Onion Facts/Tips: Onion Flavors

There is so much to love about onions and their flavor is a big reason. Knowing the different arrays of flavors can help you to choose which ones you want for what type of eating and cooking.

Onion Facts/Tips: Onion Flavors

onion slivers, slices, and diced pieces

Fact: Onions have a flavor profile that ranges from sweet and mild to spicy and pungent.

Helpful Tip:  If you have a spicy one and want to use it raw, have no fear.  To reduce the pungency, sharpness or aftertaste of a raw onion, cut them the way you plan to use them and place into a bowl of ice water to stand for at least 1-1/2 hours; overnight is best. Rinse before using. If time is at a premium, place onions in a strainer or sieve. Run cold water over the onions for at least a minute.Onion Tips and Tricks - All about Onion Flavors

For more tips and tricks with onions to help in your meal preparation that will not only make things easier but help you to enjoy onions at their finest.

 

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Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing 

Sweet Onion Pasta Salad is essential at summer cookouts, picnics, and potlucks. In my mind, nothing is better than the crunch of a mild, sweet onion amidst tender pasta and creamy herb dressing. It’s a winning combination.

This Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing is perfect for a light dinner, side dish or lunch. The touch of sweet onions is perfection.

Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing 

Since we’re highlighting Onions in the Raw, this month’s featured recipe is a simple, classic pasta salad everyone at the table will dig into. Fresh seasonal herbs come together with onions, olives, and bell peppers for a truly spectacular side dish. Feel free to adapt this recipe to your tastes, and what you have on hand. We’ve used rotini pasta, but whole wheat pastas, bean-based pastas, and other grain-free pastas make an equally delicious substitute.

We want to see how you use raw onions in your favorite summer recipes.

Be sure to tag your images and posts with #onionsintheraw!

This Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing is perfect for a light dinner, side dish or lunch. The touch of sweet onions is perfection.

Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing 

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  10 minutes

Ingredients 

16 ounces dry rotini pasta

1 medium yellow onion, cut into thin wedges or slivers

3/4 cup black olives, drained and halved

3/4 cup diced bell pepper (any colors)

Dressing 

1/3 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk

1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped

5 to 6 basil leaves, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

 This Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing is perfect for a light dinner, side dish or lunch. The touch of sweet onions is perfection.

Preparation  

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Reserve about 5 slivers of onion. Add the remaining onion to a large bowl. Stir in the olives and bell pepper. Add the pasta.

For the dressing, finely chop the reserved onion and add it to the bowl of a small food processor or a blender. Add mayonnaise and buttermilk. Pulse in 5-to-10-second intervals, 4 or 5 times until the onion is pureed.

Transfer the dressing into a medium bowl and stir in parsley, basil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad; stir gently to coat all ingredients. Add more salt to taste, if desired.

Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

This Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing is perfect for a light dinner, side dish or lunch. The touch of sweet onions makes for delightful perfection.

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Onions in the Raw: Our Favorite Summer Salsas

With our love for onions there are so many amazing dishes to enjoy.  Raw onions bring out the amazing flavors and body of our favorite onions.  One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

Our Favorite Summer Salsas

Don’t you just love enjoying a light salsa with one of your favorite chips on a hot Summer day? What about on game day? Bringing that perfect salsa to the party or potluck is a great way to be the talk of the party.  During the Summer months there are so many salsa variations.  You can go from sweet to spicy and anywhere in between.  We tend to really enjoy the Summer fruits, the citrus really compliments the onion flavors.

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

This Mango Salsa Pasta Salad from Bijoux & Bits is quite different from most Summer Salsas with the addition of the pasta.  It looks divine.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

This Grilled Corn Cherry Salsa looks perfect for a hot Summer day. We love the jalapenos Running to the Kitchen added.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas. 10 Minute Oklahoma Caviar Salsa is a super fast a yummy way to enjoy your favorite chips. Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt really put some fun stuff in this salsa.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

How fun and fresh does this Paleo Cherry Salsa from The Primal Desire look? 

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

Onion, avocado and mango all in one, YES please!  This Mango Avocado Salsa from Yes to Yolks is a delightful Summer Salsa.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

This traditional Fresh Tomato Salsa from Pretty. Simple. Sweet. is an authentic way to whip up our favorite salsas.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

Grilled Pineapple and Pickled Red Onion Salsa from Paleo Scaleo brings the amazing taste of pickled red onions to sweet pineapple… very intriguing.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

Nothing better than strawberries and onions to add to your crackers or chips. This Fresh Strawberry Salsa from upbeet looks like the perfect way to cool down on a hot Summer day.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

This Avocado Feta Salsa from Fake Ginger looks so good and creamy.  Each bite will be tasty and filling.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas. This rich and flavorful Summer Salsa from Viand will have your friends asking for the recipe.  

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the deliciousness of raw onions is sitting down to some of Our Favorite Summer Salsas.

No salsa list is complete without a verde recipe. Like this Authentic Spicy Salsa Verde from Garlic & Zest. My mouth is watering! 

What's the best part of salsa? The Onions,, try this fabulous Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa With Lime.

We put our favorites together and came up with this Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Lime and boy is it good.

What are you favorite ways to make salsa? Do you love changing things up or are traditional Summer Salsa recipes best?

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Onions in the Raw: Pico de Gallo

I’m delighted to have Kate Winslow as a guest blogger. She’s sharing her adventures abroad along with some fabulous photos and a delicious Pico de Gallo recips.

