Pickled Red Onions – sugar-free, quick, easy topper for all kinds of salads, grilled burgers, tacos — even pizza! 

Friends, this may be the easiest recipe I’ve created yielding the biggest, boldest flavor results. Bonus: There’s no sugar and no canning involved.

The list of foods these beauties will elevate is almost endless: grilled burgers, hot dogs, pizza, tacos …

Whip up a batch of Pickled Red Onions in about 10 minutes. This may be your new favorite condiment of the season.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • It adds a lot of flavor to so many dishes with very little effort.
  • This Pickled Red Onion recipe is from basic ingredients from your local grocery store.
  • Add this delicious recipe to elevate favorite recipe for an easy weeknight dinner.
  • This simple condiment makes the perfect addition to all your summer barbecues!
  • Like this recipe?Give my Dill Refrigerator Quick Pickles a try too! 
  • Panera added pickled red onions to their Green Goddess Salad with Green Goddess Dressing and never looked back!

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE QUICK PICKLED RED ONIONS:

  • 1 large red onion peeled and sliced thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh dill
  • mason jars for storage (or other airtight container)

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PICKLED RED ONIONS:

Peel and slice the onion as thinly as possible using a very sharp knife or mandoline.

Separate the rings and set aside.

In a large glass measuring cup with pour spout (or medium bowl) whisk the hot tap water, red wine vinegar, sugar and salt together until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Add thin slices of the raw onions to the Mason jar. Note: use one large jar or a couple of smaller ones.

Pour the brine (pickling mixture) over the onions then divide the peppercorns between the jars.

Add a sprig of fresh dill to the top of each jar then gently press down on the onions with a fork to fully submerge them in the brine.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes but for best results let them marinate 8-12 hours before eating.

​HOW TO SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE:

  • Try other fresh herbs next time like oregano or a bay leaf.
  • Apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar can be used instead of red wine vinegar.
  • Instead of a glass measuring cup whisk brine in a bowl and ladle liquid into jars.

WHAT FOODS GO BEST WITH THESE TASTY PICKLED RED ONIONS?

  • Cheeseburgers
  • ​Air Fryer Sausage
  • Pizza
  • Greek Pasta Salad – feta cheese
  • Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

HOW LONG WILL PICKLED RED ONIONS KEEP?

​Tangy Pickled Red Onions will keep in the fridge for in a Mason jar or other airtight contianer 2-3 weeks.

Enjoy!

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

Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions - quick, easy sugar-free topper for all kinds of salads, grilled burgers and hot dogs, tacos -- even pizza! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories

Equipment

  • large mason jar or several small mason jars
  • mandoline OR very sharp knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large red onion peeled and very thily sliced
  • 1/4 cup hot tap water
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt can use kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh dill
  • 1 large Mason jar or a couple of smaller Mason jars

Instructions
 

  • Peel and slice the onion as thinly as possible using a very sharp knife or mandoline.
  • Separate the rings and set aside.
  • In a large glass measuring cup with pour spout (or medium bowl) whisk the hot tap water, red wine vinegar, sugar and salt together until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  • Add thin slices of the raw onions to the Mason jar. Note: use one large jar or a couple of smaller ones.
  • Pour the brine (pickling mixture) over the onions then divide the peppercorns between the jars.
  • Add a sprig of fresh dill to the top of each jar then gently press down on the onions with a fork to fully submerge them in the brine.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes but for best results let them marinate 8-12 hours before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
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6 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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! 🙂