Contessa Tomato and Onion Relish


Onion Relish

Sometimes its just too easy to make incredible food! Sometimes unfussy food is just the most rewarding. This relish is tropical summer food–cool, uncooked, and perfect on everything from fish to meat dishes. It may look like an uncomplicated tangle of red and purple, but it is so much more in terms of flavor!

The farmers have been showing off with the brightest, reddest, most flavor-packed tomatoes at our local markets–much Tomato Love! How could I not find something amazing to do with this summer season fruit. Yes, tomato is actually a fruit. Top it off with a dash of your favorite hot sauce (anything but Tabasco), or just savor as is. It really is just TOO good.


1 Large Tomato

1 Small to medium Red Onion

1-2 Limes

Salt and Pepper to Taste


Slice the tomato in half and then lengthwise into medium strips.

Then slice the red onion very thin and add to the tomatoes.

(Note: I enjoy lots of onion in this relish, and by slicing it thin it softens nicely when it spends some time in the salt and lime juices. If you don’t, you can modify to your taste and use less.)

Squeeze the juice of one lime over the tomato mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all the ingredients and taste. If you feel it needs a bit more lime feel free to add the second lime. This is all to your liking!

Cover in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop.

You can also add a dash of your favorite hot sauce  to this relish.

This cool topping over a  deep seas snapper in butter sauce, or over a sizzling buttered steak is the definition of delicious!




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