Marinated Cucumbers and Onions

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This tastes just like springtime, if springtime were made of cucumbers and onions, then decorated with star anise. On second thought, springtime only wishes it were this delicious. In your FACE, springtime.

Notes: This is a super quick recipe, made even faster with a mandoline.  Allow it to marinate for 30 minutes while you prepare the remainder of your meal.  Served either cold or at room temperature.  It’s great as a side dish to Asian entrees or even as an unexpected element to a back yard BBQ.


1 cucumber
1 yellow onion
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
2 star anise pods


1.  In a small bowl, mix together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved completely.  Add star anise and sesame seeds.
2.  Using a mandoline (or knife), thinly slice cucumbers and onions.  Place the cucumbers and onions into a medium bowl.  Pour marinade over the vegetables.  Marinate for 30 minutes.


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