Chinese Smashed Cucumber Salad with garlic, ginger, vinegar, and sesame oil is one of the most popular homemade cold food recipes in China! It is quick and easy to make and bursting with fresh, sweet, sour and spicy flavors in every crunchy bite!
*Note: Check out the recipe video + step-by-step photos above!
Use a rolling pin (or meat tenderizer if you have one) and smash the cucumber until it split open on the sides (as you can see in the video). Cut the smashed cucumber into bite-sized pieces, and place in a strainer with a bowl underneath. Add the salt and mix to combine. Set aside for 30 minutes to release the excess liquid.
In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients for the dressing.
Drain the cucumber, pour away the liquid, then transfer the drained cucumber back to the bowl. Add coriander, onions and the dressing and stir to combine.
Garnish your cucumber salad with paprika powder, chili, green onions, sesame and/or other herbs/toppings as you like.
Make ahead: This salad can be made up to one day ahead.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and add sesame or peanuts right before serving to make sure they stay crunchy!
For more information, helpful tips and serving suggestions, please read the blog post above.