Tomato Salad with Pickled Onions

This is a great summer side dish.  The onions are also good served on grilled burgers (bunless of course!).  

Tomato Salad with Pickled Onions

1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced

3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice plus the finely grated zest of 1 lime

3 Tablespoons olive oil

kosher salt

4 large tomatoes (about 2  1/2 pounds), sliced

In a medium bowl, toss the onion with the lime juice, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Let stand, tossing occasionally, until the onion has softened, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

Arrange the tomatoes on a platter and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Top with the onion and sprinkle with the lime zest.

UPDATE:  I made this again and added a thinly sliced cucumber and added the sliced tomatoes to the bowl with everything else.  They marinated in the fridge for a few hours, shaking occasionally, and were GREAT!

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