Healthy Recipe: Smashed cucumber noodle bowl

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Healthy Recipe: Smashed cucumber noodle bowl
BY Virgin Active South Africa
Posted On 11 June, 2024

Are you looking for a quick and healthy recipe for a vibrant and fragrant dish to add to your winter dinner list? Look no further, our delicious, smashed cucumber noodle bowl will give you that fresh, yet hearty meal you’re looking to enjoy for your next dinner.


  • 2 cucumbers.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or minced.
  • 4cm knob fresh, grated ginger.
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped.
  • 1 tsp (5ml) fine salt.
  • 1 tsp (5ml) chilli flakes (Korean gochugaru).
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) of soy sauce.
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) of sesame oil.
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) palm or coconut sugar.
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) of toasted sesame seeds.
  • Juice of 2 limes (60ml).

To serve:

  • 200g noodles (soba or egg noodles work well).
  • 6 sliced red salad onions.
  • Fresh coriander.



  • Cut cucumbers into chunks, place in a zip- seal bag and lightly bash with a rolling pin (or use your palms). Add flavourings, oil, sugar, sesame seeds and lime juice. Close bag and shake well to coat cucumber.
  • Set aside to marinate for 15–30 minutes.
  • Cook noodles as per packet instructions, then plunge into cold water to stop cooking.
  • Next, drain the noodles of excess water.
  • Place noodles into bowls, divide cucumbers and sauce between bowls and toss well.
  • Serve topped with red onion and coriander.


Feel free to add protein such as cooked white fish, raw salmon or tuna chunks, chicken or beef strips to this noodle bowl. Loading up on protein will help maintain muscles – the more resistance exercise you do at gym, the more protein your body needs.

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