Tomato And Onion Salad, Chutney Or Salsa?

Is it a tomato and onion salad? In India, they would call this an onion and tomato chutney, you might call it an onion and tomato salsa but let's not split hairs, let's just get on with the cooking.

Raw onion isn't may favorite but what makes this chutney work for me is the lemon juice that actually “cooks” the onion and takes away that really pungent (and what would be overpowering) flavor.

tomato and onion chutney

Camping again, hence the plastic pot - sorry!

When you chop into a raw onion you break the cell walls and a volatile sulfurous compound is released and it is this compound that gives onions their pungency (and also makes you cry). The addition of lemon juice helps leach those compounds out of the onion so leaving raw onion palatable.

To be fair you can do the same with iced water but it takes a couple of hours and adds no flavor. You can also make use of red onions because these aren't as pungent.

Given what we discussed at the top, this recipe makes the perfect accompaniment to both Indian and Mexican cuisine.

Serves:- 4 people

Preparation Time:- 4 hours
Cooking Time:- n/a

Total Time:- 4 hours


No allergens if you use a lemon for the lemon juice, if using a bottle then look out for sulphites.


  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt
  • A sprinkle of dried chili flakes


Sometimes it's really difficult to write a method statement for a recipe because it's so easy to prepare!

Mix up the onion and tomato in a bowl, sprinkle in the salt and chili flakes, squeeze over the lemon juice and mix until everything is coated. Now refrigerate for a few hours and then it is ready to serve.

You can use this chutney / salsa as a side accompaniment to any of the dishes below.

See Also:-

Tomato And Mozzarella Salad
Indian Barbecue Chicken
Tandoori Barbecue Chicken Recipe
Barbecue Lamb Shish Kebab
Chicken Curry Fajitas
Chicken Tikka Kabobs
Mexican Chicken Fajitas
Tandoori Grilled Turkey Breast

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