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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 this smashed cucumber salad at a summer cookout alongside burgers and hot dogs.

EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


Read the full recipe after the video.


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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

3/4 cup
81 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 3.8g; dietary fiber 1.7g; sugars 1.7g; fat 7.1g; saturated fat 1g; vitamin a iu 306IU; vitamin c 12.1mg; folate 1.6mcg; calcium 33.7mg; iron 0.6mg; magnesium 0.9mg; potassium 223.8mg; sodium 73.2mg.

1/2 veg, 1 1/2 fat