Sesame and Garlic Cucumbers

sesame cucumbers

Garlic Sesame Cucumber

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I fondly remember this Chinese cucumber side dish as being a big hit with kids.  When so many times, I found myself battling with children to eat their vegetables, I never had a problem getting any of my students to finish their cucumber at lunchtime.  AND honestly, why wouldn’t they like it?  Crushed cucumber, seasoned with salt, a touch of sesame oil and black vinegar-I’d happily devour that.

Serve either as a cool vegetable side dish for when the weather is hot or as a starter to dumplings.  I guarantee you’ll be equally as fond.

sesame cucumbers

Sesame and Garlic Cucumbers


A traditional Chinese side dish of crushed cucumber with garlic, sesame oil and Chinese black vinegar. Serve with dumplings for a tasty meal. #chinesefoodrecipes #salad #cucumber #healthy #recipe



    • 23 small /medium sized cucumbers
    • 23 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar or rice vinegar (whichever you have handy)
    • sea salt


  1. Wash and dry the cucumbers.
  2. Take a rolling pin and roll it over the cucumbers, smashing them in the process.
  3. Roughly chop then up with a knife into bite sized pieces then transfer to a bowl.
  4. Top with minced garlic, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
  5. Toss to combine and season with sea salt to taste.

Keywords: Chinese, cucumber, salad



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