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Smashed Cucumber Salad

This Chinese style salad is very good and you should try it. It’s fun to make because you get to beat up a cucumber! Sometimes we add extra vegetables to the salad so that it stretches a bit. Otherwise it gets eaten too fast and then it’s all gone and we are all sad. Things like thinly sliced red cabbage go nicely and add a pop of colour. The dressing in this Smashed Cucumber Salad is addictively delicious.

Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 1 long English cucumber

  • 2-4 garlic cloves, pressed or crushed and minced

  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

  • 2 tsp chili oil

  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1 /2 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp chili crisp


Loosely wrap the cucumber in a dish towel (splatter control!) and place on a cutting board. Carefully but enthusiastically smash the cucumber with a heavy kitchen tool (think cleaver, meat pounder, muddler, rolling pin… you get the idea).

Cut the smashed cucumber into 1/4 -1/2 inch chunks, place in a serving bowl and add the garlic.

In a separate small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.

When you’re ready to serve and eat the salad, pour the sauce over the cucumbers and mix well.

Enjoy friends