Chinese smashed cucumber salad with garlic, vinegar and sesame oil. This is one of the most popular homemade cold dishes in China, which only requires 5 minutes from preparation to table.
Cucumber is really great for summer. The cool and crispy taste can help us against the hot weather. There are many cold dishes in China which equals to salad in western centuries for example Chinese cabbage salad and cucumber salads.
Usually we have two ways of making cucumber salad: one is to smash it and the other one is to pickle the cucumber for 1 or 2 hours.Smashed cucumber can absorb more sauce within the cucumber, as a result, having a compound and uniform taste. However pickled cucumber salad has two layers of taste. The first is the sauce, which is succeeded with the second layer—the fresh yet crispy taste from cucumber. I strong recommend you trying both ways if you love cucumber salad the same as me.
Following is the photo of spicy pickled cucumber salad.
For the cucumber, pick fresh ones and just peel the think skin off and remain some thin skins, which can help to add some extra green color and also make the smashed cucumber crisper. If you really do not like the skin, you can peel them all off. Do remember to cut the two ends off.
Smash the cucumber and then cut into small pieces casually. And then marinate with the sauce. The garlic sauce I introduced today is the most basic and mild version. If you want to spicy version, you can add some chili oil or resort to the sauce in this pickled cucumber salad.
Chinese style smashed cucumber salad
- 1 fresh English cucumber
- 3 garlic cloves, mashed
- 1/2 tablespoon black vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Wash the fresh cucumber, cut the two ends off and peel the tough skins off.
- Smash it with a kitchen knife until the cucumber is well crushed. Then cut into small section casually.
- Transfer cucumber cubes into a bowl. Mix well with mashed garlic and other sauces.
- Serve immediately or put in refrigerator for around 15 minutes for a better taste.
You can change adding some extra seasonings according to your own taste. Sugar is not necessary, you can skip it.