Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style

I love cucumbers because they’re so fresh and crispy. However, and I hate to admit it, cucumbers get boring. Luckily, I have put together this smashed cucumber salad recipe for us.

This cucumber salad is originally a Sichuan recipe. They smash the cucumbers until it naturally separate into 3-4 spears, which disrupts its internal structure in an unnatural way leaving some areas completely intact and crisp, while reducing other areas tender. While smashed, it absorbs flavors much faster, making it particularly tasty.

This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber! Though this recipe is traditionally a bit spicy, you can use the smashed cucumber method with an unlimited kinds of dressings.I paired my salad with fried rice and vegan sesame chicken!

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Smashed Cucumber Salad Sichuan Style

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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This salad is a refreshing and flavorful way to enjoy a cucumber.


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Use a cutting board to smash against the cucumber until it naturally splits in 3-4 pieces.
  2. Chop those pieces into bite size cubes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and either serve or let chill in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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