Pickled Red Onions

It’s the perfect add-on to your sandwich, salad, burger or even pizza. There are plenty opportunities with a jar of these ‘Pickled Red Onions’ in your refrigerator.

Personally, I’m totally obsessed with all kinds of pickled veggies. I got to admit that the sweet and sour taste really does satisfy my taste buds. These pickled red onions are super easy and they’re definitely going to bring your sandwich to the next level.

This is the easiest recipe on how to make the most delicious pickled red onions, only requiring five minutes of your time and seven simple ingredients.

Pickled Red Onions



Yield 1 32 oz. jar


  • 1 1/4 cup vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar) 
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1-2 tbsp. mixed peppercorn
  • 2 to 3 medium red onions


  1. In a medium casserole, place vinegar, water, cane sugar, bay leaves, salt and peppercorn. Heat over medium heat and stir frequently until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the red onions, cut in half and slice as thinly as possible. Place in large jar afterwards (I used a 32 oz. jar). 
  3. Pour liquid into the jar and make sure that all onions are completely submerged. Seal the jar immediately and let cool in room temperature.
  4. Refrigerate overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours before serving.


Serving size: 1 (out of 15) 

Calories: 36        Fat: 0          Carbohydrates: 9.7          Sugar: 7.8          Fiber: 0.4        Protein: 0.3


Author: Helene Maj

I'm the plant-based recipe developer and creative soul behind the blog. I'm a hippie at heart, yoga-newbie and then I have a thing for tahini. I develop wholesome eating to nourish mind + body throughout the entire week.

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  • I love pickled red onions and your recipe looks amazing! Love that you used apple cider vinegar – I bet that gives the onions such lovely flavor!

    • Thank you so much. That truly means a lot to me. I have used apple cider vinegar for this recipe, ever since I tried it the first time. It brings the most lovely and rich flavor.