Smashed Cucumber Salad with Lemon & Cumin

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Lemon & Cumin

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

Don't skip salting the cucumbers in this quick cucumber salad recipe—just 10 minutes pulls out some of their excess moisture, concentrating the flavor and keeping the salad from being watered down. Serve as a healthy side dish at a summer cookout alongside burgers and hot dogs.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 English cucumbers, cut into thirds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


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  1. Place cucumbers on a cutting board and cover with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Smash with a meat mallet or heavy pot until they start to break apart. Tear into bite-size pieces and place in a colander; sprinkle with salt and stir. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, cumin and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Shake the cucumbers in the colander to drain any liquid. Turn the cucumbers out onto a clean kitchen towel and pat dry. Add the cucumbers to the dressing and toss to coat.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 81 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 306 IU vitamin A; 12 mg vitamin C; 34 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 73 mg sodium; 224 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ veg, 1½ fat

Reviews 2

June 25, 2019
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By: nom nom
Great alternative cucumber salad!! Huge hit at the weekend potluck. Super easy too
June 28, 2017
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By: Penelope Wall
Sometimes I feel like when cucumbers are sliced they're too slippery to hold onto dressing and too awkward to eat. This smashing technique is genius. It makes nice little bite-sized nibbles and gives the cukes lots of little nooks and crannies for the dressing to cling to.
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