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Why did I just soak my onions?

I just made a fantastic recipe I found on the web for a mango avacado salsa. It also included red onion, garlic, and cilantro.

The instructions actually called for 1/2 cup of red onion, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes.

Why?

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  1. it takes out some of the bite. i do this with a lot of dishes that call for raw onions...mostly with white onions though not red as the red are pretty mild already

    1. Red onions tends to, uh, stay with me a long time. To make them even sweeter, taking out more of the bite, I'd add some lime juice to the water, or soak them in lime juice; fresh. Perfect for a salsa. So sweet you could eat them straight.

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      1. re: galleygirl

        This is a great suggestion. Red onions sliced very finely and marinated in lime juice are gorgeous. They also go great in Nigella's watermelon, feta, and black olive salad.

        1. re: Kagey

          That recipe gave me the idea, and I've ben doing it all the time since them. The red onions marinated in lime there are really what makes the recipe...

          1. re: Kagey

            that salad sounds divine! is there a special recipe, or just combine the above?

        2. Here is the recipe with all its bells and whistles,
          http://uktv.co.uk/index.cfm/uktv/food...
          but all you really need is the watermelon, the feta, and the onions in lime juice, with a sprinkle of EVOO...

          1. I love to add onion to my garden salad but they often have too much bite. A quick rinse and then a soak in redwine vinegar, a pinch of fresh nutmeg, and a pinch of salt makes them taste wonderful.

            1. As others have said, they take some of the bite out. It it can also remove the "old onion" taste from your mouth and reduce stomach upset.