Pickled Red Onions Recipe

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pickled red onions

When you’re in the mood to add a burst of vibrant flavor to your meal, nothing quite hits the spot like the tangy crunch of pickled red onions. These zesty delights have the power to elevate even the simplest dish from ordinary to extraordinary with just a sprinkle.

Pickling, a culinary technique that’s been around since ancient times, has been used as a method of preserving food for centuries. It’s a testament to our ancestors’ ingenuity in the kitchen, turning the necessity of food preservation into a gastronomic art form. The humble onion, so often relegated to the background as a mere seasoning, is transformed through pickling into a star ingredient in its own right.

The beauty of pickled onions lies not only in their distinctive taste but also in their versatility. From the vibrant street food stalls of Mexico, where they add a pop of color and flavor to tacos, to the aromatic kitchens of India, where they’re served as a tangy accompaniment to spicy curries, pickled onions have found their way into the heart of many cuisines around the world.

As we delve into our simple, yet delicious recipe for pickled red onions, you’ll discover how easy it is to bring this global culinary trend into your own kitchen. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you’ll be on your way to creating a condiment that’s as visually stunning as it is tasty.

Get ready to embark on a flavorful journey that will tantalize your taste buds and introduce a new level of complexity to your dishes. Stay tuned for an explosion of tangy, sweet and slightly spicy flavors that these pickled red onions promise. Let’s get pickling!

If you’re on a Nutrisystem weight loss plan, you can count each serving as one Extra. Be sure to log it in your NuMi app; Extras are limited to three per day so it’s important to keep track of them for the best results!

Looking for more healthy recipes featuring onions as the star ingredients? Try these delicious ideas:

Servings: 12

Calories per Serving: 28

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Extra


  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 peppercorns


  1. Thinly slice onions by hand or using a mandolin. Place in a mason jar along with the garlic cloves and peppercorns.
  2. Heat vinegar, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Let cool.
  3. Pour the vinegar mixture into the mason jar with the onions. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
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