Smashed Cucumber Salad

Serves 2 | This easy salad is bursting with flavour and makes great use of things you probably already have in your pantry!

cucumber lot


1 large English cucumber, ends trimmed and halved lengthwise

1 small bunch coriander, cut into 1-inch sections (set aside some leaves for garnish)

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp chili oil

1 tbsp rice vinegar

2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Place the cut side of one half of the cucumber and mash with the side of a wide knife or cleaver.  Alternatively, slice cucumber in half lengthwise, then chop into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Transfer to a medium bowl. Season with salt, mix well and set aside for 10 minutes. Strain cucumbers and discard the liquid.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
cucumber salad in a bowl
Joshna is a chef, author & activist who cares a lot about people's relationship with food. She works to rebuild food systems in public institutions putting hospitality and sustainability as a top priority.

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