Pickled Red Onions

Crunchy and tangy pickled onions in no time at all! Use them on salads, sandwiches, pizza, or your favorite entrée!

I went on an outing to a local nursery for my birthday last week. Earlier in the week, I was trying to think of something fun I could do for my birthday that was still outdoors. And then it hit me: I could buy more summer vegetable plants! This is absolutely due to life just being a bit strange these days, but also due to the fact that I have a garden for the first time ever and it makes me so happy. I saw flowers budding on my tomato plant last week and I had to rush inside and tell my husband about it. That’s where things are these days. 🙂 But as much as I rib myself for all of my “middle-aged interests”, I absolutely love it.

close up of pickled red onion in a glass jar

Why Pickled Onions?

I discovered pickled red onions a few years ago, and now they are one of my favorite condiments! Besides being good for you, they add a delectable sweet and tangy crunch that takes food to the next level. When it comes to how to use pickled onions, the possibilities are endless! I add them to sandwiches, salads, tacos, pasta, and endless entrées. They are incredible on these Refried Bean and Queso Tacos as well as this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Arugula, Walnuts, and Gruyère. And as you can see from the pictures, pickled red onions have a vibrant pink color that brighten up any plate!

pickled red onion in a glass jar with a fork digging into it. wooden spoon and small ramekin of red onions next to it.

Instructions

Making pickled onions couldn’t be easier! It’s just three simple steps:

  • Whisk together hot water, vinegar, sugar and salt, until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Place sliced onion in a medium-to-large bowl and pour pickling mixture over onion. Let sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
large glass jar of pickled red onions with white ramekin of onions in background

If you don’t have apple cider vinegar on hand, you could substitute red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar. Either one will work just fine. Similarly, if you only have yellow onions available, you can swap that for the red onion. It won’t be as pretty, but it will still be delicious.

Enjoy your week, and feel free to drop me a line in the comments – I would love to hear if you try this recipe! Or tag me on Instagram @maryannehoekstra to let me know how it turned out! Also, if you are enjoying my blog, please consider recommending it to your friends. They can subscribe here.

Pickled Red Onions

Crunchy and tangy pickled onions in no time at all! Use them on salads, sandwiches, pizza, or your favorite entrée!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 0 mins
Course condiment, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together hot water, vinegar, sugar and salt, until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Place sliced onion in a medium-to-large bowl and pour pickling mixture over onion. Let sit for 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Keyword apple cider vinegar, red onion

2 Comments

  1. Barbara J Haner

    5 stars
    I am going to mix up a batch of these right now. I love, love, love onions so these will be great for me to keep on hand! Thanks for all your great ideas and recipes!

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