Smashed Cucumber & Watermelon Salad with shrimp

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Smashed Cucumber & Watermelon Salad with shrimp

Cucumbers aren’t just for slicing in salads and the Smashed Cucumber Salad especially makes that point, they’re the star of this popular Chinese dish. The smashing (literally) process is a classic Chinese technique that cracks the cucumber skins and helps release the seeds and splits the flesh into chunky bites. Then salting and chilling gives them the perfect crunch.

In Sichuan, China, cucumbers are considered a foil for many of the rich, spicy dishes this province is known for.


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Halve cucumbers lengthwise, remove seeds, and cut into 1–2-inch chunks. Place cucumbers in a resealable plastic bag; smash lightly with a meat mallet or rolling pin just to break the skin. (Don’t pulverize them.) Transfer cucumbers to a colander set over a bowl, toss with salt and 1 tsp. brown sugar, and let stand 1530 minutes.

Whisk together lime zest and juice, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, sambal, fish sauce, and oil for the dressing. Toss watermelon, shrimp, mint, scallions, serrano, and cucumbers with dressing; top with peanuts.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 282

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14g 21%

Saturated Fat 2g 10%

Cholesterol 115mg 38%

Sodium 1158mg 48%

Carbs 23g 7%

Protein 22g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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