These No Cook Pickled Red Onions are the perfect condiment. Serve them on burgers, salads, sandwiches, tacos, or just eat them by the forkful! 10 minute prep!
These quick and easy pickled onions are the perfect condiment to brighten up any dish. Tangy, crunchy, and full of SO much flavor!
This recipe is made up of very simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: red onions along with a simple brine and a few seasonings.
- Salt and Red Onion – the salt helps draw moisture from the onion so it doesn’t become too soggy as it undergoes the pickling process.
- Red Wine Vinegar, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, and Sugar – make up a tangy, vinegary brine. The oil and sugar help to cut and balance out the strong tangy flavors of the vinegar and lime juice.
- Black Peppercorns, Dried Oregano, and Cumin Seeds – our seasoning blend! The peppercorns add a touch of heat, the oregano adds a fresh hearty flavor, and the cumin seeds add warmth.
- Bay Leaves – helps enhance other flavors and adds a touch of bitterness.
- Garlic – gives that subtle nutty flavor.
How to make
With only 10 minutes of hands-on time, this recipe is so easy!
- Combine salt and onion in a large mason jar or mixing bowl and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Pour in vinegar, lime juice, oil, sugar, peppercorns, oregano, cumin, bay leaves, and garlic then shake or stir to combine.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours then serve and enjoy!
How to slice the onion
To thinly slice the red onions you’ll either need a very sharp knife or a mandolin:
- Peel the red onion and slice it in half.
- Use a very sharp knife or mandolin to create thin slices of onion.
Whichever you use, you’re looking for the slices to be 1/4th inch thick, maximum! Too thick and the onion won’t have the desired texture.
- Make it spicy. Mix in some sliced jalapeño peppers or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
- Add more herbs. Pretty much anything will work. For example, if you’re going for more of an Italian flavor profile, mix in some Italian seasoning.
- Use a different vinegar. I love the warmer flavor of the red wine vinegar but you can also lighten it up with white vinegar or make it sweeter with apple cider vinegar.
- Use different onions. White onions will work as well but the flavor will be different.
What to serve with pickled red onions
- On a salad. Just mix them into any simple green salad or top them on this potato salad.
- In a bowl. Add a pop of flavor to any grain bowl or this breakfast burrito bowl.
- On a sandwich. Brighten up an egg salad sandwich or use them as a condiment on a black bean burger.
- In tacos. Serve them in chicken tacos, shrimp tacos, or vegan sweet potato tacos.
How to store
Store your pickled red onions in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 weeks!
Pickled Red Onions
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 cups thinly sliced red onion about 1 large onion
- 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 8 whole black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
- Combine salt and onion in large mason jar or mixing bowl.
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Pour in vinegar, lime juice, oil, sugar, peppercorns, oregano, cumin, bay leaves, and garlic.
- Shake or stir to combine.
- Cover and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.