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Crushed Cucumber Salad

Photo: Buff Strickland Photography 2015

Active time 15 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 30 mins

Serves 8


  • 8 Persian cucumbers (about 2 lb.)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Trim ends from cucumbers; discard ends. Cut cucumbers into 1-inch-thick slices. Place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag on a cutting board with cut sides of cucumbers facing up. Smash lightly with a meat mallet or heavy saucepan until cucumbers have broken into pieces. Transfer cucumbers to a bowl. Add vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper, tossing to coat. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.