"A surprising juxtaposition of texture and flavor -- fresh, palate-cleansing cucumbers paired with an earthy sesame dressing, enlivened by a daring spicy oil." 

- Hetty McKinnon, To Asia, With Love

This simple salad is great to serve as a snack or as a side to a bowl of noodles. Smashing the cucumbers tenderizes them, while a sprinkling of salt delivers a lovely pickle-like quality. It was delicious!

Makes 2-4 servings - Vegan and Gluten free



Sesame Dressing:


  1. To make the sesame dressing, whisk the tahini with 1-2 tablespoons of water until smooth.  Add the sesame oil and stir until it's a thick pouring consistency (if it's too thick, add a little more water).  Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  2. Lay the cucumbers on a cutting board. Using the side of a wide knife or a rolling pin, gently smack the cucumbers until they break apart (be careful, otherwise they will fly off the board).  Tear or cut into bite-sized pieces.  Place the smashed cucumber in a colander and sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes to draw out any excess water.  Drain off any liquid and pat dry with paper towels or a clean tea towel.
  3. Place the cucumber on a plate and drizzle over the sesame dressing, followed by the everything or chile oil.  Scatter with the sesame seeds and finish with the cilantro.  Taste and, if needed, season with sea salt and black pepper.

Recipe from To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon

July 05, 2021


SKORDO Team said:

Hi Jane – Great suggestion to add a print option! Until that is available, we are happy to send you a PDF of the recipe for you to easily print. I’ll send it to your e-mail address now. Happy Cooking!

Jane Mears said:

HI- We love Skordo and its many great products. We just got this great recipe and wondered if you could make it with a “Print” function so we could immediately print it rather than sending it to Pinterest with 1000’s of others ? This would be a great salad this or next week but am too busy to think about recipes except when I initially see them and decide to print and then make them in the very near future (: Thx 512-718-1007

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