5 Ingredients or Fewer

Pretty Pickled Onions

October 26, 2017
Photo by Basil and Roses
Author Notes

Looking for a new condiment for summer time burgers, I started experimenting with fun pickling ideas, and these pickled onions have become a family favorite ever since. We use them on everything! They work with countless dishes. Pickled onions can be a nice addition to tacos, simple eggs, or, add a bright zing to salads and sandwiches. Their tangy goodness offers a balanced compliment to anything rich or sweet as well (i.e. roasted butternut squash or a creamy soup).

Besides, it takes about 10 minutes to make and the beautiful crimson jewel-toned color is gorgeous!

Full instructions are below, but you basically slice onions and submerge in a bath of vinegar, water, sugar and salt. After some experimentation, I've come up with a balanced ratio of these elements. You don't want the end result to be too sour, sweet or salty.

This is a quick pickle recipe so it comes together "quickly." Within about 20-30 minutes it starts tasting pretty darn good. You can add aromatics like garlic, thyme and peppercorns if you like, but this simple 4 ingredient version will just as great without the extras. —Basil and Roses

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 Medium red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup Water
In This Recipe
  1. Slice onions thinly in the shape of rings or half moons.
  2. Place onions in a clean, high-quality airtight glass jar.
  3. If adding herbs or garlic, add to jar now. Sometimes I throw in a pinch of mustard seeds.
  4. In a separate bowl combine vinegar, water, salt & sugar and mix until dissolved.
  5. Pour liquid over the onions in the jar and let sit at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Cover and chill.
  7. Serve with your favorite meals and enjoy!

See Reviews

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Basil and Roses
    Basil and Roses
  • Kate