This Chinese Sichuan Smashed Cucumber Salad borrows from a Xi'an sauce I once had. Cucumbers, garlic, and a secret chili ingredient was what I used to recreate this crisp, cool, tangy, spicy marvel. Best of all? Done in about 8 minutes with this low carb, vegan marvel. 
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Sichuan Smashed Cucumber Salad

This Chinese Sichuan Smashed Cucumber Salad borrows from a Xi'an sauce I once had. Cucumbers, garlic, and a secret chili ingredient were used to recreate this crisp, cool, tangy, spicy marvel. Best of all? Done in about 8 minutes with this low carb, vegan marvel.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizers, Salads, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Chinese, Sichuan
Servings: 6
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre

Ingredients

For Finishing

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber into long strips such that you're alternating one long peeled length with one long unpeeled length. When you're done, you should have a cucumber zebra, so to speak :D You're doing this to add a little color variation, and also to allow the sauce to flavor but not water-log the outside of the cucumber. This is a tiny affectation that you could skip entirely.
  • Cut the cucumber into fourths lengthwise and then cut into chunks.
  • Using the flat of your knife--or a cleaver if you trust yourself with one, I can't be trusted with one--roughly smash the cucumber on the side to smoosh it a bit. You want it to crack but not turn into cucumber purée.
  • In a bowl mix all the sauce ingredients. Taste and adjust as needed.
  • 15-20 minutes prior to serving, pour the sauce over the cucumbers.
  • Add cilantro and crushed peanuts (which just totally complete this dish!) and mix well before serving.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • Use crushed Sichuan Peppercorns or red pepper flakes instead of the chili crisp oil, although that oil! Oh my!
  • If you don't have Chinkiang Vinegar, use the mildest, least tart vinegar you have and give it a shot.
  • If you have a peanut allergy, I'd try toasted pecans or skip entirely

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg