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The perfect condiment to topped grilled meats, this Turkish sumac onion salad has thinly sliced red onions tossed with bright sumac, fresh parsley and fresh lemon juice.
The next time you’re grilling kebabs, or really any mezze, I’d like to strongly suggest (uhh, urge), to mix up this sumac onion salad.
The perfect condiment to charred kebabs, this sumac salad is bright and crunchy and the contrast in flavors and textures is out of this world.
Turkish Onion Salad
Popular in Turkish and other Mediterranean cuisines, this sumac onion salad or you can even call it a quick pickle, is a breeze to make.
Thinly slice red onion, then mix with fresh chopped parsley, good squeeze of lemon juice,olive oil and sumac and salt. Toss everything together and let everything marinate while you prepare the rest of your meal.
Then top onion salad over grilled kebabs or serve on the side as a mezze.
The star of this quick onion salad is sumac. A slightly tart spice made from the dried plant that is also one of the ingredients in za’atar blend.
You can find sumac at international or Mediterranean stores and also online.
I use sumac in a number of ways, including as part of a marinade or as a garnish to salads, eggs and hummus for a bright tart finishing note.
Serve Onion Salad with Mezze or Grilled Meats
Top sumac onions over sfeeha (Lebanese meat pies).
Turkish Sumac Onions
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss to combine.
- Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed (more salt or more sumac, for example).
- Let marinated while you prepare the rest of your meal.
Other substitutions you can do is add fresh mint or cilantro and a za’atar in addition to sumac.