Smashed Cucumber Salad

We discovered a great Sichuan restaurant a couple years ago, and their smashed cucumber salad was amazing.  Since then, we have tried to recreate this flavorful dish ourselves.  This is spicy and tasty, but also refreshing.

We were able to find some great red pepper powder (affiliate link) on Amazon.


* Note – all amounts are approximate! We kind of eyeball how much we add each time.

Cucumbers (Persian, English, or Japanese) – approx 1-1.5 lbs
Korean Red Pepper flakes – 2 tbsp (we use this Taekyung Red Pepper Powder)
Sesame oil – 2 tsp
Rice Wine Vinegar – 2 tbsp
Fresh garlic – 3 cloves


Start by smashing, then cutting the cucumbers.

We usually get small Persian cucumbers, which come in 1-2lb bags at the grocery store.

Trim the ends and cut lengthwise.  Place the side of the knife against the cucumbers and smack the knife until the cucumbers split.

Then, slice the cucumber pieces diagonally.

Place the cucumbers in a colander and toss with salt. Allow to sit and drain for about 20 minutes.

Crush several garlic cloves in a garlic press.

Toss with red pepper flakes, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and fresh garlic. 

Allow to sit about 15 more minutes to allow the fresh garlic to mellow and the flavors to blend.

Serve fresh!

What do you think?

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  • Tara Pittman
    June 13, 2022

    This salad looks so delicious. I have to make this for dinner.

  • Tasheena
    June 13, 2022

    I wish I had everything on hand to make this recipe right now. This looks really yummy.

  • Amber Myers
    June 14, 2022

    Ooo I am excited to give this salad a try. I just love cucumbers!

  • Beautiful Touches
    June 14, 2022

    I wonder if that would make the texture interesting, making it would for sure be a decent way to relieve stress, LOL! Would definitely give this a try!

  • Anna
    June 14, 2022

    I was never a fun of Cucumber but by how you have prepared them, I think I should give it a shot again

  • Richelle Milar
    June 14, 2022

    Wow! This looks like a really delicious and perfect salad to try! So yummy I love it!

  • Melanie Edjourian
    June 14, 2022

    I am a big salad fan. It’s great the variety. This sounds great. I do love that this salad has a kick to it.

  • Monica Simpson
    June 14, 2022

    What a simple refreshing snack! I’ll have to try it but I’ll skip the red pepper. I don’t handle heat well. I think my chile lime seasoning would work well though too.

  • Kelli A
    June 14, 2022

    This looks so yummy. I have a few cucumber plants going and will have to save this recipe to try in a couple more weeks with fresh cucumbers!

  • Beth
    June 14, 2022

    This looks like the perfect summer salad for my daughter and me. We love cucumbers!

  • Hannah Bures
    June 14, 2022

    This looks very tasty and refreshing. My husband loves veggies so this is perfect for our dinner tonight!

  • Ivan Carlo Jose
    June 14, 2022

    Thanks for the recipe. That looks delicious and refreshing! We love cucumber salad at home so I can always make this.

  • laura
    June 14, 2022

    This salad looks so yummy I must make this for dinner this weekend. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Catalina
    June 15, 2022

    This salad sounds perfect for any occasion as a side dish. It’s also perfect for those who want to loose weight!

  • Lynndee
    June 15, 2022

    Cucumber is one of my faves and I have a fave cucumber salad that I prepare regularly. Your salad looks delish!

  • Everything Enchanting
    June 15, 2022

    Gosh, I love my simple cucumber salad! But This smashed version looks even more delicious ๐Ÿ˜ Gotta try it soon.

  • Beth
    June 22, 2022

    This looks so refreshing and delicious. I absolutely love all the flavors here.

  • Jan
    June 22, 2022

    When I was in Hong Kong I had the best version of this. So refreshing in the heat. Thanks for this recipe, now I can make it at home

  • Stephanie
    June 23, 2022

    I’ve never made anything with crushed cucumber like this. What a unique way to enjoy something light and refreshing.

  • Mary Obrien
    June 23, 2022

    I have actually been hit by a smashed cucumber before at a Gallagher show. Youโ€™re too young to know, so Google it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Eating this delicious salad is much better. Thanks for sharing.

  • Samantha Donnelly
    June 23, 2022

    I am the only one in our house that does not like cucumber, I am always trying to find new ideas for salads and will give this a try

  • Talya Stone
    June 23, 2022

    I always have loads of cucumbers in the fridge so definitely going to try making this. Wondering whether you could add in some tofu in there too to make it a complete summer lunch what do you think?

  • Mosaic Borders
    June 23, 2022

    I’ve never heard of this salad, looks delicious…I can’t wait to make it, can’t wait…

  • Natalie
    June 23, 2022

    Wow, that looks so delicious! We love cucumbers in this household so I will have to make this.

  • Tammy
    June 23, 2022

    A totally refreshing summer salad esp once the cucumbers come up in the garden. I love using gochugaru in my salads it adds a really nice spicy/smoky flavor to everything.

  • Sara Fudge
    June 23, 2022

    This smashed cucumber salad is so light and refreshing! I love the unique combination of flavors, especially the red pepper powder. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

  • Risa Lopez
    June 23, 2022

    Wow, this looks so good, I would love to try it. I’ll look for the ingredients when I go out.

  • Lavanda Michelle
    June 23, 2022

    That looks so delicious, I dont think I’ve ever had this. I loved to make it and try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love cucumbers…They might just be my favorite vegetable. Love different ways to prepare them!

  • Rosey
    June 24, 2022

    This is something different to try. I do really enjoy cucumbers.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    June 26, 2022

    This is such a unique recipe! I have never crushed cucumbers in my life but this recipe looks so intriguing especially with the addition of the chilli flakes, I can’t wait to try making it

  • Stacie
    June 27, 2022

    I love anything with cucumbers. This looks soooooo good!

  • Jupiter Hadley
    June 28, 2022

    This salad sounds so easy and so refreshing! Thank you for sharing.

  • Lily Lily
    June 30, 2022

    Wow my kinda of salad. I love cucumbers and I would add kimchi

  • Tami Vollenweider
    April 23, 2023

    Sounds like a nice side salad especially with the red pepper flakes!!