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Smashed Cucumber Salad

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  • Author: Jackie Shao - Easy Gourmet by Jackie
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8


super fresh, crunchy, and a great pairing to any asian dish


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For the Smashed Cucumber Salad

  • 12 persian cucumbers or any small thin skinned cucumber
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes – if you can, try and get the freshest ones possible (etc. at a farmers market – they should burst with sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Using the flat edge of your knife, smash the thin skinned cucumbers. use your fingers to break apart the cucumbers into 1-2″ pieces. They don’t all need to be the same size. Add the cucumbers to a colander and toss with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. 
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and add them to a mixing bowl. Chop the cilantro (if using), and add this to the tomatoes as well.
  3. Begin to make the salad dressing by combining in a small bowl, the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and kosher salt. Give this a slight mix to allow the sugar and salt to dissolve, then pour over tomatoes and cucumbers. Give everything a mix, taste, adjust seasoning, top with sesame seeds, and serve. 
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Asian