Pickled Red Onions

So apparently anything can be a pickle if it’s soaked in a vinegar solution. Just thought we’d share our grand observation for this lovely Thursday morning.

Today’s recipe is dedicated to our wonderful friend Julie, who also runs a blog/website called The Fashion Law. It’s really a wonderful site, run by an even more wonderful person.

We met Julie and her mom and sister (Sue and Megan) on our tour of Italy last year. After being paired together for a Pizza making night, we realized we should have been hanging out together from the start.

A couple of weeks ago, we asked Julie if there was anything she wanted us to make and she asked for pickled red onions, so here it is, delicious red pickled onions. Pickling is really easy, like we said at the beginning of the post, you can pickle just about anything if you put it in a vinegar solution.

You don’t have to pickle red onions, you can choose any onion you like, but here we really like red onions because of the beautiful color that results. They have a nice bite to them and a wonderful natural sweetness to them.

Pickled Red Onions


  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 1 large red onion

Step 1:

In a medium pan, put apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, sugar, honey, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Heat until the sugar dissolves, remember DON’T breathe in the vinegar steam, it’s horrible. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 2:

Take the vinegar mixture off the stove to cool. While that’s cooling, cut the onion into thin slices, or if you’re experienced use a mandolin, no not the tiny guitar-like thing.

Step 3:

Stuff the sliced onions into a mason jar.  Once the vinegar mixture has come to room temperature, pour it into the jar with the onions. Close it up and shake. Let it refrigerate for 24 hours before consuming.

If you pour the vinegar mixture on the onions when they’re still hot, they will lose  that wonderful red color they have!

Enjoy on sandwiches, burgers, salad, or by themselves.

Pickled Red Onions

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