The cucumbers retain their crunch in this spicy cucumber salad with chili oil. Here we use chili crisp, an oil-based condiment with crispy bits of chili; it adds crunch, heat and flavor to the cooling cucumbers. Smashing the cucumbers helps them absorb the complex flavors of the dressing., May 2022


Read the full recipe after the video.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place cucumbers on a cutting board and smash with the flat side of a chef's knife or a rolling pin until cracked. Cut the cucumbers into bite-size pieces; transfer to a medium bowl.

  • Combine cilantro, vinegar, chili crisp, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar in a small bowl. Add to the cucumbers and toss to combine.


Chili crisp is a Chinese oil-based condiment with mild to moderate heat containing crispy bits of chopped chiles mixed with garlic, onion and/or other alliums. Laoganma brand is popular and widely available, but there are many on the market. Look for chili crisp in an Asian market, with other Asian condiments at the supermarket or online.

Nutrition Facts

about 3/4 cup
69 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 6g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 3g; added sugar 1g; fat 5g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; vitamin a iu 153IU; vitamin c 3mg; vitamin k 20mg; sodium 133mg; calcium 15mg; magnesium 15mg; phosphorus 28mg; potassium 171mg.