Smashed Cucumber Salad with Tahini-Miso Dressing

By Whisper of Yum
  • Total Time:
    25 minutes
  • Servings:


  • 1 pound Persian cucumbers
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, I use Diamond Crystal brand


  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons white miso
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2½ teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Drizzle over salad


Smash + Salt Cucumber

  1. Cut cucumbers diagonally lengthwise.
  2. Place cut side down on a cutting board.
  3. Using the flat side of a chef’s knife or a rolling pin, smack the back of each cucumber until it splits. Slice diagonally into ½ inch pieces and place in a strainer and add kosher salt.
  4. Mix cucumber well with hands and set aside (with a bowl underneath to catch water) for 20 minutes.
  5. Start on dressing while waiting on cucumbers.


  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Mix well until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.


  1. Make sure cucumbers are thoroughly drained.
  2. Place cucumbers in a bowl.
  3. Start with 2 tablespoons of tahini-miso dressing. Mix well and taste. Add more dressing is desired. Top with homemade chili oil and roasted sesame seeds.
  4. Serve immediately.