Onions in the Raw: Picnic and Party Sandwich Recipes with Onions

Hot temperatures call for shade, lemonade and minimal cooking. Backyard parties and picnics are in full swing this month and since we are having so much fun with the current series #OnionsInRaw, we elected (unanimously) to continue this theme for another month.  What is a get together without the perfect party sandwich.If you are having a get together you'll want the perfect party sandwich. What makes a good sandwich spectacular is some tasty raw onions.

Picnic and Party Sandwich Recipes with Onions

On the tails of our picnic perfect salad round-up last month, we thought it only natural to feature a few snack, party, picnic friendly sandwiches – all touting our favorite crisp, juicy, sweet flavored vegetable – in the raw!

From chilled to grilled these three sandwiches with amazing onions can make an ordinary lunch or snack a treat everyone will love.

Smoked Chicken Salad with Onions and Dried Cherries

Picnic and Party Sandwiches with Onions #onionsintheraw

Here’s how to make this Smoked Chicken Salad with Onions and Dried Cherries

4-1/2 cups diced smoked (or rotisserie style) chicken or smoked turkey.
1-1/2 cups diced celery
2-1/4 cups diced sweet onions
2-1/4 cups dried tart cherries, chopped
1-1/2 cups pecan pieces
1/2 cup basil, fresh minced
2 cups light mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl, stir gently until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to prepare sandwiches. To prepare as sandwiches, rustic bread works best. Assemble the sandwiches using 3/4 cup of chicken salad per sandwich. Top with bibb lettuce, slice each sandwich in half and serve. Can also be served as a salad in lettuce cups, which also work great for appetizers!  Makes 12 servings.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Lemony Mayonnaise

Picnic and Party Sandwiches with Onions #onionsintheraw

Let’s make this Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Lemony Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon peel
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or dill weed (dry 1 teaspoon)
8 slices dark rye bread, buttered
Lettuce as needed
8 slices gold or red tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 ounces smoked salmon, sliced
1 cup sliced red or yellow onions

Mix mayonnaise with lemon peel, juice and dill. Assemble rye sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, salmon and onions stacked inside. Dollop with mayonnaise. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Hearty Onion-Veggie Sandwich

Picnic and Party Sandwiches with Onions #onionsintheraw

Putting together this Hearty Onion-Veggie Sandwich

2 packages (3 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese
18 slices multi-grain bread
1 large red onion (about 12 ounces), thinly sliced
1 cup sliced cucumbers, marinated in French dressing
12 crisp lettuce leaves
12 tomato slices
6 ounces thinly sliced cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups alfalfa sprouts (optional)

Spread cream cheese evenly over 6 slices of bread. Top with half of the onion slices and all the cucumbers. Stack with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and a second slice of bread. Lay cheddar over second bread slice, then add sprouts and remaining onions. Top with third slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and secure with picks. Makes 6 servings.

Lamb & Onion Feta Sliders

Picnic and Party Sandwiches with Onions #onionsintheraw

Here’s how to make this Lamb & Onion Feta Sliders

1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1-1/2 pounds ground lamb
12 slider buns
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
12 Feta cheese in thin slices
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped

Oil and preheat grill to medium-high. Toss bread crumbs with the oregano, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir in milk and eggs; combine thoroughly. Combine ground lamb with bread crumb mixture until fully incorporated. Form mixture into 12 small (slider size) patties.

Place patties on the grill, cook for 4-5 minutes per side. Meat should cook to medium doneness (160°F) until no longer pink in center.

To serve: place patties on slider buns and garnish with tomato, Feta cheese and red onion.

Note: This recipe can also be made into regular burgers by dividing lamb mixture into 4 patties instead of 12 and using regular sized hamburger buns.

Makes 12 sliders or 4 regular size burgers.

What’s your favorite sandwich to bring to a get together, pot luck or picnic? Raw onions always make any party sandwich the tastiest.

 

Posted in Sandwich | Leave a comment

Onions in the Raw: Picnic Perfect Salads

It’s hot outside and the last thing you want to do is heat up the house using the stove and onions. You still want to eat yummy and delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

Onions in the Raw: Picnic Perfect Salads

Continuing with our Onions in the Raw we’ve gathered some of our favorite Summer Salads fill some hearty appetites while keeping things light.  There’s nothing more delicious than a fabulous salad with some raw onions.


This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

Can you imagine the combination of red onions, feta and watermelon? This Watermelon Feta Salad fromSimply Stacie looks divine.  Especially with the addition of the pumpkin seeds.

 

perfect salads

 

This delectable Blue Crab Salad with Herb Vinaigrette from our dear friend Cynthia over at My Nourished Home is packed full of protein but light enough for a hot Summer day.

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

Get the best of both worlds when you make this Mango Salsa Pasta Salad from Bijoux & Bits.  As you know we love salsas and making a salad out of it is a huge win with us.

 

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

The moment we feasted our eyes on this beautiful Tangy Broccoli Slaw Salad with Blueberries from the folks over at Cotter Crunch we knew it would become a Summer Picnic favorite.

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

Peaches make any salad a tasty treat like this Summer Peach, Shaved Onion and Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette brought to us by Paleo Scaleo.

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

Its Yummi has reminded us of our favorite Summer picnic memories with this Farmer’s Market Potato Salad.  Beautiful, fresh and you can get everything right from the local Farmer’s Market or even your own yard!

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

When you bring delicious Kale and onions together that’s a perfect match. The Minimalist Baker has this Kale Citrus Salad that looks incredible.

 

This Summer you'll want to keep the stove and oven off, yet still eat delicious food so the best way to feed everyone is with Picnic Perfect Salads.

 

Farro, feta and onions are anther one of those delightful combinations.  This Feta Farro Salad from Goodie Godmother will be a hit at the next picnic.

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.

 

One of our very own delicious Summer Salads is this Sweet Onion Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing. It’s a perfect salad for a picnic, side dish or a light lunch.

What is your favorite picnic salad? Are salads your go to on these hot summer days?

Posted in Appetizer Recipe, Snacks | Leave a comment

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.

 

Posted in Cooking Tips, How to's, Trivia | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Appetizer Recipe, Dinner Recipes | Leave a comment

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?

Posted in Appetizer Recipe, Snacks | Leave a comment