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Smashed Cucumber Salad

6 Servings

40 minutes 15 minutes active

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Smashing the cucumbers helped release their seeds and created rough surfaces for the dressing to cling to. For a simple variation on this recipe, add ¼ cup creamy peanut butter and 2 tablespoons water with the soy sauce and sesame oil to smooth the dressing. In China, this salad is eaten with chopsticks so the dressing drips off the pieces of cucumber; to avoid an oily salad, use a slotted spoon to dole out portions.




Don’t substitute American cucumbers for English. The ratio of seeds to flesh is higher and the skins are too tough.

40 minutes

15 minutes active


  • 2

    pounds English cucumbers (about 2 large)

  • 4

    teaspoons white sugar


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Michael F.
January 24, 2023
How much
How much chili oil is half as much? Not listed in ingredients so I added by feel. Making half of this recipe was a challenge. I saved the juice for another batch of cucs.
Virginia G.
August 20, 2022
Great flavors and easy to make
This recipe is very easy. It had full of flavor and a refreshing side dish to a lot of meals. Next time though, I would cut back a little on the soy sauce.
Athena P.

How much kosher salt do I combine with the sugar? As of 2/28/21 there’s no amount given. Thanks!

Sharon B.

For the smashed cucumber recipe it doesn’t say how many teaspoons of salt goes with the 4 tsp of sugar. It just shows a slash\. Please advise.

Linda S.

How much kosher salt is needed for this recipe? Instead of an amount showing in your ingredients list it just shows a 'back slash' ??

Lynn C.

Hi All -

We are so sorry about the typo in the recipe. It has been updated to indicate how much salt is added (in the text of the recipe). Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

The Milk Street Team

Marshall K.

What is meant by toss the cucumbers with 5 tsp of the mixture? What mixture are you referring to? Is there a mixture that is supposed to be made prior to smashing and cutting the cucumbers? It's step 3 in the written instructions

Lynn C.

Hi Marshall -

The recipe is referring to the 5 teaspoons of the sugar (4 teaspoons) and salt (1 1/2 teaspoons) mixture that gets mixed together in a small bowl at the beginning of Step 3. The vinegar and garlic gets stirred into the remaining mixture. Hope that helps!

The Milk Street Team

Diana D.

Absolutely delicious! I made this for a small dinner party and everyone loved it! I added a little less than 1 TBSP of the optional peanut butter and it had a nice nutty taste and texture. I also used some leftover dressing on a green salad with grilled chicken the next day and it worked incredibly well. This is going into my regular rotation.