Quick Pickled Red Onions

Used far too often (in my opinion, anyway) as a garnish, topping or way to overpower a delicate tangle of mixed baby greens, raw onion has an acrid bite that’s tamed through a process called pickling. All you need to make pickled onions is a little acid, some salt and sugar, water, and a Mason jar. Drop slices of your onion of choice — red onion adds a gorgeous pop of color to any dish — into the salty-sweet brine and let sit for at least 10 minutes.

By the time you finish prepping the other ingredients in your main dish, you’ll have a tasty, low-calorie, low-sugar topping that pairs with just about any salad, sandwich, grain bowl or protein.

Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe

Quick Pickled Red Onions Recipe
5 from 1 vote

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Pickled onions are a low-calorie, low-sugar topping that goes nicely with just about any salad, sandwich, grain bowl or protein.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pickled red onions
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
Calories 11 kcal
Author Sabrina Tillman


  • 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups water


  1. Place onion in a 1-quart mason jar (or glass bowl with lid). Set aside.
  2. Combine vinegar, honey, salt, and water in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  3. Pour vinegar mixture over onion; cover.
  4. Let sit for at least 1 hour, but sitting overnight in the refrigerator is best. Drain onions before serving.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Quick Pickled Red Onions
Amount Per Serving (2 Tbsp.)
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Sodium 143mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.