I used to think, "Why would anyone eat pickled red onions"?
I tasted pickled red onions for the first time at my son and daughter in law's house. Prior to the meal, I noticed red onion slices soaking in clear liquid in cute little glass bowls. Assuming it was water, I never gave it any thought until I bit into the first slice of red onion at the meal. Immediately, I knew there was something special about those onions, and I wasn't the only one who realized it. My sentiment echoed across the long table of diners who were also raving about the onions.
I had to ask, "what did you do to the onions?" "Oh," my daughter in law nonchalantly said, "We soaked them in white vinegar for a few hours."
Immediately, my husband expressed his dislike of white vinegar. Truthfully, I wasn't too excited about white vinegar either, but the red onion slices did take on a whole new dimension after bathing in the vinegar.
They tasted sensational! Soaking those red onions in vinegar took the smell and the bite out of the onion, and made them more flavorful and artistically more beautiful leaving them with hues of bright deep pink color. I am not sure if this recipe qualifies as actually "pickled" since it doesn't contain any salt , but I call it pickled just the same.
1 medium to large red onion, sliced thin
1 large container of white vinegar
Place slices on onion into a medium bowl. Cover the slices with vinegar and allow it to soak for at least 2 hours. Remove from vinegar and place in container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Step by Step with Pictures
|Slice the red onion thin|
|Place into bowl and cover with white vinegar|
|Allow to soak for about 2-3 hours|
|Remove from vinegar, drain, and serve|
To really understand a delicacy like pickled red onions, we have to understand that there are many variations to making pickled red onions. You can substitute vinegars: white, balsamic, apple cider. Some ethnic groups add a sugar, hot peppers or spices. Almost every ethnic group has its own variation of pickled red onions.
Germany- serves pickled onion with hot German potato salad
Russia- pickled herring with pickled red onion slices
India- as a condiment with daals
Use pickled onions like you would a pickle-. Use your imagination.
Layer in a sandwich
add to a tossed salad
chop in egg salad or potato salad
garnish atop black bean soup
serve with goat cheese, caramelized onions and gluten free crackers
eat as a topping on gluten free pizza
cover a vegetarian burger.
OH! There is more..why not slice a tomato, add a slice of mozzarella cheese, a piece of fresh basil, and a thick slice of pickled red onion. Eat on the side of scrambled eggs. The possibilities are endless.
Are onions good for you? You bet!
Lots of immune building antioxidants, quercitin, Vitamin C, chromium to balance blood sugar, fiber , manganese and molybdenum, Vitamin B-6, folate and potassium. 60 calories a cup.
How do you like to eat your pickled onions?