, chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, salsa, Mexican hot sauce or Moroccan harissa paste.

•Brighten your classic Ranch cucumber dip with lemon zest and a squeeze of juice.

•Add more herbs including dill, chives, parsley, oregano or basil.

•Mix in your favorite flavor-packed cheese: think bleu, feta, Parmesan or sharp cheddar.

•Kick it up with lime juice, cilantro and diced avocado.

•Go for broke with roasted Poblano chiles, sautéed onions, crumbled bacon or roasted garlic.

Want to try your hand at growing your own cukes? Use our latest cucumber growing guide.

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