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.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


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  • 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.

  • Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, cumin and pepper in a medium bowl.

  • 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 Facts

81 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 3.8g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 1.7g; fat 7.1g 11% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 306IU 6% DV; vitamin c 12.1mg 20% DV; folate 1.6mcg; calcium 33.7mg 3% DV; iron 0.6mg 4% DV; magnesium 0.9mg; potassium 223.8mg 6% DV; sodium 73.2mg 3% DV.

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Great alternative cucumber salad!! Huge hit at the weekend potluck. Super easy too Read More
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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. Read More