Pickled onions are onions that have been preserved in a solution typically made of vinegar, sugar, and salt. They offer several benefits and can be a tasty and versatile addition to a variety of dishes.
Pickled onions are a simple enhancement to veggie burgers and rice bowls. They make for a delicious and unique topping for tacos for Taco Tuesdays. This technique takes less than 30 minutes and is very versatile. This recipe works for a variety of veggies like jalapenos, radish, and shredded Brussels sprouts.
Here are some of the benefits of pickled onions:
- Flavor enhancement: Onions that have been soaked in a vinegar solution have a tangy and slightly sweet flavor that can enhance the taste of a wide range of dishes. They add a burst of acidity and crunch to salads, sandwiches, tacos, and more.
- Extended shelf life: The pickling process preserves the onions, allowing them to be stored for an extended period without refrigeration, typically for several months to a year.
- Versatility: Pickled onions are incredibly versatile and can be used in various recipes. They can be used as a topping, garnish, or ingredient in sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, wraps, and salads.
- Texture and crunch: Pickled veggies provide a satisfying crunch and a unique texture to dishes, adding a contrast to softer ingredients.
- Digestion aid: The vinegar in pickled onions can aid in digestion and may help alleviate indigestion or stomach discomfort for some individuals.
- Antioxidants: Onions are a good source of antioxidants, and some of these antioxidants may be preserved through the pickling process.
- Low in calories: Pickled onions are relatively low in calories, making them a healthy addition to your meals if you’re watching your calorie intake.
- Condiment replacement: Onions that have been pickled can serve as a healthier alternative to traditional condiments like ketchup and mayonnaise, which are often higher in calories and fat.
- Flavor variation: Pickled onions can be made with various flavorings such as herbs, spices, and even fruit juices, allowing you to experiment and create unique flavors.
- Homemade option: Making pickled veggies at home allows you to control the ingredients and adjust the flavor to your preference. You can also experiment with different types of onions.
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 large red onion, cut into thin rings
- Pour the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar into a large glass jar with a fitted tight lid.
- Add the onions to the vinegar mixture and secure the lid onto the jar.
- Shake the onions vigorously to ensure even distribution of the vinegar.
- Place the jar in the refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.