A tip for using raw red onions


Soaking Red Onions | Tip | Recipe RenovatorI learned this tip while testing recipes from Michael Natkin’s Herbivoracious cookbook. I always thought that raw red onions were too strong to use in salads or on sandwiches until I tried this. You can use this with any type of onion.

Just cut the onion, then soak in cold ice water for 10-15 minutes.

Drain and pat dry, then use in your recipe as directed.

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  1. Carolyn Blake says

    I have also found that adding a little fresh lemon juice to the water brings out the sugar in the onions…delicious!

  2. noelle says

    that’s great to know! I had given up on adding raw onions to stuff because of their ‘strength’.