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Grandma Vera's Chilled Sweet Onion Salad

This height-of-summer salad is so simple, be sure that every single ingredient is the best, including the red wine vinegar. You can prepare this up to one day in advance and the flavors keep getting better. Serve it alongside any grilled meal from burgers to fish. Even onion skeptics will be surprised how sweet it is. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Keyword sweet onion salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Lynne Curry


  • 1 Walla Walla sweet onion, peeled
  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 medium cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise and sliced at an angle
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup best-quality red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cut the onion in half from root to neck. Slice each onion half into half moon shapes, and then cut the crescents in half.
  2. Combine the onion, tomato and cucumber in a large salad bowl. Toss well with the salt and then add the vinegar to coat completely. Add the olive oil and pepper and stir well. Taste for seasoning, adding additional salt and vinegar for a vibrant and full-flavored salad.

  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving for the best flavors and to serve cold.