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Outstanding Onions Are January's Pick of the Month

Onions are a great pick to start off the new year. They’re versatile, with antioxidants and vitamin C, with no fat and only a small amount of sodium. Pick some up today for your omelets, salsa, casseroles and soups!

What’s so great about onions?

  • Onions add flavor to foods and have a flavor profile ranging from sweet to pungent
  • They’re high in vitamin C and contain antioxidants
  • Onions contain no fat and are very low in sodium

What’s the best way to eat onions?

  • Sauté or caramelize them
  • Add them to casseroles
  • Add them to soups
  • Make homemade salsa with them

Selection & Preparation

  1. Select onions that are firm and dry. Avoid green or dark spots.
  2. Store whole onions in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place for up to one month. Refrigerate cut onions in a tightly sealed container, use within one week.
  3. Peel onion prior to cutting. To avoid eye irritation: chill onions for 30 minutes before cutting, use a sharp knife, leave root end uncut as long as possible.
  4. Sauté, grill, roast or bake. High heat makes onions bitter, when sautéing always use low or medium heat.
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Greek Onion Dip

Recipe created by Athena Nofziger, dietitian with Samaritan Hematology & Oncology Associates


  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sodium free beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly cut vegetables


  1. Heat canola oil in a medium size sauté pan.
  2. Add onions and black pepper to pan and sauté for about five minutes until soft and translucent.
  3. Mix cooked onion and remaining ingredients in a small bowl and chill.
  4. Serve with your favorite freshly cut vegetables

Makes eight servings, two tablespoons each.

Nutrition information per serving

  • Calories: 60
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fiber: 2g