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Miso Smashed Cucumber and Green Bean Salad Recipe

Posted October 21, 2017 by Stephanie
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This is little riff off of the classic Chinese smashed garlic cucumber dish, but with a little bit of a Japanese twist due to the miso and rice vinegar. If you haven’t tried smashed cucumbers, give it a go! It sounds kind of funny, but I love the texture of smashed cucumbers – probably because they remind me of hot evening summers. Smashed cucumbers are an incredibly popular Chinese cold dish, both because they’re easy to make and delicious.

The green beans give this salad an extra bit of added heft and protein so it’s something that we’ll eat as a meal, when we’re fiending for veggies.

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Miso Smashed Cucumber and Green Bean Salad Recipe
serves 4

  • 3 mini Persian cucumbers, or half an English cucumber
  • pinch of salt
  • 1.5 inch piece ginger, peeled, finely grated
  • 1 Thai chili, seeded and sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions, to serve

very slightly adapted from Bon Appetit

Lightly smash cucumbers with a rolling pin and tear into bite size pieces. Toss with a pinch of salt, in a bowl and let sit.

While the cucumbers are salting, whisk together the dressing until smooth. Place the green beans in a ziplock bag and lightly smash until beans are split and bruised. Either add the dressing to the bag and shake to coat well, or place beans in a large bowl with the dressing and toss to evenly coat.

Drain the cucumbers and toss with the beans. Taste and adjust with salt, if needed. Transfer everything to a large plate or platter and top with sesame seeds and green onions.


  1. jasper says:

    Use the green beans raw?

    1. Stephanie says:

      they are raw, but you can blanch them if you want them cooked!

  2. Debra says:

    I served this to company last night, using blanched green beans! It is amazing – tangy, just a little spicy, and it was even better today marinated

    1. Stephanie says:

      yay! so happy you liked it :) this is a salad that totally tastes better the next day!

  3. Mary says:

    Can I substitute asparagus for the beans?

    1. Stephanie says:

      yeah that would be a great sub!

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