What Can You Use Pickled Red Onions On?
So many things! This is one of those things that I didn’t realize had so many great uses until I really started to sit down and think about it!
- MEXICAN CUISINE– Obviously, these onions can be found on tons of different Tex Mex Dishes. From tacos, to burritos to nachos and everything in between from this Mexican Street Corn Salad to this Chicken Enchilada Suiza to these Fried Chicken Tacos!
- BURGERS– Yes, yes and yes! Put some of these Pickled Red Onions on any burger and watch the magic happen! Set up a burger bar for friends and family and I bet these will go quickly, even for those guests who don’t use them often!
- SALADS– Because so many salad dressings have vinegar on them anyways, the tanginess of these onions go so great! And they add a great texture to any salad! Try them on this Grilled Vegetable Salad!
- SANDWICHES– Super yummy flavors are waiting just about anything you want to put between two slices of bread! Try them on a Chipped Ham Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Chicken Parmesan Sliders or a Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich.
Ingredients For Pickled Red Onions
If you want that really pretty pink color, stick with Red Onions. But you can use White or Yellow Onions if you’d prefer. We used 3 Medium Sized Onions. You can use more smaller onions or less larger onions. The size of the onions will determine the size of the pickled onions you’d end up with.
We cut our Onions into half moons because we like the look of that. But some people like to keep their onions in a ring shape because they are easier to take out of the jar (or they like the look of the rings!). Either is fine.
You will want to cut your onions as fine as possible. Use a high quality chef’s knife or, even better, a mandoline.
Super easy, just peel them, cut them in half and throw them in on top of the onions to let them work their garlicky magic! They add extra level of flavor to work against the vinegar in the recipe. Since, we aren’t using sugar, you’ll need this garlic in here.
We used white vinegar for this recipe like most recipes call for. But you can try any sort of cider vinegar, rice or a red wine vinegar to mix things up a bit. This is one of the recipes that you can really experiment with and it’s really tough to mess it up!
SALT AND PEPPER
You can use our measurements or add or subtract as you see necessary for taste!
NOTES, TIPS AND VARIATIONS
- THICKER ONIONS- You CAN use thicker onions for this recipe. They will add a little more “crunch” to the texture. Although you may need to let them sit in the brine a little longer to get all the flavors absorbed.
- ADD PEPPERS– Add some kick to this recipe by throwing in some peppers into the jar and letting them spice things up a bit. From Jalapenos to Habaneros, add as much spice as you want!
- USE MICROWAVE– If needed, you can put the water, vinegar, salt and pepper into a microwave safe dish and heat them up in the microwave instead of using a stove top.
- HOW TO STORE PICKLED RED ONIONS– You will need to refrigerate these onions. Keep them in the mason jar and they should be good for up to a week. They may start losing their charm about 5 days in, but I doubt they will last that long anyways!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Sugar Free Pickled Red Onions! We’d love to hear how they turn out in the comments section! Don’t be shy, we’d love to hear from you!
Pickled Red Onions
- 3 red onions cut into thin halfmoon slices
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and cut in half
- ground black pepper
- 3 cups water
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 pint jars
- Divide onion slices into each of the three jars and pack them with onions.
- Top each jar with 2 garlic halves.
- Season the top of each jar with ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Add water, vinegar, salt and pepper into a skillet and heat over medium high heat until boiling. Let boil for 2 minutes before removing from heat.
- Carefully poor into each jar. Let stand to cool.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.