These crispy Turkish Sumac Onions will be a perfect partner to your main dishes with their tart flavor, and will promote your oriental touch sandwiches, hamburgers and soups.
You have dinner guests and you have chosen your main dish and dessert in mind. It’s time to get an appetizer.
You want to impress your audience on something different and good. Well, how about marinated onions with some sumac?
Sumac is a spice from the Middle East and the southeastern part of Turkey, where I originally came from.
It has a slight lemonic flavor. It isn’t as robust as lemon. We use this in marinades and soups quite often.
But my favorite way of using it is through salad dressings.
What Are TURKISH Sumac Onions?
Sumac makes the onions softer to eat with its lemony flavour.
When you marinate them in oil and acidic food like lemon, vinegar or sumac, the taste and odor of the onions mellows.
At every opportunity we eat sumac marinated onions such as in Turkish Potato Salad, or just as an appetizer to mix with main dishes.
In Turkish cuisine this red onion salad plays an important role. Although this recipe here is known as sumac onion salad,
it’s not very similar to the state’s regular salads.
Just like Indian Raw Onion Relish, these sumac onions are mostly served with meat and chicken dishes as condiments.
In Turkey, serving onion salad on the same plate with kebabs is a must for traditional Kebab restaurants.
They serve lavash bread kabobs and grilled tomatoes and peppers as well as a little onion salad on the side,
all on one platter. Perfect match, isn’t it? However, it is not the only way of serving onion salad. Several other dishes that we love.