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Smashed Cucumber Salad with Italian Dressing

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Italian Dressing

Smashing the cucumbers lets the crunchy veg soak up all the dressing—in this case, an easy Italian dressing of red wine vinegar, honey, and red onion.


  • 5 mini seedless or Persian cucumbers or 1 small English hothouse cucumber (about 12 oz.)
  • 6 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, divided
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mint leaves (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Gently smash cucumbers with a rolling pin or the back of a heavy knife just to break open. Tear into irregular 2" pieces and place in a medium bowl; season lightly with salt. Let sit at least 5 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, mix 3 Tbsp. vinegar, 1 tsp. honey, a generous pinch of salt, and 3 Tbsp. water in a medium bowl to combine. Add onion and toss to coat. Let sit until softened, at least 5 minutes.

  • Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, remaining 3 Tbsp. vinegar, and remaining ½ tsp. honey in a medium bowl to combine; season dressing with salt and pepper.

  • Drain cucumbers, discarding any liquid they have released. Add to bowl with dressing and toss several times to coat. Drain onions; top cucumbers with pickled onions and mint leaves.

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Watch the video: Jeannies Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe (August 2021).