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Smashed cucumber salad served with sesame seeds and pickles red onions.

Smashed Cucumber Salat with Pickled Onions

Julia Schmitt
This smashed cucumber salad with roasted sesame seeds and pickled red onions is pack with flavors. It can be served as a side dish or in bowl alongside some rice and tofu.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Aisan, Chinese
Servings 2 servings
Calories 129 kcal


Pickled Onions

  • 1 small to medium-sized red onion
  • 120 ml water (≈ ½ cup)
  • 120 ml white wine vinegar (≈ ½ cup)
  • 1.5 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 2 spring onions (green part only)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp peanut or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp coconut blossom sugar alternatively white or brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
  • dried chili flakes
  • dried, roasted garlic optional
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame seeds


Pickled Onions

  • Peel and slice the onion into very thin rings and place them in a canning jar. Put the water, vinegar, honey, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
    Thinly sliced red onion on a small cutting board.
  • Pour the mixture over the onions, make sure all onions are covered, seal the jar, and let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
    Pickled red onions in a jar.

Cucumber Salad

  • Wash the cucumber, smash it with a rolling pin or the bottom of a pot and then cut it into bite-sized pieces.
    Smashed cucumber salad on a wooden cutting board with a rolling pin next to it.
  • Place them in a colander, mix them with a little salt and let them sit for 10 minutes. 
    Cucumber slices in a colander over a big bowl.
  • Meanwhile, mix the soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil and sugar, season to taste with chili and roasted garlic. Wash the scallions and cut the green part into rings or strips (use the white part otherwise).
    Thinly sliced scallions on a cutting board.
  • Toast the sesame seeds in a pan with no oil over medium heat for a few minutes until they start to develop some roasted flavors. Then remove them from heat and add them directly to the dressing. Add the cucumber and scallions, stir well, and serve with a few pickled red onions on top.
    Toasted sesame seeds in a small frying pan.


Nutritional values per serving:
  • calories: 129 kcal
  • fat: 8.8 g
    • saturated fatty acids: 1.5 g
  • carbohydrates: 7.3 g
    • sugar: 4.9 g
    • dietary fiber: 2.1 g
  • protein: 3.3 g


Calories: 129kcal
Keyword cucumber, Pickled Onions, rolling pin
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