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Lemon Pickled Red Onions - a beautiful and delicious condiment that takes less than 5 minutes. Perfect for sandwiches, salads, pizzas...
Lemon Pickled Red Onions
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Lemon Pickled Red Onions - A beautiful and delicious condiment that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together. Perfect for sandwiches, salads, pizzas...everything!
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 12 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 medium red onions peeled and cut in ¼-inch dice*
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 thin slices of lemon halved
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Place a medium-size fine mesh colander in the sink.
  2. Heat 4 cups of water to boiling in the microwave on high power, about 5-6 minutes. Carefully add onions to the hot water. After 15 seconds, pour onions into the colander to drain.
  3. Transfer onion and lemon slices to a jar (or several jars) that will contain the onions. You want the onions to fill the jar(s) to the brim, but don’t pack them in.
  4. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt, in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Stir, then cook on high for three minutes. Remove from microwave, add fresh lemon juice and stir to make sure all of the sugar and salt is dissolved.
  5. Pour hot solution over the onions. Add enough water to bring liquid level to the top of the jar(s). Watch the beautiful color transformation begin to take place!! Color change will continue for the next 12 hours.
  6. Cover the jar and allow to cool for 30 minutes then refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before eating. This will allow flavors to meld. Onions will keep well in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Recipe Notes

*I use my Vidalia Chop Wizard to dice the onions in this recipe. It's a wonderful, time-saving tool for chopping onions, peppers, carrots, potatoes, turnips, squash, you name it!

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pickled Red Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.