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Pickled Red Onions

Have you ever had a pickled red onion? It’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth! Pickling an item like an onion really helps to mask that harsh flavor while bringing a tangy sweetness to many dishes! I love using them in salads, sandwiches and on tacos, oh yeah! The best part? They are soooo easy to make!

Pickled Red Onions recipe from super easy and adds a flavor explosion to any dish! #Pickled #RedOnions #Recipe


1 each                             Red Onion, medium sized sliced in strips

2 each                            Garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

1/2 Cup                         Water

1 Cup                             White Vinegar

1/3 Cup                         Granulated Sugar


In a sauce pot put all the ingredients except for the onions and garlic. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, mixing with a whisk. Set aside. Next, slice the onion. Cut off both ends of the onion and discard (don’t use red onion trimmings for stock unless you want pink colored stock!) cut onion in half through the core. Slice this into 1/8 of an inch slices. Place onion into vinegar mixture. Peel the garlic and carefully smash it with the back of a knife. Place this in vinegar mixture. Keep at room temperature until filly cooled.

Pickled Red Onions recipe from super easy and adds a flavor explosion to any dish! #Pickled #RedOnions #Recipe

Place in airtight container over night. It is best if left to sit overnight but you can use it after an hour or so.  For some reason when this mixture sits the garlic will actually turn a bluish color. Very strange! You can discard this after a day or leave it in there if it doesn’t bother you. I would try and use these up in a week or so but I doubt they will last that long! Now use in your favorite dishes!

Pickled Red Onions recipe from super easy and adds a flavor explosion to any dish! #Pickled #RedOnions #Recipe

Shown here in my Greek Panzanella Salad, YUM!

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17 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Gin says:
    August 8, 2013

    I make mine with rice wine vinegar–totally to die for!

  2. A flavor explosion in my mouth. This sounds interesting, I’ve never had a pickled onion before but something tells me that I’m going to very very soon 😉

    Looking forward to trying my first pickled onion.

    Thanks for sharing at The Blog Strut Peacock Style.

  3. avatar
    Linda says:
    August 9, 2013

    Hi, thanks for the great red onion pickling recipe. I want to pickle this year. I’ve been making jam. Thanks again for the recipe. Linda

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      August 10, 2013

      Thanks so much!! It’s not that you shouldn’t reply to comments but only reply when you have something more to say then just “thank you” or something similar. For yours I’m replying because you asked me a direct question and I’m more than happy to answer! I wish I could answer all of them but I don’t want to get red flagged!

  4. avatar
    LydiaF says:
    August 10, 2013

    I do this the lazy way and put the onions in my brother’s pickled beet brine. A little pickle adds for much to a plate, doesn’t it?

  5. avatar
    August 10, 2013

    Hmm.. I’ve never had them before but my guy loves that pickles vegtables stuff so I bet he’d love this too 🙂

  6. avatar
    August 11, 2013

    My mouth is watering! I will be making some this week for sure!

  7. avatar
    August 11, 2013

    Your pickled red onions seem to be the perfect way to eat red onions and I have got to give this a try. I found your post on rand recipe round up by MY Mixing Spoon.

  8. avatar
    August 12, 2013

    What a great idea – I have never thought of pickling my own onions! Thanks for linking up with us at Tasty Tuesdays this week! Ruth x

  9. avatar
    Michelle says:
    August 15, 2013

    Awesome – I was taught to make these from my ex-husband’s family. Pickled onions were our favorite on tacos, enchiladas and tostadas. Thanks for linking up at My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Party!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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    August 15, 2013

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