Smashed Cucumber and Radish Salad

July 12, 2020

Smashed Cucumber and Radish Salad


  • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces Persian cucumbers
  • 4 ounces red radishes, trimmed


  1. Combine garlic and lemon juice in a small bowl and let sit 5 minutes.

  2. Whisk yogurt, oil, and sugar in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Whisk in garlic mixture.

  3. Using a rolling pin, meat mallet, or the flat side of a chef’s knife, lightly whack cucumbers and radishes so they begin to split apart (but not so forcefully that you smash them to smithereens). Tear cucumbers and radishes into bite-size pieces with your hands and fold into yogurt mixture. Season salad with more salt and lots and lots of pepper.

  4. Transfer salad to an airtight container; cover and chill at least 2 hours. Shake to combine before serving.


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