Smashed Asian Cucumber Salad

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you'll be the star!

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you’ll be the star!

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you'll be the star!

I love a fresh and flavorful salad, but sometimes I get stuck in the salad green rut. I mean, I know I SHOULD eat my veggies, and get my GREENs on. Normally I pile a plate high with fancy greens, or baby kale and drizzle a bit of EVOO, a dash of s&p, and viola- salad! This is good and all but I find my self urning for something different… More texture, more flavor, something really delicious.

I came across a salad like this one I am sharing here today at a restaurant. I was so obsessed with the interesting appearance of the “smashed” cucumbers that I googled it asap so I could make my very own. And it’s a fun process too? Ever want to bash veggie with a skillet? Heck ya! Well here’s your chance!

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you'll be the star!

If you are familiar with my blog you know there is no shortage of Asian-inspired dishes! To say I am a hug fan of Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine would be an understatement. I take inspiration from these dishes and put on my own spin.

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you'll be the star!

This salad has a wonderful dressing that is bursting with tang along with a hint of spice and a dash of sweet. It will really get this taste buds going. And better yet- it looks fancy, but is ridiculous easy and quick to make. So with out further ado….

Smashed Asian Cucumber Salad

This fresh and tangy salad looks great and tastes amazing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 1/2 cups/ 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 mini english cucumbers makes about 3 ½ cups of smashed cukes
  • ¼ cup red pepper diced
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon + Himalayan or sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • better flavor if it marinates

Instructions

  1. Place your cucumbers on a cutting board.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet (or any heavy flat object) on top of each cucumber and apply pressure with your hand until it cracks and flattens.
  3. Next use a knife to cut the smashed cucumbers into 1" segments and throw them into a bowl.
  4. Add the red pepper and red onion into the bowl and mix.
  5. Blend the sesame oil, vinegar and maple syrup in a small blender (like the magic bullet).
  6. our the dressing over the salad, then add the salt, pepper and sesame seeds and give it all a good stir.
  7. The salad tastes best if you let the cakes marinate for an hour, but also can be eaten straight away.

This super easy, fresh, zesty and crunchy salad makes the perfect addition to any meal! The fancy-shmancy smashed cucumbers are dressed up in a tangy and subtlety sweet dressing and sprinkled with generous amounts of nutty sesame seeds. Yummy! Bring this easy salad to your next party/picnic/BBQ and you'll be the star!

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