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Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe
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4.93 from 13 votes

Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe

This is such a simple recipe and the perfect accompaniment to Mexican and Caribbean meals. The pungent heat from the red onion dissipates overnight into a sweet crunch and a vibrant pink color. Its flavor is as bright as its appearance.
Prep Time5 mins
Soaking1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 quart
Calories: 187kcal


  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt


  • Whisk vinegar and seasonings with 2 cups of water until fully dissolved.
  • Place onion slices in a container and add liquid until covered. 1 quart mason jars work perfectly for this.
  • Let sit for at least 1 hour, but it is best if left in the fridge overnight.


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Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7018mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg