Easy Pickled Red Onions

Easy Pickled Red Onions

Written by Becky

You should be putting these on everything… really EVERYTHING!  Pickled red onions, boost the flavor of just about every summer meal, from salads to burgers and all foods in between.  We like them on our eggs, we like them on our rice and beans, we like them with chicken, and we like them with greens. Yes, I like them Sam I am!

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Having something like pickled onions on hand just steps up our family’s food game a little. We prepare them at the beginning of the week and enjoy all week long. Something just feels a little fancy when you have a homemade condiment to add to casual weeknight meals.

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Here are a few recipes from the archives to use this pickled red onions with and I’ll be sharing more ideas soon!

Cauliflower Couscous Greek Salad

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Sweet Potato, Mushroom, and Brussels Sprout Hash

Kale and Black Bean Falafel

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Easy Pickled Red Onions

A quick and easy recipe for pickled red onions. These are so easy you'll be making them as toppings on everything!
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional additions: 5-10 black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, allspice berries, garlic clove, thyme sprig


  • In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, water, agave, and salt to a simmer then remove from heat.  
  • Slice the red onion thin along the natural lines of the exterior, then place the slices in a jar. and add in any additional flavorings that you like (I use what I have on hand but you can also go without).
  • Pour warm vinegar mixture over the onions and let sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes. Cover the jar with a tight lid and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
  • Serve with tacos, over salads, over potato pancakes, etc etc.

Easy Pickled Red Onions

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