Serve these tangy, crunchy onions with Mayan-Style Pit Pork and a few warm corn tortillas—their beautiful pink hue brightens any table.

  • Yield: 5 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 5 mins, plus refrigeration time

Ingredients (6)

  • 2 medium red onions, halved lengthwise, root ends removed, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 4 medium limes)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 5 medium oranges)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, and very thinly sliced


  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the onions and blanch for about 15 seconds. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Combine the lime juice, orange juice, sugar, and salt in a large, nonreactive bowl and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the blanched onions and the jalapeño and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.