japanese smashed cucumber salad on a white speckled plate with toppings in white bowls and grey kitchen cloth in the corner

Japanese Smashed Cucumber Salad (Tataki Kyuri)

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Quick and easy Japanese Smashed Cucumber Salad (Tataki Kyuri) is a light and refreshing side dish, perfect for summer! Smashing the cucumbers helps the dressing get into those cracks and adds flavour to the cucumbers much more effectively.




  1. Into a mixing bowl, add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, dashi and togarashi  and stir until combined. 
  2. Wash cucumber and dry. Chop ends off. Crush the cucumbers using the back of the knife or rolling pin. The cucumbers should slice into 4 strips. Slice cucumbers into bite sized pieces.
  3. Add cucumbers to the bowl with the sauce, toss until all the cucumbers are coated and then garnish with scallions. Serve immediately and enjoy! 


  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 81
  • Sugar: 2.6
  • Sodium: 442mg
  • Fat: 5.7
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.3
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6.7
  • Fiber: 1.7
  • Protein: 1.9
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: smashed cucumber salad, japanese cucumber salad