Cucumbers, as super refreshing as they can be, are also pretty boring. That’s because their smooth, solid surface doesn’t allow for much sauce or dressing absorption. The solution: smashing. Lots of Asian cuisines use this technique to change the veggie’s taste and feel--all while making it a more efficient vehicle for other flavors. Here’s how to do it.
Wait, Should We All Be Smashing Our Cucumbers?
So thaaat's how they can soak up dressing
Step 1: Smash
Take a fresh, firm-fleshed cucumber (with its skin on or off, your call). Rest a knife flat on it, and with the heel of your hand, pound the knife strongly but carefully…of course. (Just like you’d remove the peel from a clove of garlic.) If you’re wary of sharp objects, use a rolling pin or wooden mallet instead.
Step 2: Separate
Using your hands, separate the smashed cucumber into reasonably sized pieces, discarding the watery seeds.
Step 3: Salt
Sprinkle salt atop the smashed and separated pieces, and place aside for 30 minutes. This softens the skin even further and turns the outer layer into a delightfully bright-green color.