If you crush a cucumber with the side of a knife before you cut it, the jagged edges absorb more seasonings to make a quick pickle.
|5||Armenian or pickling cukes|
|1||tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar|
|2||tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro|
|½||teaspoon crushed red pepper|
|Salt, to taste|
1. Trim the cucumbers and halve them lengthwise. Set 2 halves cut sides down on a board. Set the side of a large chef's knife on them and press down hard to smash them. Continue with the remaining cucumbers. Cut the halves into 1/2-inch slices and use your hands to break the slices into smaller pieces.
2. In a bowl, toss the cucumbers with vinegar, cilantro, red pepper, and salt.