Smashed cucumber salad: crunchy, tangy, refreshing! Asian-inspired dressing & fresh herbs make this easy side dish a summer must-try. Forget boring salads! This summer side dish is all about texture & flavour. Smashed cukes, spicy dressing, & a sprinkle of magic. Who needs lettuce? #SmashedAndDelicious #CulinaryAdventure
Forget lettuce, forget tomatoes, there’s a new salad hero in town, and it’s smashing its way to the top of your list: the smashed cucumber salad. Yes, you read that right, smashed. This isn’t your average julienned affair; this is a symphony of textures and flavours born from a playful pummelling of everyone’s favourite green veggie.
But this isn’t just a quirky trend – smashed cucumber salad boasts a rich history across Asia. From the Chinese / Taiwanese “Liángbàn huángguā (凉拌黄瓜)” to the Korean “Oi Kimchi (오이 김치),” this technique unleashes hidden depths of flavour in the humble cucumber. Forget limp spears, the crunch here comes from layers of burst cucumber flesh, infused with a zingy ginger-sesame dressing that tickles your taste buds in all the right ways.
The best part? It’s a breeze to make. No fancy equipment, no intimidating chopping skills, just you, your trusty cucumber, and a little creative aggression. Bash those bad boys in a Ziplock bag, let the juices mingle with savory sauce, and boom – you’ve got a refreshing side dish that’ll steal the show at any BBQ.
Beyond its taste, this salad is a nutritional champion. Cucumbers are bursting with vitamins and water, making them a guilt-free indulgence. And that spicy kick from the chili? Not just delicious, but a metabolism booster too. So go ahead, smash a cucumber, unleash its hidden potential, and discover a whole new way to enjoy this summer staple.
This is just the beginning, folks. Smashed cucumber salad is a blank canvas for culinary creativity. Add chopped nuts for extra crunch, sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds, or throw in some fresh herbs for a vibrant twist. Each bite is an adventure, a testament to the magic that happens when you think outside the crisper drawer.
So next time you’re craving something light, refreshing, and bursting with flavour, grab a cucumber, channel your inner Hulk, and get smashing. This recipe is more than just a salad; it’s an invitation to play, to explore, and to discover the surprising deliciousness that awaits in the heart of a well-smashed cucumber.
Wash the cucumber and cut it into chunks. Place them in a resealable bag or Ziplock bag.
Using the flat side of a heavy knife or meat mallet, gently smash the cucumber pieces until they are slightly flattened and some juices release. You don’t want them completely mushy but leave some texture.
Sprinkle salt on the cucumber then transfer to a colander and drain any excess liquid. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the black vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Pour the vinegar mixture into the pan and simmer for 1 minute.
Add the minced chillies and ginger, stir a little and turn off the heat.
Arrange the drained cucumber and century egg in a plate then pour the sauce on top.
Serve immediately at room temperature or slightly chilled.