Salsa Criolla - Peruvian Onion Pepper and Lime Salsa

Salsa Criolla – Peruvian Onion Pepper and Lime Salsa

Onions, Aji­ Amarillo chillies, lemon juice and a few coriander leaves, a simple mix of intense flavour. Salsa criolla accompanies many Peruvian dishes as a side dish, like Tamales, Humitas, Arroz con pollo, sandwiches, beans, and the list goes on. It’s up to you how hot this salsa will be: you can follow the recipe word for word, or make it milder, by substituting the Aji­ Amarillo with capsicums. Make it colourful so it is visually appealing and keep the onion crunchy to fully enjoy its texture and awaken all your senses (for this you need to prepare the Salsa Criolla right before serving, as the onion becomes soggy when it macerates in the lime juice for too long).

Salsa Criolla - Peruvian Onion Pepper and Lime Salsa
It’s up to you how hot this salsa will be: you can follow the recipe word for word, or make it milder, by substituting the Aji­ Amarillo with capsicums. Make it colourful so it is visually appealing and keep the onion crunchy to fully enjoy its texture and awaken all your senses (for this you need to prepare the Salsa Criolla right before serving, as the onion becomes soggy when it macerates in the lime juice for too long).
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Ingredients
  • ½ medium red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 Aji Amarillo chilli cut in thin slices, or ½ red capsicum (see notes for Aji Amarillo chilli)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Put the sliced onion in a bowl, cover with ice water and let rest for 5 minutes. Strain thoroughly. (This is done to eliminate the bitterness of the onion).
  2. In a bowl combine onion, Aji­ Amarillo or capsicum, salt, pepper, lime juice and olive oil. Mix carefully. You can use it immediately or have it on hand up to an hour in the fridge.
Notes
The habañero is a suitable substitute in Australia. The habañero ripens to a range of colours depending on the variety - reds, oranges, yellows and dark purple/browns are the most common. It's skin is smooth, shiny and undulating and the shape, though highly variable, are roughly the same.

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