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10-min. Easy Spicy Smacked Cucumber Salad

Spicy Smacked Cucumber Salad. Refreshing cucumber marinated in a delicious spicy garlic soy-based sauce. Ready in just 10 minutes!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 as a side
Calories per serving 222 kcal


  • 6 mini cucumbers
  • ½ tsp salt to drain water


  • 2 tbsp regular soy sauce not light or dark soy sauce!
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar *can be omitted if you prefer not spicy
  • ½ tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Chili oil store bought or homemade version here


  • Slice the ends off the mini cucumbers.
  • With the side of the knife, smash cucumbers a few times until they’re a bit flattened and broken down the centre.
  • On an angle, slice cucumbers into long diagonal strips.
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add salt and massage. Allow cucumbers to sit in salt for 5 minutes (or ideally 10 minutes) to draw out excess liquids. Discard liquid.
  • Rinse cucumbers under cold water to remove excess salt, to prevent it from competing with sauce.
  • Strain the rinsed cucumbers.
  • Season with sauce ingredients and mix well. Enjoy!


Best to consume within the same day or store refrigerated and consumed in 2 days.
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Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1591mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
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