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

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