By Kate Winslow

Several years ago, my husband and I, along with our young son, moved to Sicily, where we worked for several months at a cooking school in the center of the island. The family who owned the school grew grapes for wine and olives for oil, as well as most of their own food, including beautiful red onions that were the start of almost every dish, from eggplant caponata and fava bean stew to the tomato sauce known as salsa pronta that was made in huge batches every August. When the big basket of onions in the kitchen was empty, we would cross the courtyard to an old stone shed and cut down another braid that had been hanging to cure.

We love onions, especially raw onions. Just like this amazing Pico de Gallo recipe that's easy to put together, eat at home or bring to a party. #OnionsintheRaw

Since that sweet time, onions have always been near and dear to our hearts—so much so that we wrote a cookbook focusing on the entire edible allium family. What other vegetable offers so much versatility in such a humble package? Indeed, onions—and their cousins: scallions, leeks, shallots, chives, ramps, garlic and more—play so many roles that we tend to take them for granted. How often do we reach for an onion at the start of making a meal, without even thinking? Chopped with other aromatics and sautéed in butter or oil, onions are the start of so many soups, stews and sauces. Western cooks traditionally reach for yellow storage onions or leeks, while many Asian cultures may start with scallions, shallots or garlic chives in combination with ginger and chiles.

We love onions, especially raw onions. Just like this amazing Pico de Gallo recipe that's easy to put together, eat at home or bring to a party. #onionsintheraw

But onions can also take on a starring role, as in classic dishes like French onion soup or leeks vinaigrette. In our book, we place onions front and center in frittatas and galettes, pizzas and salads. We follow an Afghan custom and stuff them with lentils, feta and prunes and roast them (we also follow an American habit and stuff them to overflowing with cheese, sausage and breadcrumbs). We grill big juicy rings of sweet onions and slide them into toasted tortillas for the simplest, tastiest tacos imaginable. Our refrigerator is full of pickled onions—from bright fuchsia red onions to dainty white pearls—that lend snap and piquant bite to sandwiches and cheese boards.

We love onions, especially raw onions. Just like this amazing Pico de Gallo recipe that's easy to put together, eat at home or bring to a party. #Onionsintheraw

Yes, if we have an onion in the kitchen, we know we can make something good for dinner (or breakfast or lunch)!

And now that tomato season is coming in fast, I know we’ll be turning often to our classic pico de gallo recipe…a salsa that comes together in minutes and offers the fresh summer flavors of ripe tomatoes, juicy white onion and jalapeño. Think beyond chips, and serve this salsa over eggs, grilled steaks, quesadillas—anywhere you need an extra jolt of fresh, juicy, spicy flavor.

We love onions, especially raw onions. Just like this amazing Pico de Gallo recipe that's easy to put together, eat at home or bring to a party.

[From ONIONS ETCETERA: The Essential Allium Cookbook (Burgess Lea Press, 2017)]

Pico de Gallo

Makes about 2 cups

Salsa made at the peak of tomato season is the ideal, but a homemade salsa using inferior tomatoes will still be better than any refrigerated “fresh” salsas from the supermarket, which often contain sugar and citric acid. Most shelf-stable jarred varieties have their own time and place—namely on the floor of a dorm room at 1:30 in the morning. Before adding the jalapeño, taste it—they can vary drastically in heat and flavor. Much of their heat is concentrated in their ribs and seeds, so go with your tastes, adding more or less as you like.

We love onions, especially raw onions. Just like this amazing Pico de Gallo recipe that's easy to put together, eat at home or bring to a party. #OnionsintheRaw

 

1 large ripe tomato, cored and chopped

1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped

1 jalapeño, finely chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Kosher salt

Put tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and cilantro in a bowl and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir gently to combine. Serve with tortilla chips, on tacos or quesadillas, over grilled meats, or with eggs.

 

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Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Lime

The best thing about salsa is its versatility! You can use most any fruit or vegetable from tomatoes or strawberries to peppers and create a dip perfect for scooping with tortilla chips or for topping tacos. The best part is the one common ingredient among all my favorite salsas. You guessed it – onions! Like the one found in this Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa.

What's the best part of salsa? The Onions,, try this fabulous Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa With Lime.

Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Lime

As the second feature recipe in our series for Onions in the Raw! #OnionsintheRaw salsa was a natural fit for raw onions of any color! As warmer weather sets in, so do our cravings for fresh salsas and salads that use raw onions. We’re excited to bring you a few recipes to satisfy those cravings. We also want to see your ideas! Let us know how you use raw onions by tagging your photos and posts on social media with #onionsintheraw!

I love roasted red peppers, but I rarely see them used in salsa. This is why we created our own salsa recipe loaded with sweet onions and roasted red peppers. Using peppers from the jar allows you to add sweet and smoky flavor without extra work. This recipe makes the perfect option for those who like their salsa on the mild side, but you can always boost the heat by adding a few diced fresh or pickled jalapenos.

What's the best part of salsa? The Onions,, try this fabulous Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa With Lime.

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 (12 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced
1 medium white onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped (optional)
Tortilla chips for serving

What's the best part of salsa? The Onions,, try this fabulous Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa With Lime.

Preparation
In a medium bowl, combine roasted red peppers, white onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with red onion, for garnish if desired and enjoy!
Note: best served soon after it is prepared.

When it comes to a fun a flavorful dip this Sweet Onion and Red Pepper Salsa with Lime will not disappoint. Bring to any party or just keep it all to yourself.

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