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Pickled Pink Onions

Course: Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled onions, pink onions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
cooling time in the refrigerator: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey
You are going to love these pickled pink onions! Pink onions are a lovely bright pink and are super easy to make in minutes with thinly sliced red onions, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, and whole peppercorns. Let sit for at least 6 hours for the flavors to fully meld and you've got a delicious topping for salads, pizza, tacos, burgers, Buddha bowls, and more.
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  • 2 cups red onions sliced thinly
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns


  • Slice the onions very thinly and peel the garlic. Add the sliced onions to a clean one-quart mason jar or several smaller jars. If you are using more than two jars, Cut the garlic cloves accordingly.
  • Add the vinegars, water, sugar, and salt to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn down to med/low and simmer for five minutes.
  • Carefully pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions, covering them. The vinegar mixture should cover the onions. Add a little water to fully cover if necessary. Add the peppercorns and whole cloves of garlic and seal the jar. Place in the fridge for six hours.
  • Keep tightly covered for about three weeks.


The nutrition information may not be accurate because you won't consume all of the vinegar/sugar mixture.
You can reuse the pink pickling mixture for more onions, carrot sticks, sliced cucumbers, etc.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg