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Smashed Cucumber Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min (includes sit time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 medium English cucumbers

Kosher salt 

1 teaspoon sugar 

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 

2 teaspoons soy sauce 

1 teaspoon sesame oil 

1 small clove garlic, finely grated 

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes, optional 


  1. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise. Put the slices on a cutting board, skin-side-up. Use the flat side of your knife to lightly smash along the length, then cut the cucumbers into 3/4-inch pieces. Toss the cucumbers with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and sugar, then drain in a colander for 20 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and remaining 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Add the cucumbers and toss to coat. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if using.