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smashed cucumber salad

refreshing smashed cucumber salad
Course Appetizer, lunch, Side Dish, Snack, starter


  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves garlic finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  • Wrap each cucumber in cling film to minimise splattering.
  • Place on a work surface and pound with a flat object (could use a meat tenderiser or rolling pin) until the cucumbers crack and are slightly flattened. Remove from the cling film.
  • Slice into 1- to 1 1/2 -inch wide slices.
  • Transfer to a strainer set over a bowl.
  • Sprinkle cucumber with sugar and salt.
  • Mix the cucumbers and salt until combined.
  • Refrigerate bowl and strainer for 30 to 60 minutes so cucumber pieces can drain into the bowl.
  • Place garlic, seasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together thoroughly.
  • Transfer drained cucumbers into the bowl with dressing.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Place cucumbers in a serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.