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Don’t Be a Hater Onion Salad

October 10, 2010

Every week there is a festival going on somewhere around Saint Louis.  You would have to be a complete hermit not to stumble into a handful over the summer.  They’re impossible to avoid, but each one is almost exactly as it was the previous year.  After a couple visits they can become somewhat boring, but what calls me back are the concessions. Vegan chili, red bean ice cream, samosas and teriyaki portobellos and falafel!  Over Labor Day weekend, we attended the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Festival and beyond the usual shows and the great eats, we tried something new- a Japanese cooking demo/class.  The following recipe is a spin off of an onion salad that we learned to make.

As much as I love onions, I doubted remaking the recipe until a friend gave me some homegrown giant cucumbers.  The result is a mild, subtle sweet crunch.  Soaking the onions in water beforehand removes some of the acidic bite, and in turn leaves the onions in a refreshing, crisp state.  Our demo cook proved, by using a class volunteer, that even the biggest onion-haters may learn to enjoy this dish.  I suppose it’s all about having an open mind to try something new, or feeling pressured when a classroom full ofpeople are watching.


Sweet Onion & Cucumber Salad
Serves 6-8

1 large white onion, halved and sliced
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
1 Tbsp agave nectar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sesame or olive oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar

To Do:
1: Place onion in a large bowl of cold water and soak for 30 minutes. Drain water, refill and soak another 30 minutes. Drain, then toss together the onions and cucumbers.
2: In a small bowl, whisk together agave, soy sauce, oil and vinegar. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss together so that it is well incorporated.

Note: Onions can be placed in a bowl of water and set in the fridge overnight.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    October 14, 2010 10:01 pm

    please force your sister-in-law to eat this. if you cure her i will bring you fresh kale!

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