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Peruvian Pickled Onions (Salsa Criolla)

Rated as 4.5 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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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.

Killed the cucumber. Used 2x the amount of Lime juice. Jalapeños were substituted with aji Amarillo. Sacrilege to use jalapeños btw. Use aji Amarillo, Habanero or Scots Bell. It had a good kick ...

use lots of jalapeno, less cucumber. Love it

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...