Pickled Red Onions

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Pickled red onions
Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 large red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced*
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1–2 tablespoons sweetener (such as maple syrup, honey, sugar, etc.)
  • Juice from 3 limes

A note about size: The above list makes a small mason jar worth of pickled onions; about a cup and a half. To make a large mason jar, say 5 or 6 cups, use these measurements: 

  • 2 or 3 large onions; slice 2 of them and put the slices in the jar. If there's room, add the third
  • 4 cups vinegar - use white vinegar. I used red wine vinegar and it looked orange - less than pretty, but really flavorful
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 or 3 Tbs salt - I use Kosher
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Add lime juice to taste - this size might take 6 limes

What to do with them...

  1. In a small saucepan, stir together the vinegar, water, salt and your desired amount of sweetener. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  2. Place the thinly-sliced onions in a mason jar or other type of glass container. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions, screw on the lid, and shake the onions briefly until they are evenly coated with the vinegar mixture.
  3. Marinate. Let the onions marinate for 30 minutes. (You may need to press the onions down with a spoon so that they are all submerged under the vinegar mixture.) After 30 minutes, add the lime juice and shake.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.