Smacked Cucumber Salad

Try these savoury bites of smacked cucumber tossed in spicy and garlicky soy sauce. Make them the star ingredient by serving alongside sushi rice. 


  • No sriracha? Try with chilli flakes or another chilli oil. 
  • No sesame oil? Use olive oil instead. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 3


1 Cucumber

a pinch of Salt

2 Garlic cloves (chopped)

tbsp Soy sauce

1 tbsp Rice vinegar

1 tbsp Sesame oil

1 tsp sriracha


  1. Prepare the cucumber: Put the cucumber on a chopping board and place a chef’s knife, flat, on top. Using the palm of your hand, smack the knife until the cucumber splits and breaks. You can also use a rolling pin to smack your cucumber. Chop into bite size pieces and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle salt on top, toss and set aside.
  2. Make the dressing: Meanwhile, make the chilli oil by whisking the garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sriracha in a bowl. Top the cucumber with chilli oil, toss to coat and serve. You can do this in advance and let the cucumber marinade in the oil for a few hours.
smacked cucumber salad served on a bowl

How to store

Store the smacked cucumber salad in the fridge for up to 2 days. 


Serve the smacked cucumber salad alongside sushi rice. Cook 125 g sushi rice in 150 ml water until tender, then mix in a vinegar made from 15 ml rice vinegar, 4 g salt and 9 g sugar.