Smash Cucumbers Before Brining for Fast, Flavorful Pickles

Sichuan-style smashed cucumbers are the simplest example of one of these dishes, and coincidentally my favorite one. At some point in the last couple years, the technique of smashing cucumbers for salads has become so popular that the New York Times even wrote a trend piece about the subject. Does saying that they’ve been a thing long before the NYT discovered them make me a hipster? I suppose so. But it’s true. Smashed cucumbers have always been delicious.

Source: Smash Your Cucumbers for a Smashingly Simple Chinese Side Dish

Cucumbers have vitamin K, but it’s in the skin.  So if you want to minimize your exposure, it’s OK to skin the cucumber before consumption.