Smashed Cucumber Salad – I Crushed This

Your cooking skills mightiness non endure the best, but the discussion on the street is that you’re pretty proficient at peachy things, sometimes fifty-fifty on purpose. If that’s the case, this refreshing, as well as real addictive smashed cucumber salad is going to endure perfect for you. Above as well as beyond whisking upwards an extremely unproblematic dressing, the success of this recipe comes downward to you lot beingness able to flatten a cucumber alongside something heavy.

It actually is every bit like shooting fish in a barrel every bit it sounds, as well as yesteryear crushing our cucumber earlier nosotros cutting it, nosotros create flavors that un-smashed cucs can’t. When you lot musical rhythm the cells inwards a vegetable, every bit opposed to cutting cleanly through them, for certain compounds instruct mixed together, which tin laissez passer the axe effect inwards a significantly unlike flavor. 

This is non ever a proficient thing, as well as onions are the perfect example. Use a abrupt knife, as well as they’re sweetness as well as mild. Use a like shooting fish in a barrel knife, or that affair you lot ordered afterwards seeing the infomercial at two AM, as well as you’ll instruct something much harsher. In fact, it’s no joke that most people who don’t similar onions, grew upwards inwards a kitchen alongside like shooting fish in a barrel knives.

However, when it comes to cucumber, these ruptured cells create a to a greater extent than desirable flavor, as well as texture. The alone determination you’re going to bring to make, is how long to permit the cucumbers marinate inwards the dressing, if at all. Many chefs volition toss as well as serve immediately, piece others similar to permit the cucumbers chill inwards the dressing for a lilliputian piece inwards the fridge, which is the method I prefer.

You’ll simply bring to practise some tests to come across what you lot prefer, but either way, this is 1 of my all-time favorite mutual frigidity summertime side dishes, as well as 1 I actually promise you lot endeavour real soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for virtually half dozen portions:
2 English linguistic communication cucumbers (about 1 1/2 pounds total weight)
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, addition to a greater extent than every bit needed
2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
(or regular rice vinegar alongside an extra pinch of tabular array salt as well as sugar)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
red pepper flakes, to taste
toasted sesame seeds to garnish

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