Asian smashed cucumber salad recipe

Refreshing and full of flavor, this Asian smashed cucumber salad is done in just 10 minutes. Give this easy side dish a go, pair it with your favorite grilled chicken or baked fish, and enjoy a hustle-free summer family dinner.

The post has extra tips to make sure the recipe comes out amazing on your first try. If you're in a rush, use the link above to jump to the recipe card at the end! 👩‍🍳🔝
Chinese smashed cucumber salad.

I like cucumbers, they are refreshing, crunchy, and can be prepared in so many different ways. From my reader’s favorite Asian Pickled cucumber salad to my favorite cucumber and avocado salad, ideas to prepare this crunchy vegetable are endless. That’s why today I am very excited to share my take on the popular TikTok smashed cucumber salad. Refreshing and full of flavor it can be done in 10 minutes. 

Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make this easy recipe

pictures of ingredients needed to make this smashed cucumber salad.

A note about cucumbers 🥒 : My favorite cucumbers to use in this salad are the Lebanese cucumbers. They are small and sweet. But you can also use any regular cucumbers such as English cucumbers.

Find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below 👇 

How to make it

SMASH THE CUCUMBERS: place whole cucumber on a large cutting board and using a rolling pin, carefully smash cucumbers in 2-3 places, starting at the top of the cucumbers, and once they are smashed cut them into bite-sized pieces. Place cucumbers in a large bowl, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, mix and set aside.

MAKE THE SMASHED CUCUMBERS DRESSING: In a small bowl combine all ingredients and set aside.

ASSEMBLE: Drain the smashed cukes if you have any excess moisture. Add the dressing and mix well to combine. Arrange the cucumber pieces on a serving plate. Toss in green onions, mint, and cilantro leaves (coriander in Australia) along with sliced spring onions. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and dried chili flakes. Drizzle with chili oil (optional) and serve.

TOP TIP 🔪 : If you don’t have a rolling pin, you can use a blade of a large knife to crush cucumbers. Just be careful not to cut yourself.

Asian smashed cucumber served on a white plate with fresh herbs.

How to serve

This delicious salad makes a perfect side dish on a hot summer day. Serve it with grilled chicken, and try our delicious Asian chicken marinade. Or serve it with freshly cooked basmati or jasmine rice with honey ginger glazed chicken, it makes a great family dinner.  

How to store

If you have some leftover salad, simply refrigerate it in an airtight container. The cucumber might get a little soggy the next day but it will taste delicious nonetheless. 

❄️ This cucumber salad can not be frozen.

If you liked this quick pickle, make sure to try our other delicious Asian side dishes such as Gomae-Japanese spinach salad, Thai cucumber relish, and Asian crunchy salad.

Have you tried this recipe? If so, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could leave a star rating and share your thoughts in a comment. Your feedback means a lot to me, and it can also help others who are interested in trying it out. Thank you! 🌟👩‍🍳
creamy looking penne in pesto sauce with chicken, served ready to eat.

Easy Pesto Pasta with Chicken – One Pot Dinner

Elena Elliott
This quick and easy one-pot pesto pasta with chicken is perfect for busy weeknights. Creamy pesto sauce coats tender chicken and your favorite pasta for a satisfying meal the whole family will love. Make it with homemade or store-bought pesto to save even more time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 350 grams dry pasta I used penne
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup pure cream also known as whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto store-bought or homemade. If homemade refer to my recipe in the blog post above or in the recipe notes below👇
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to season (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Sauté the Garlic: Melt the butter in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds), being careful not to burn it.
  • Brown the Chicken: Add chicken cubes to the skillet and season with pepper. Cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 3-5 minutes. It doesn't need to be cooked through at this point.
  • Simmer with Pasta: Add dry pasta to the pot along with chicken stock and half of the pure cream. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente (cooked but still firm to the bite), about 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in Pesto and Cream: Stir in the pesto sauce, remaining heavy cream, and half of the grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well to combine.
  • Warm and Serve: Warm the pasta for 1-2 minutes, stirring gently. Don't let the sauce boil.
  • Garnish and Enjoy: Serve immediately, topped with remaining Parmesan cheese and any additional toppings you desire.

Notes

  1. Don’t Overcook the Chicken: Brown the chicken quickly, it doesn’t need to be cooked through at that stage. It will finish cooking with the pasta, ensuring it stays tender and juicy.
  2. Adjust the Consistency: If the sauce seems too thick, add a splash of pasta water while stirring. This will create a smoother, creamier texture.
  3. Pesto Sauce: If you would like to make your one basil pesto, head over to my creamy pesto recipe.

Nutrition:

calories 888
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36 g 56 %
Saturated Fat 11 g 57 %
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 131 mg 44 %
Sodium 720 mg 30 %
Potassium 681 mg 19 %
Total Carbohydrate 93 g 31 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8 %
Sugars 8 g  
Protein 51 g 101 %
Vitamin A 11 %
Vitamin C 36 %
Calcium 25 %
Iron 15 %
 
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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