Easy Pickled Onions

You may find this hard to believe but this honey recipe for easy pickled onions takes less than 10 minutes and it can change an otherwise boring salad, or tasteless piece of fish, or ordinary chili into a really great meal. I keep these pickled onions on hand, they last for more than a week to use in a pinch when throwing together a meal. When you use red onion they get a beautiful shade of pink.

Easy Pickled Onions in the making

How to Make Pickled Onions

When you realize how effortless this recipe is to make, you will want to make them once a week and have them on-hand. I even get the little Cipollini onions when I can and pickle those for cocktail hour. When I tell you about this ingredient list, I will also share that it was hardly worth making a list, but I do this to make it easy for you!

  • Sweet onions or red onions
  • Honey
  • Warm Water
  • Vinegar (your favorite kind) I use ACV a lot

Making pickled onions is easy

All you have to do is slice onion as thin as you can. Mix honey and hot water add vinegar and stir well to combine. Place sliced onion in a non-reactive (glass) container that has a tight-fitting lid, and pour dressing over sliced onion. Top with lid and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Easy Pickled onions can be made ahead by up a week or so. If the marinate starts turning cloudy, discard the pickled onions.

Red Pickled Onions in a Bale Jar made with honey
Easy pickled onions by Waxing Kara

Expert tips on making our easy Pickled Onion Recipe

You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Call to your inner chef to come out and play with your veggies and change up this recipe. Here are some ideas

  • Add some of your favorite pickling spices like celery seed, allspice berries, whole garlic cloves
  • Experiment with different kinds of onions, red, yellow, or small pearl onions
  • Pair these onions on this kale salad, or with this sweet and spicy chili, or alongside these wings!
  • Consider some other veggies to the mix try beets, carrots or cauliflower

Did you know that onions are a high source of fiber and have other health benefits? Did you also know that we can thank the mighty honeybee for onions?

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Ideas on what to serve with pickled onions

I am a big fan of this kale salad, and I think it may be only because of the pickled onions. They almost help you forget how strong and over-powering kale can sometimes be.

This kale salad eats like a meal. You will be surprised at how satisfying this simple salad is.

Kale Salad

I first had a version of this kale salad at the Ranch at Live Oak. This salad is a delicious meal that only takes a short time to pull together and you can make it the night before and it will stay crisp and fresh for more than 24 hours.

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Do you know how sometimes fish can taste a little bland, dull and be a little uninteresting? This fish dish is made better with some pickled onions on top.

A fish dish preparation that's easy to make and delicious.

Fish Dish

This recipe is all about what appeals to you. If you prefer a white flakey fish to a firm meaty fish choose snapper over trout, treat yourself!

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If you decide to make these easy pickled onions with honey or any variation that we’ve suggested or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Red Pickled Onions in a Bale Jar made with honey for easy pickled onion recipe

Easy Pickled Onions

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickled onion
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 143kcal
This recipe will turn any salad, burger or piece of fish into a work of art in no time!

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Ingredients

  • 1 large onion red or sweet, sliced
  • 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/2 c water hot
  • 1/2 c vinegar white balsamic

Instructions

  • Slice onion as thin as you can. 
  • Mix honey and hot water add vinegar and stir well to combine
  • Place sliced onion in a non-reactive (glass) container that has a tight-fitting lid, and pour dressing over sliced onion.
  • Top with lid and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Easy Pickled onions can be made ahead by up to a week if kept in an air-tight glass container in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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kara

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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  1. Seriously good and super-easy.

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