top view of a plate of sliced onions, small cup of vinegar, small cup of red pepper flakes, and a measuring spoon

These pickled onions are the perfect topping for almost anything. You can put them on salads, tacos, falafels, avocado toast, sandwiches, the list goes on. They are perfectly sweet, crunchy, tangy and surprisingly so easy to make. In total it only takes about 30 minutes but for 25 of that the onions are soaking so very low effort.  

I also found out red onions have some crazy health benefits, but for me and many others are way too pungent to just eat on their own. The pickling process takes away the pungent flavor of raw onions while still leaving the cholesterol fighting benefits of regular onions.

Natural Source of Fiber and Prebiotics

Studies have shown that eating an onion a day can help raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol while also preventing clots. If you're indulging in a cholesterol heavy meal try adding some of these on top to help combat that.

Pickled onions are also a really great source of fiber and prebiotics. For those who don’t know, prebiotics are a type of fiber that the body is unable to break down so it serves as food to probiotics and is therefore very important to maintaining a healthy gut which is essential for weight loss and also important for general health and well being. 

Speaking of gut health, these also contain apple cider vinegar which has been known to aid in gut health because of its high count of probiotics. That paired with the prebiotics from the onions makes this the perfect combination! 

To start off this recipe cut one red onion into very thin slices. This will help the vinegar absorb faster. 


Pickled onions

Then separate all the onion rings from each other and pack into a pint sized mason jar. 

Sliced red onion in a glass bottle.

To make the vinegar mixture, place a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat and add in ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 teaspoons salt, and optional ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes.

Bring that up to a mild simmer and pour into the jar with the onions. Then close the lid and let it sit on the counter for about 20-30 minutes or until the onions turn hot pink. Then it's ready for serving!  

pickled onions in a glass bottle.


Easy Pickled Onions Recipe


  • 1 red onion 
  • ½ cup white vinegar 
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar 
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes 


  • Cut one red onion into very thin slices
  • Pack onion slices into a pint sized mason jar 
  • Place a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat and add vinegars, maple syrup, salt, and red pepper flakes
  • Bring that to a simmer 
  • Poor over onions and cover
  • Let that sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes or until onions are hot pink
  • Ready to serve!

In a nutshell

Bread toast with avocado and pickled red onions

These pickled onions are super delicious and easy to add over top of any meal and also easy to make! They are the perfect balance of prebiotics and probiotics to aid in gut health and are a great option if you are struggling with cholesterol.