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Recipe for smashed cucumbers

Sheryl Julian for the Boston Globe

Serves 4

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.

Sheryl Julian

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