Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!

Simple fresh things like pickled cucumbers and onions are what I want to eat when the weather gets warm! This fun recipe comes with a lot of variations so that you can make easy pickled cucumbers with what you have on hand all summer long; it’s so versatile. You can change up the kinds of veggies you add in with the cucumbers and onions, you can change how you chop things (which will make it more like a slaw or pickles), and you can change the herbs that go into them. This is one of those “perfect for summer” recipes because you can use what you have growing in the garden or what is in season at the farmers market and fine tune it all to your preferences. Nothing sad about that!

I have a thing for pickles if you haven’t noticed. My grandma’s refrigerator pickles are one of my all-time favorite cucumber recipes, and I make them all summer long. I’ve also ventured out lately and made spicy homemade pickles and some really simple dilly cucumbers in vinegar (all of these recipes are for fridge pickles that you just eat, not the canning kind of pickle recipe). They are so fun to have on hand and keep in the fridge for anytime a pickle craving hits. And because you don’t have to can or bottle them, they are super easy to make, eat, and keep! Plus they are delicious on all things sandwich, burger, or pulled pork, plus they go great on cheese and snack boards or as a side dish. Once you start making simple homemade pickles, you won’t go back. So fresh and crunchy and delicious!

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!

Tips and Tricks for Making Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions:

  • Sometimes if I have little new onions in the garden, I’ll use them in place of the red onion in this recipe (slice up the little bulb and all the way up the green stem). So fun to use lots of garden produce at once!
  • If you cut the cucumbers into matchsticks and use shredded carrots and radish, it’s a bit like a slaw. Great on sandwiches and thrown in salads. If you slice everything, it’ll eat more like traditional pickles.
  • Use one tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves in place of the dried if you have them. You can use just about any fresh or dried herb that you have in this recipe – use what you like! Dill, thyme, and basil are all delicious.
  • I love this recipe with slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches. It’s also great on my famous hummus and vegetable sandwiches or as an addition to my favorite hummus snack board. Pickles go with so many things when you think about it!

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!

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Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Description

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/3 English cucumber (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded radish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar and water to a boil. Add the chives, garlic, sea salt, oregano, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves and remove from heat.
  2. Place the veggies in a bowl or jar with lid and slowly pour the hot vinegar mixture over the veggies. For a crisper, more al dente feel, let the liquid cool a bit before adding it to the jar.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, then cover and place in the fridge. Enjoy the same day for a crisper, slaw-like texture and bite, or allow to sit for several days for softer, more deeply-flavored veggies.

Notes

  • If you wish to exclude carrots and radish, use 2/3 English cucumber and 1 cup red onion instead.

Other quick pickle recipes that I love:

So many pickles to choose from. I can’t wait for you to make some of these. Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!
Quick pickled cucumbers and onions made with optional carrots and radishes make the perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and more!
1 Response
  1. deb c

    Perfect timing! The nephews will be here in two days and they are pickle crazy! I love your g’ma’s refrigerator pickles too! Thanks!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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