Spicy Cucumber Salad with Chili Oil

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.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 6 Persian cucumbers

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chili crisp (see Tip)

  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


  1. 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.

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

    spicy cucumber salad with chili oil
    Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Emily Nabors Hall


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 (per serving)

69 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 153IU 3%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin K 20mcg 17%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 171mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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