Shallot is a type of onion, looks like a small, elongated onion but with a milder flavor and a hint of garlic. Typically, it is a small bulb with copper, reddish, or gray skin.
A member of the allium family, along with onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives, the shallot is one of the milder of the group. The flavor can be described as a little sweet, with hints of garlic. Since it doesn’t have the same bite as onion, shallots are ideally used raw in a salad or dressing, and won’t overpower more delicate dishes.