Turkish Sumac Onions Recipe

Sumac onions with parsley in a white bowl

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Raw red onions are marinated with salt, sumac and lemon juice. Then it is combined with chopped parsley.


  • 2 large onions
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Peel and slice the onions thinly. Put them in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle sumac, salt and red pepper flakes over onions. Gently massage them with your hand.
  3. Add in parsley, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses and olive oil. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve as a condiment alongside chicken or meat dishes, as a garnish in sandwiches or wraps.


If the onions you use are bitter, sprinkle a little salt over the thin slices and soak them in cold water for 1-2 minutes. Gently squeeze them and drain. This step will remove the bitterness.


Keywords: onion salad, sumac onions, raw onion salad