Walla Walla Onion and Mango Salsa – Washington

The next time you cut a sweet onion and don’t cry, thank a soldier named Peter Pieri. Pieri is credited with bringing sweet onion seeds from the island of Corsica to Washington in the 1880s. Sweet onions

Walla Walla Onion and Mango Salsa - Washington

have a very low amount of pyruvic acid which is the compound that makes you cry and gives onions their pungent bite. Walla Walla sweet onions are Washington’s official state vegetable thanks to a persistent group of schoolkids who lobbied the state legislature.

Sweet onion season is fleeting, just like summer. This recipe, slightly adapted from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee, pairs the allium with summer fruit stand-outs mango and kiwi to make a terrific fruit salsa that will be a hit at your next patio gathering.

Towering over 14,000 feet, Mount Rainier makes its presence known, just 64 miles southeast of Seattle. With over 27 major glaciers and countless smaller ones, this peak supplies six rivers and is also an active volcano.

Walla Walla Onion and Mango Salsa

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Walla Walla onion, diced
  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lime

 Instructions

 In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

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4 thoughts on “Walla Walla Onion and Mango Salsa – Washington”

  1. Hi Kat!! OK, I love mango salsa, but never ever thought of adding kiwi!! It makes it so pretty and would add a little more sweetness. Perfect! Would love to have a bowl of this right now!! And– what have you been up to? We did our Laurel & John’s weekend woodsy wedding this past weekend and now are doing a little touristing in Wisconsin with our kids this week. Love the green green landscapes and beautiful weather here in the midwest!! Agree??! xoxox

    1. Hi Liz – have you had a Vidalia onion? The flavor is similar. They are very mild, even milder than a red onion, you could eat them like an apple…..but I wouldn’t. -Kat

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