Smashed Cucumber Salad (Tataki Kyuri)

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What is a Tataki Kyuri (Smashed Cucumber Salad)?

In this section, we will learn what a Tataki Kyuri is, its ingredients and how to make it.

Tataki Kyuri is a Japanese salad that consists of cucumber slices that are mixed with soy sauce and sesame oil. The cucumbers are then smashed with the back of a spoon or with the side of a knife. This makes the cucumbers soft and releases their juices.

The cucumbers are mixed in with some vinegar, sugar and sesame seeds before being served. It is usually eaten as an appetizer but can also be used as a side dish for other dishes such as ramen or sushi.

Optional Add-Ons for the Perfect Smashed Cucumber Salad Recipe!

Smashed cucumbers with vinegar and sugar

This is a perfect recipe for a healthy lunch or dinner. You can add toppings like feta cheese, pine nuts, and chopped fresh dill for an extra flavor.

Smashed cucumbers with vinegar and sugar are one of the most popular toppings on the smashed cucumber salad recipe.

The smashed cucumbers should be mixed with white vinegar and sugar to taste. This will make them more tangy and sweet at the same time. It is also important to smash the cukes before adding them to the salad so that they are easier to eat.

Toppings for this salad could include feta cheese, pine nuts, chopped fresh dill or any other herbs you would like to add in order to add extra flavor!

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Additional Tataki Salads You Can Try at Home

If you are looking for a new salad to try at home, then this is the perfect recipe for you. This salad features two different kinds of radishes and beets, both of which can be found at your local grocery store.


-1/2 pound of baby red radishes, sliced thinly on a mandolin or with a knife

-1/2 pound of baby white radishes, sliced thinly on a mandolin or with a knife

-1/2 pound of baby golden beets, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

-3 tablespoons soy sauce

-3 tablespoons rice vinegar

-4 teaspoons sugar (or honey)

-1 teaspoon sesame oil

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
1 day
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4
Calories: 65kcal


The cucumbers

  • 2 large English cucumbers about 500g, feel free to find narrower varieties, these tend to be easiest to find for me
  • 1 L water
  • 30 g salt
  • 28 g pickled ginger
  • 5-10 g MSG or 10g kombu
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

The dressing

  • 20 g sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


The Cucumbers

  • Halve the cumbers, remove their seeds with a spoon, then cut into 2" long slices
  • Smash the cucumbers by laying them skin side up, placing the flat side of a knife over them and smashing down with the heel of your hand, cracking the back
  • Combine the water, salt, MSG / kombu, chilli flakes and ginger in a large pickling jar, put on the lid and shake vigorously until salt and MSG dissolve
  • add the cucumbers, seal and refrigerate 24-72 hours.

The dressing

  • Toast the seeds in a large pan over medium heat until darkened and fragrant, 4-8 minutes
  • Add the seeds to a mortar and pestle and grind into a coarse powder
  • Combine the ground seeds and soy sauce in a bowl and whisk to fully combine
  • Strain the pickles and to a large mixing bowl, coat with dressing and toss thoroughly to coat
  • Eat as a snack or serve over rice as a side


depending on your jar if too many cucumbers are poking up above the liquid, consider using saran wrap to ensure they all stay submerged


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3692mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 751IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg