Smashed Cucumber Salad

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Seasonal Salads

By Fi Buchanan

Published 2023

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Smashing cucumbers isn’t just gratuitously violent fun; the light dressing clings to the newly bashed craggy interior. This salad improves with an hour or so of resting in the fridge, so it’s cold and intense when you eat it – ideally, with Sesame Miso Noodle Salad.


  • 2 cucumbers, ends trimmed
  • 15 g coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 red serrano chilli, th


Make the dressing in a wide shallow bowl by whisking together the vinegar, soy sauce, oil and garlic.

Wrap the cucumber loosely in cling film or a clean tea towel and, using a rolling pin, bash it four or five times along its length. Aim to crack the cucumber and break it apart rather than pulp it. Unwrap it and slice it into even pieces on a diagonal. Add the cucumber to the bowl with