I thought twice when I decided to post Onion-Tomato salad, because there is no ‘recipe’ involved. It is nothing fanciful. And may not be ‘socially acceptable’…with all that onion, yikes! But it makes a frequent appearance on my table despite all the flaws. It would only be injustice if I don’t share it with you. I am not exaggerating when I say that you would find practically no street food stall in India without this. Onions in this are not as vengeful. Lemon juice tames them. They just have enough pungency that I find very appealing with spicy food. If so much onion sounds overwhelming, it can be substituted fully or partially with sliced Cucumber.
I prefer Red Onions for the color, but any onions will do. Cilantro and Mint are optional. I can’t live without them.
What you need:
1 small Red Onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium Tomatoes deseeded, halved and thinly sliced
1 pinch of Salt
1 pinch of coarsely ground Black pepper (optional)
Cliantro, few sprigs, roughly torn
Mint, few sprigs, roughly torn
How to make it:
- Toss the Onions and Tomatoes in a big bowl with squeeze of Lemon or Lime.
- Sprinkle Salt and coarsely ground Black Pepper and toss again.
- Sprinkle Cilantro and Mint.
Can be eaten right away as a side or topping, or can sit for some time. If left out for too long, it becomes soggy as Onions release water in the presence of salt.