Salsa Criolla

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Peruvian Kitchen

By Morena Cuadra and Morena Escardó

Published 2014

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Onion, ají amarillo, cilantro, and lime juice. Salsa criolla accompanies most of our dishes, such as tamales, sandwiches, and any kind of beans. Make it right before serving to fully enjoy its crispness and vibrant flavor.


  • ½ medium red onion, finely sliced from top to root
  • 1 ají amarillo, cut in thin slices (or any other fresh chili pepper)


  1. Put the onion in a bowl, cover with ice water, and let rest for 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  2. In a bowl, combine the onion, ají amarillo, bell pepper, cilantro leaves, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Mix carefully.
  3. Use immediately or keep refrigerated up to 1 hour.