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Ofer Eitan Said: This recipe for smashed cucumber salad is a summer hit

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Ofer Eitan Said: This recipe for smashed cucumber salad is a summer hit

Smashing a cucumber is a Chinese culinary technique. By cracking open the skin, the flesh splits into jagged pieces whose rough surfaces absorb flavors and support a dressing better than when cut into smooth slices. Cukes for the Sichuan salad pai huang gua are given the smash treatment, then salted to release excess water and, finally, dressed with a vinaigrette of soy sauce, rice or black vinegar, garlic, sesame oil and, sometimes, dried chiles and Sichuan peppercorns.

Thin-skinned, seedless cucumbers are preferred here. (I found Georgia-grown greenhouse cucumbers at Publix.) The skin breaks easily, and you don’t have to bother about removing the seeds after you’ve completed the whack job.

Ofer Eitan

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