How to Make Quick Pickled Onions (no sugar, no boiling)

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Transform your meals from ordinary to extraordinary with these vibrant and tangy Quick Pickled Onions – ready in just 5 minutes!

Picture this: You’re about to enjoy a meal, and you’re looking for that perfect finishing touch, that magical ingredient that can take your dish from basic to brilliant.

Well, look no further than the hot pink wonder – Quick Pickled Onions! 

These little bursts of tangy goodness have the power to instantly transform any meal into a flavor-packed sensation. Tacos? Check. Salads? Absolutely. Avocado toast? You bet. These Quick Pickled Onions are a game-changer, and I’m about to spill the beans – or should I say, the onions – on how to make them in just 5 minutes, no added sugar, and with no need to boil those onions! 

a gold fork in a container with pink colored pickled onions

The secret to their amazing flavor lies in the combination of zesty citrus juices – orange, lemon, and lime – along with a dash of white wine vinegar and a hint of salt. This simple yet magical concoction strikes the perfect balance between tangy and sweet, enhancing the taste of your favorite dishes like you wouldn’t believe.

And let’s talk about that color! The natural vibrant pink hue of these pickled onions is an absolute show-stopper. It’s like adding a pop of colorful excitement to your plate, elevating both the visual appeal and taste of your creations. Think about it – these Quick Pickled Onions are not just an ingredient; they’re edible art!

Now, let’s get down to business – making these delectable Quick Pickled Onions is a breeze:

  1. Thinly slice your red onion using a mandolin, food processor, or good old knife skills.
  2. Transfer those beautiful onion ribbons into a jar, and pour in the vibrant trio of orange juice, lemon juice, and lime juice.
  3. Add a touch of white wine vinegar for that extra tangy kick, and don’t forget a pinch of salt to balance out the flavors.
  4. Shake it like you mean it – give that jar a good shake to ensure all the flavors mingle and dance together.
  5. Pop your creation into the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours (but overnight is even better!). Those flavors will mingle and intensify as they marinate.

The best part? These Quick Pickled Onions are a gift that keeps on giving!

Store them in an airtight container in your fridge, and they’ll stay ready to brighten up your meals for up to 4 weeks. That’s right – you’ll have a stash of tangy, vibrant goodness ready to sprinkle on whatever your heart desires.

So, the next time you’re whipping up tacos, preparing a fresh salad, or even enjoying a cozy bowl of curry, don’t forget to reach for your jar of Quick Pickled Onions. They’re the secret weapon that turns your ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary masterpieces. Trust me, once you start adding these zesty, pink jewels to your dishes, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Have you tried Quick Pickled Onions before? Tell me your favorite dishes to pair them with in the comments below! For more kitchen hacks visit Learn with Jackie, or follow me on instagram @jackfruitfulkitchen for more exciting recipes, and vibrant food inspiration!

Jackie Akerberg

Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa. 

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How to Make Quick Pickled Onions

What is YOUR favorite dish to add pickled onions to? IYKYK - A few hot pink tasty onions instantly take any meal from blah to WOW. The recipe below takes just 5 minutes to make, has no added sugar and you don’t have to boil the onions! (Can I get a hallelujah for that?!) They’re the perfect balance between tangy and sweet. Plus, the natural bright pink hue is a STUNNING addition to any dish. Think tacos, salads, curry, avocado toast, bagels, buddha bowls, and more! Enjoy xo
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Learn with Jackie, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to, learn with jackie, pickled onions, quick and easy
Yield: 1 jar


  • jar
  • mandolin, food processor or knife


  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Thinly slice your onion with a mandoline, food processor, or knife.
  • Transfer to a jar and add remaining ingredients.
  • Give it a good shake!
  • Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks!
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