Salsa Criolla, the Perfect Complement

Salsa Criolla, the Perfect Complement

Salsa criollaOnions, Aji­ Amarillo chilies, lime juice and a few cilantro leaves, a simple mix of intense flavor. Salsa criolla accompanies many of our 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: follow the recipe word by word or make it milder by substituting the Aji­ Amarillo with bell peppers. Make it colorful 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 Criollaright before serving, as the onion becomes soggy when it macerates in the lemon juice for too long).

Salsa criolla
Author: Peru Delights
Recipe type: Salsa
Prep time:  
Total time:  
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ medium red onion, finely sliced from top to root
  • 1 aji­ amarillo cut in thin slices or ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 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 bell pepper, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix carefully. You can use it immediately or have it on hand up to an hour in the fridge.

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