Pickled red onions – quick and easy to make

by Milena
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Ingredients needed for Pickled red onions

  • 3 small red onions (peeled and sliced) or 200g
  • 150 ml of apple cider vinegar
  • 50 ml of water 50 ml
  • 1 tbs brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 ts salt

Pickled red onions or marinated red onions is a very versatile condiment that can add a tangy and flavourful kick to a large variety of dishes. They are a great addition to sandwiches, wraps, salads, tacos, and many other dishes.

What are pickled red onions?

Pickled red onions are simply sliced red onions that have been soaked in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and salt. The acidity of the vinegar helps to preserve the onions and gives them a tangy flavor. The sweetener (sugar or another healthier one) helps to balance the acidity and adds a touch of sweetness. Salt is added to enhance the flavor and help the onions retain their crispness.

Marinated red onions are not only tasty, but they are also a healthy addition to your diet. Combining red onions and apple cider vinegar can be a powerful way to boost your overall health.

Red onions contain flavonoids and sulfur compounds that may help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and improve heart health. Red onions are also rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body against cell damage caused by free radicals.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have several health benefits as well. It may help regulate blood sugar levels and improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar may also help with weight loss by increasing feelings of fullness and reducing calorie intake. In addition, it has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, which may help fight off harmful bacteria. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has also been linked to improved insulin sensitivity and lower cholesterol levels.

Pickled Red Onions

This recipe for marinated red takes just 30 minutes to make and it is so easy. The onions can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks, making them a convenient addition to your pantry. It is crucial two use a clean jar and a clean spoon to put press the onions in the jar. Any kind of bacteria from your cutting board and hands can lower the storage time.

In general, pickled foods are a safe and healthy addition to your diet, but it’s important to consume them in moderation and be aware of potential risks. Especially store-bought pickled foods contain a lot of sugar and salt. If we make our home-made pickled foods we reduce those risks as we are in control how much salt and sugar we are using.

You can try experimenting with different spices and seasonings to create your own unique red pickled onion recipe. For example you can add:

  • GARLIC – for a garlic taste and flavour add peeled and sliced garlic clove
  • BLACK PEPPER – to add the aroma and taste of black pepper just sprinkle few peppercorns
  • CHILI – add few slices of spicy chilies to add a spicy twist
  • HERBS – add your favourite dried herbs to add an aroma you like ( thyme, oregano, etc.)

You can add it to your favourite Chili sin carne, Avocado Toast or Sandwich. There are so many ways to use these delicious marinated red onions in your meals. By adding the pickled red onions you are not only adding a tasty addition to your meals, but they may also offer some potential health benefits. By incorporating these flavorful and nutritious onions into your diet, you may be doing your body a favor.

I added this quick recipe as few followers asked me about the onions I used for this SALAD WITH BEETROOT AND WALNUTS.

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And here is how to prepare this quick and easy Pickled red onions

Pickled Red Onions

This recipe for pickled red onions takes just 30 minutes to make and it is so easy. They add tangy flavour to sandwiches, salads and many other dishes
Course relishes
Keyword marinated, pickled, pink, red onions, vegan
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 jar


  • 200 g red onions peeled and thinly sliced
  • 150 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 tbs brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 ts salt


  • In a saucepan mix the water, vinegar, salt, and sweetener and whisk well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is warm enough so the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • Cut the onions into tiny slices and add to a clean jar.
  • Pour the vinegar mixture over the onions and mix with a spoon. Press the onions if needed so they are fully covered with the marinate. Let the onions marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can keep in the fridge for at least 2-3 weeks.

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