Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Seeds, Ginger, and Fried Shallot

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Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Seeds, Ginger, and Fried Shallot
Smashed Cucumbers with Sesame Seeds, Ginger, and Fried Shallot


  • 1 tablespoon (white or black) sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 small cucumbers


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high. Toast sesame seeds in skillet until lightly browned and fragrant; 1 to 2 minutes; spread onto a plate to cool.
  2. Heat olive oil in the skillet. Fry the shallot slivers in hot oil until slightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side; remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool.
  3. Beat the sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and honey together in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Lightly bash cucumbers with a rolling pin until they start to crack. Cut the smashed cucumbers into asymmetrical pieces.
  4. Toss cucumbers with the dressing to coat. Sprinkle shallots and sesame seeds over the cucumbers to serve.
Mealthy tip:

Substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for the honey to make this a vegan dish!


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Katie Hason says:

This super simple asian side dish is so delicious! I added extra ginger because I am obsessed with the flavor. Cucumbers are so light and healthy, they taste wonderful in this salad.

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Sam Dalton says:

We made these smashed cucumbers to go with a side of Asian-style salmon. It's a really easy recipe with a lot of flavor. My wife and I love to try new things, and we are very happy with the way these turned out.