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Pickled Red Onion Salad

Pickled Red Onion Salad

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I was inspired to make this recipe when I stumbled upon a new to me food blog by the name of Oakie Dokie Artichokie.  Besides being a lovely site to poke around on, Stephanie’s Peruvian background is evident in many of her recipes.  We love Peruvian food so this new found love is very welcome in our kitchen, and what until you try this pickled red onion salad.

We have been locked in a conference room on and off for the past two weeks, and whenever I get a little downtime I head over to one of many favorite food sites, to torture myself.  I am been spending many minutes with Stephanie as of recently.  One recipe that really screams at me is her pan-seared turkey burgers.  At first, it was the bun, that got my belly grumbling.  Then it was the seasoned ground turkey that kept the hunger pains growing.  When I noticed the red onions and jalapeños dripping down the side of the burger, I was sold.  While I really want to eat the whole darn burger, those pickled red onions were what I really wanted.

Our last supper at home before embarking on the next business trip was a Drunken Halibut.  I wanted to keep the meal simple, so I ran over to grab Stephanie’s pickled red onion relish recipe.  The only changes I made was that I smoked the jalapeños and used fresh spring baby red onions instead of a larger red onion.  

The process is simple.  Simple.  Simple.  It was so good that I could not stop eating the salad by the spoonfuls, and it was the perfect companion for the halibut.  The halibut was slightly smokey  (thanks to Mezcal) and the spicy pickled onions meshed really well.  We tenderly wrapped warm chunks of the halibut between warm corn tortillas that had been smothered with the spicy red onions and called it a meal.

*if you have any extra leftovers, put them into a jar and use within a couple of days.  Melt some cheese on a tortilla, and top with some of the pickled salad.  Great snack or light lunch when you had a slice (or two) of avocado.



  • Do not use bottled lime juice.  Spend the time to juice some limes!
  • If you can find baby red spring onions use them, if not then a regular red onion is fine.

Recipe:  Pickled Red Onion Salad


*inspired by Oakie Dokie Artichokie

2 medium spring red onions, cut in half and sliced paper thin (or 1 medium red onion)
2 jalapeño chilies
5 medium limes, juiced
pinch flakey sea salt

How To:

Over a low flame on your stove, using tongs, slowly roast one of the jalapeños until blackened. This will only take about 3 – 5 minutes.

Set aside until cooled.

Peel off the blackened skin.

Cut into circles, keeping the seeds.

Cut the remaining jalapeño in half, leave (or remove) the seeds, and slice into thin pieces.

In a bowl add the sliced onions, chilies and lime juice. Stir.

Sprinkle with the salt to taste. Stir.

Set aside for an hour.



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Thursday 31st of May 2012

Hi! I'm mexican, you can prepare this onions with chile habanero and queso fresco and you'll have a delicious mexican entree ;)


Tuesday 22nd of May 2012

This is such a great tasting and refreshing looking spring/ summer evening recipe I'm going to try it tonight. My mother used to fix something similar except she used rice vinegar instead of lime juice. Since I have a lime tree in the backyard, why not.


Friday 18th of May 2012

I never knew pickled onions were used in Peruvian cuisine, too! I use them in Mexican cooking (used to live there), they are added as a garnish to cochinita pibil and other dishes... sounds great as an addition to tacos too, will try soon!

Denise Woodward

Sunday 20th of May 2012

Johanna, yes, Denise also adds pickled veggies such as onions to tacos. We had "real" tacos during a trip to Sayulita and they served pickled onions and carrots in the tacos. Out of this world. This recipe is pretty darn good. ~Lenny

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Friday 18th of May 2012

I make pickled onions frequently in the summer... mainly to put on top of fish tacos. Totally bookmarking this recipe!

Denise Woodward

Sunday 20th of May 2012

Brian, they rock with tacos don't they. We had them this way during a trip to Sayulita and have never gone back to "American" tacos. ~ Lenny

Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

Oh my goodness, that halibut looks so good! Can you believe I only just tried it for the first time like a couple months ago? A pricey little thing but wow does it taste good. I'm so happy that you tried the red onion relish. Isn't it tasty? :) I swear it goes with everything and the longer it sits in the fridge the sweeter and better it gets.