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Peruvian Pickled Onions (Salsa Criolla)

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"A pretty simple recipe, quick and easy to prepare, salsa criolla is the perfect accompaniment to many dishes. The lime juice is what makes this onion salsa/relish special. It adds a bright flavor that sweetens the onions and livens up everything else on the plate. Great summer dish! Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days."
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1 h 10 m servings 71
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Fill a bowl with water; stir in salt until dissolved. Add red onions; let soak for 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Mix onions, cucumbers, tomato, rice vinegar, lime juice, white wine vinegar, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, olive, and black pepper together in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate at room temperature before serving, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute chopped parsley or basil for the cilantro, or use all 3.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 71 calories; 2.1 13.1 2 0 448 Full nutrition

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Loved this! We had it with grilled steak and potatoes and it was the perfect compliment to a summer meal. The only change I made was to add about a T of superfine sugar (only because I like pick...

Super tasty! Made as recommended. You can add a sprinkle of Italian Seasoning for a slightly different flavor. Thanks for a great cold salad idea!

This was ok. The flavor was extremely mild.