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This smashed cucumber pasta salad recipe is courtesy of Stephanie and Mike Le of i am a food blog and authors of That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy (Workman Publishing, 2021). Enjoy!

Smashed Cucumber Pasta Salad

Stephanie and Mike Le
Make this pasta salad on Sunday night to enjoy easy meals all week long!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Course Entrée
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 584 kcal


  • Salt
  • 12 ounces radiatore or other short pasta
  • cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and pressed or minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bulb fennel trimmed and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 2 thin-skinned seedless cucumbers (such as English) smashed into chunks with a rolling pin or wine bottle
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cilantro


  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Crispy fried onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the radiatore and cook according to the package directions until it is al dente. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the rice vinegar, oils, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper to make a dressing.
  • Transfer the radiatore to a large bowl and add the fennel and fennel fronds, cucumbers, and cilantro. Add the dressing to taste and toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


This recipe has been excerpted from That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy by Stephanie and Mike Le. Photos by Michael Le. Workman Publishing © 2022.


Calories: 584kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 14gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 546mgPotassium: 726mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 776IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 86mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Salad, Cold noodle salad
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