Yield: 4 cups

Peruvian Red Onion Tomato Salad

Peruvian Red Onion Tomato Salad

An ultra-simple salad/salsa/side dish, Peruvian Red Onion Tomato Salad requires only a few ingredients, takes a few minutes of active prep time, and is a perfect accompaniment to many of your favorite dishes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Soak Onions 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 red onions, very thinly sliced
  • 1 to 2 ají peppers, very thinly sliced (see notes)
  • 8 ounces tiny tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3 to 4 limes, juiced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Generously salt the onions, add a handful of ice cubes, and cover with water. Allow them to soak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and return to the bowl.
  2. While the onions soak, slice peppers and the tomatoes.
  3. Squeeze the limes.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper.


I use ají limo because I can get a bag of these colorful peppers frozen at my local Latin market. They're about as hot as a jalapeno. Ají  amarillo would be an excellent choice - especially if you can get them fresh. You can substitute jalapeno or Fresno chiles. Add them to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31
Nutrition is an approximation and for reference purposes only!