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Vidalia Onion Salsa Recipe

Onions are a staple in just about every kind of salsa, not to mention being an ingredient found in literally thousands of recipes from all around the world. Onion adds a welcome touch of savory pungency to salsa, just as it does to other dishes. However, sometimes you do not want the onions in your salsa to be so assertive that their flavor overpowers the other ingredients.

When you are looking for a more restrained onion flavor, the answer is not always to use less onion in your salsa, but rather a different kind of onion. Instead of the garden variety white or yellow onions found in every market, try using the sweeter, milder Vidalia onion for a change of pace which makes for a great salsa indeed.

This is a very traditional style tomato and Vidalia onion salsa recipe, with the biggest difference between this and similar salsas simply being the substitution of Vidalia onions for other, more pungent varieties. It is a quick and easy salsa to make either in a food processor or (for a better texture), by hand and one that everyone can enjoy, even if onions are not normally a favorite of theirs.

To make this tasty recipe, you will need to chop fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro, and that is where the food processor comes in very handy if you happen to have one, or you can give your arms a workout if not. Add the salt and cumin and then stir the mixture well and let it sit for a couple of hours so the flavors can blend well and round out.

Add a spoonful of this to a cheese sandwich to add a fresh vibrancy to it, serve some with scrambled eggs to ‘Mexicanize’ it, or have some onion salsa alongside deli meats, grilled fish, or anything else where you want to add a touch of color and freshness.

Vidalia Onion Salsa
Summary: This is a flavorful, fresh-tasting salsa. The bright colors draw the eye while the aromatic flavor please your taste buds. Easy to make and tasty – what more could you want?
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 3 – 4 medium size tomatoes (about 2 lbs), diced
  • ½ large or a whole small Vidalia onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped (adjust according to taste)
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and cumin, to taste
  1. Chop and mix all ingredients, saving the salt and cumin for last and chill for 1-2 hours or overnight before serving; however, you can also enjoy this salsa right away if you cannot wait.
  2. This Vidalia onion salsa recipe makes about 2 cups of salsa.
  3. Feel free to divide or multiply the recipe as needed – you may want to make extra, since this salsa tends to disappear quickly.

Photo Description:

This sweet onion salsa is colorful, as the photo shows, and very tasty as well. Sweet onion is one of the main flavors in this, as well as onion, while the cilantro and jalapeño add subtle hints of flavor, as does the pinch of cumin that goes into the mix. White, red or yellow onion are often used to make salsa, but using Vidalia onions, or another sweeter variety, offers a new twist on the classic salsa flavor, and this is a typical Mexican recipe which you can serve alongside many types of dishes, as a burger topping, sandwich filling, or simply with your fish or meat.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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