Pickled Red Onions

pickled red onions in mason jars with fresh dill sprigs

Side Dish | May 7, 2018 | By

Pickled Red Onions ~ easy and quick to make ~ this bright, zesty condiment is delicious on salads, burgers, hot dogs and even tacos.

My daughter has been raving about a salad she’s gotten hooked on from Panera. It doesn’t have either of my favorite salad ingredients, bread or pasta; but she said what makes it so good is the Green Goddess Dressing and Pickled Red Onions.

I ate my fill of Green Goddess Dressing in the ‘70’s when I rocked hip-hugging bell bottoms jeans, but the Pickled Red Onions definitely had my attention.

Pickled ~ anything ~ is just so darn good. Okay, almost anything. Not the pickled eggs in oversize jars you see sometimes in sports bars. But you can pickle a lot of other foods, like red onions or pretty much anything else you want to add bright, zesty flavor to.

pickled red onions ~ bowl of greek pasta salad with pickled red onions, olives, feta, tomatoes and fresh herbs

Pickled Red Onions are both quick and easy to make and loaded with flavor. I added some to this batch of Greek Pasta Salad that’ll be on the blog soon and though I don’t normally add onions to my hot dogs, I discovered my new favorite condiment this season. 

pickled red onions on top of a grilled hot dog in a bun

Pickled Red Onions Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup warm tap water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh dill

** You’ll also need several small or one large Mason jar to store the Pickled Red Onions.

pickled red onions ~ overhead shot of onions in mason jar

Instructions:

Remove the peel from the onion then slice it as thinly and evenly as possible, separating the rings.

In a bowl whisk together the red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, warm tap water and peppercorns until the sugar and salt have dissolved. This is the brine for pickling the onions. 

Add the onions to the Mason jars. I prefer several smaller jars so I can share the onions, but one large jar is fine, too.

mason jars filled with pickled red onions, garnished with fresh dill sprigs

Ladle the brine over the onions making sure easy jar has a few peppercorns. Give it a gentle stir then add a sprig of fresh dill to the top of each jar.

pickled red onions ~ overhead view of 3 jars with sprigs of dill on top

Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours before eating so they’re able to absorb the flavors. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

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Pickled Red Onions ~ quick, easy to make this delicious, bright zesty condiment. Delicious in salads, on burgers and hot dogs or even tacos!

Pickled Red Onions
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Bright, zesty condiment. Quick and easy to make. Delicious on salads, burgers, hot dogs and even tacos.

Course: Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pickled onions, pickled onions
Ingredients
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup warm tap water
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh dill
  • Mason Jars
Instructions
  1. Peel then slice the onions as thinly and evenly as possible.

  2. In a bowl whisk together the red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, warm tap water and peppercorns, stirring until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Add the onions to the Mason jar(s).
  4. Ladle the brine over the onions making sure easy jar has a few peppercorns. Give it a gentle stir then add a sprig of fresh dill to the top of each jar.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours before eating and eat over the next 2-3 weeks.

  1. Mary
    May 10, 2018

    Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive! I love pickled onions and this recipe sounds delish! I will definitely be making this later today. Having a cookout this weekend, and will be serving these onions for burgers and hot dogs! Looking forward to the salad recipe. Have a fantastic. Chat again later.

    • Bernie
      May 10, 2018

      Hi there Mary ~ if you love pickled onions, girl this is your recipe ~ so, so simple with huge flavor results. Have a good day friend and enjoy the cookout! 🙂