Quick Pickled Onions


Quick pickled onions made from only five ingredients and made in only one hour! These are great for adding fun color and flavor to a wide variety of meals — especially salads.

I’m so excited to kick off a new series… #EBFbasics. There are so many basic recipes I want to include on the site but sometimes feel silly because they’re so simple. I decided to get over that fact and dive all-in to a series. You’ll have to let me know what you think about this! I feel like it’s these types of recipes that I’m always searching for/looking up so I hope I can be a resource for you!

Pickled red onions in a weck jar with a gold fork and full red onions in the background.

So let’s jump into #EBFbasics with quick pickled onions. I love all things pickled, but rarely play around with pickling things at home. I’ve done some quick pickled spicy cucumbers but nothing beyond that… until now. Pickled red onions are so flavorful (both sweet and tangy) and I love the pretty pink color.

It’s a great way to add flavor, texture and a fun pop of color to saladstacos, grain bowls, omelettes, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, egg salad… the list could go on!

Pickled red onions in a weck jar with a gold fork and full red onions in the background.

The name of this post doesn’t lie – they’re quick! You only have to “pickle” for about one hour before enjoying. I kept this recipe super simple with just vinegar, sugar, and salt but feel free to add more spices and seasonings to your liking (pepper, dill, garlic would all be delicious additions). I can see myself making these weekly just to have on hand.

Not all pickled onion recipes call for apple cider vinegar (ACV), but that’s what I prefer to use. If you’re new around here, you might not know my obsession with apple cider vinegar. ACV has a ton of great health benefits and works in a wide variety of recipes – everything from detox drinks to salad dressings and brussels sprouts.

Are you a pickle fan? What do I need to try next? Any suggestions for my new #EBFbasics series?

Quick Pickled Onions

5 from 3 votes
Quick pickled onions made from only five ingredients and made in only one hour! These are great for adding fun color and flavor to a wide variety of meals.
Hand holding a spoon in a glass dish of pickled onions.
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8


  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar, I used coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced


  • Add vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a bowl and whisk together until the sugar and salt have dissolved.
  • Place onion slices in a mason jar and pour vinegar mixture on top, making sure all onion slices are covered with liquid.
  • Let mixture sit at room temperature for 1 hour before covering and placing in the fridge. 
  • Store in the liquid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Use a fork or slotted spoon to remove the onions from the liquid before using.


Serving: 1/8 of recipe Calories: 9kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Sugar: 2g
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick pickled onions


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    1. Megan C.
      June 29, 2020 AT 10:17 am

      5 stars
      I made these as part of my Salad Every Day journey using Brittany’s book! This recipe was so simple and the flavor is spot on! If you love fresh onions but don’t want to chop them every day, this is your answer! They are always ready to go, and I put these on everything!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 8:13 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Megan! So glad you’re loving this recipe and the ebook. 🙂

    2. Nicole
      January 22, 2019 AT 4:57 pm

      What type of apple cider vinegar do you use?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 23, 2019 AT 9:40 am

        I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s raw and unfiltered.

    3. Julie
      November 21, 2018 AT 9:10 pm

      5 stars
      Hello lovely! I make this recipe for pickled onions all the time and just linked to it in my new blog post 🙂 I hope you don’t mind! I’ve loved you since teaching you a Pure Barre class at PB Lake Norman with Julie ? hope you’re well! You continue to inspire me! xx

    4. Diego Lopes
      July 3, 2018 AT 9:13 am

      5 stars
      I love pickeld onions with lettuce, simple yet delicious. Will try this recipe for sure!

    5. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      June 27, 2018 AT 10:36 am

      I think the quick/basic recipe ideas would be super helpful! I’ve never tried pickling my own vegetables before, but I love how approachable this is! 🙂

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