Spicy Onion & Pepper Relish


  • 1 onion, finely diced

  • 1 chile pepper, seeds removed and minced, or ½ bell pepper, finely diced (the latter option will result in a less spicy relish)

  • 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 tsp. hot smoked paprika (or ¾ tsp. smoked paprika + ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper)*

  • ¼ tsp. salt (or to taste)


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  Allow to stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.  Use to top burgers, hot dogs, or veggie burgers.  Also makes a good pizza topping.  Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container.

*Note: For less heat, use 1 tsp. smoked paprika (with no cayenne pepper).  For more heat, add additional cayenne pepper.  If you don’t have smoked paprika, you can substitute regular paprika, although this will give the relish a different flavor.

Recipe adapted from: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2010/09/curried-eggplant-lentil-quinoa-burgers-onion-pepper-relish.html