Quick Pickled Red Onions

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If you are looking for a beautiful, delicious condiment to add to you're pantry, I could not think of a better recipe to update and present once again than this often made favorite Quick Pickled Onions. You know there is nothing prettier than this jar of rose-colored goodness looking back at you from a lighted refrigerator when you open the door!

Recipes like this one for Quick Pickled Onions is how I turn our creative meals, that don't take all day, because nobody has time for that! Condiments are the answer, my friends, homemade condiments to be exact. They add flavor to a quick saute, over salads and can even be made into a delicious glaze with a bit of tomato and a secret ingredient!

I have said before and I will say it again, every meal can and should be enjoyable, delicious and healthy, but not every meal needs to take hours to make. And when you have homemade condiments ready to go, everyday meals come together quickly!

You may have noticed that we really enjoy these little onion bits, using them as well as recommending them in many of our recipes. The reason? Because they really are that good! They are also very easy to make, which is also a bonus. 

How to make Quick Pickled Onions
Quick Pickled Onions

Quick Pickled Onions
adapted from: sidewalk shoes,
updated 02/2020
makes 1 pint (or so)

1 large red onion, diced

3/4 c white, cider vinegar, or red wine vinegar
2 t salt
3 T sugar
1 bay leaf
2-4 whole cloves (use what you prefer)

Combine choice of vinegar through cloves in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved.

No canning required, Quick Pickled Onions

Add the diced onion pieces, stir once or twice, remove from heat (do not cover) and let sit until mixture has cooled to room temperature. 

Quick Pickled Onions

Pour contents into a pint jar, cap, and place in your refrigerator. 

They will keep for a long time! You will find, however, that they don't last long! 


You may also enjoy these recipes calling for Quick Pickled Onions:

Red Onion Chicken and Tzatziki
Red Onion Chicken with Tzatziki

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Sour Cream and Capers
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Sour Cream and Capers

Family Favorite Macaroni Salad.Delicious!
Family Favorite Macaroni Salad

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  1. Great idea to pickle your onions already diced. It's kind of a duh, but I hadn't thought of it either!

  2. I've never made picked onions, you made it sound easy enough.

  3. Excellent recipe, Melynda--and pretty too. Thank you so much for the shout-out! --Rocquie

    1. Any time, I love visiting all you delicious recipes!

  4. Didn't you love them!! I've made them so many times now. I used to skip raw onions in any of my salads, now I just sub these! Thanks for the mention!

  5. This sounds super tasty! I'm bookmarking this recipe, so I can come back and make the recipe later!

  6. I'm all about real food over here! I've never heard of pickled onions before. We pickled cucumbers last year and they were so good. I wish I were an onion fan. My husband and son are though so maybe I'll whip up a batch for them ;)

    1. Your husband and son will enjoy these pickled onions, trust me! Thanks for dropping by!

  7. I love to keep Pickled Red Onions on hand to kick up a lot of recipes. Your recipe looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen


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