Onions may be small, but they pack lots of health benefits in their many layers. Here are some delicious ways to add them to your diet

By Margaret Nearing

8 healthy ways to eat onions

Raw power

Hosting guests? A spring onion makes a great swizzle stick for a Caesar.

Salad platter

Top cucumber rounds with sliced red onion, goat cheese and parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.

Fresh salsa

Combine finely diced jalapeño pepper, onion, tomato and cilantro with lime juice. Use in tacos or as a topping for crackers.

Savoury baking

When mixing up batter for scones or cornbread, toss in chopped green onion and herbs.

Easy salad dressing

In a food processor, whirl thyme and shallots with olive oil, white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard.

For Sunday’s roast

Stir shallots or quartered white onions into the roasting pan with beef, pork or chicken.

Baked fish

Sauté sliced onions and leeks until tender. Spread in the bottom of a casserole dish and put fish filets on top. Add a few splashes of white wine; cover and bake at 325°F until fish is opaque.

Four-onion soup


Chop a leek, a red onion, a yellow onion and four shallots. Sauté in olive oil until soft. Cover with enough broth for four bowls of soup; simmer 15 minutes. Fill bowls and top each with baguette slices and Swiss cheese. Broil just until melted.

This article was originally titled "A humble powerhouse" in the December 2012 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience–and never miss an issue!

Best Health magazine, December 2012; Image: Thinkstock

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