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Smashed Cucumber Yogurt Salad with Toasted Walnuts

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing

This creamy cucumber yogurt salad is a modern take on a classic! Smash the cucumbers for better flavor and crunch.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Additional Time :30 minutes
Total Time :40 minutes
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 12 ounces persian cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1/2 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted

Yogurt Dressing

  • 1/3 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut persian cucumbers in half, horizontally, then cut each half again vertically. You'll get 4 spears from each cucumber.
  • Smash cucumbers with a rolling pin or back of knife.
  • Add cucumbers to a colander and toss with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon cane sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • While cucumbers are sitting, mix shallots and garlic with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.
  • When 30 minutes has passed, gently squeeze cucumbers dry with paper towels, and add to a clean bowl.
  • Add marinated shallots and garlic (don't drain), fresh dill, and walnuts to the bowl with cucumbers.
  • Whisk together dressing ingredients, and pour over cucumbers.
  • Mix until all are coated. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and eat throughout the day.