Smashed Cucumber Salad

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Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Hadduck Hillegas

Add flavor and punch to a simple cucumber salad with Sambal Oelek, a fiery chili paste found on the Asian foods aisle. Combine with nutty sesame oil and fresh green onions, this easy veggie salad is light and refreshing, yet packs a spicy, unexpected kick. Let stand to allow the flavors to mesh before consuming.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


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1 English cucumber
1 1/2 teaspoons sambal oelek
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, grated
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro


Cut cucumber in half lengthwise; cut each half crosswise into thirds. Place pieces, cut side down, on a cutting board; smash with a heavy skillet until slightly flattened and split in places. Chop into 1-inch pieces. Combine sambal oelek, sesame oil, salt, and garlic. Toss with cucumber, green onions, and cilantro. Let stand 15 minutes.

Created date

July 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 23
Fat 1.2 g
Satfat 0.2 g
Monofat 0.5 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 3 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 165 mg
Calcium 15 mg
Sugars 1 g
Est. Added Sugars 0 g