Pickled Red Onions in Apricot Brine

Pickled Red Onions on Mushroom Poblano Tacos – Healthy, Easy, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Condiment Recipe

Easy |  Servings: 5 |  Ready In: 15 minutes |  Yield: 3-4 cups

Tangy pickled red onions provide a healthy, fat-free kick for topping Lentil Tacos, Black Bean Burgers, or Red Quinoa Enchiladas.  This easy, healthy recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.  You can use different onion varieties like Vidalia, Tropea, and Walla Walla for your own twists.


How it’s Done:

To make Apricot Pickling Brine: Combine the apricots, vinegar, salt, and water in a microwave-safe container.
Microwave 1:30 – 2 minutes, until boiling.  When apricot mixture is done cooking in the microwave, the apricots will rehydrate and expand.  Pour the apricots mixture into a blender. Puree until smooth.

To prepare the Pickled Red Onions:  While the apricot mixture cooks, halve and peel the red onion. Keep the core.
Thinly slice the red onion on a mandolin (setting at 2-2.5). You can also use a sharp chef’s knife.
You want to slice as thin as possible, without the onion falling apart.
Place the red onion into the container used to heat the apricots. Pour the apricot “paste” on top.
Stir well to combine.
Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

Enjoy over Lentil Tacos, Southwestern Black Bean Burgers, or tossed over Kale Avocado SaladYield: 3-4 cups

Garden Veggie Burger with Pickled Onions and Roasted Ramp

Chef Katie’s Tips:

More Time, Better Flavor: The longer this sets, the better it gets. It’s great to make a big batch and use it for toppings for 7-10 days. 

No Sugar or Syrup: Unlike traditional pickling brine, this version doesn’t use refined sugar or syrup.  I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories that leave you hungry and undernourished.  This recipe uses dried apricots which add fiber and healthy nutrition.

Nutrition Fact

Amount Per Serving (1/8 recipe, about 1/4 cup)

Calories 15.72
Calories From Fat (2%) 0.38
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 0.05g <1%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids g
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids g
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 147.35mg 6%
  • Potassium 48.99mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrates 3.74g 1%
  • Fiber 0.54g 2%
  • Sugar 2.17g
  • Protein 0.3g <1%
  • Calcium 2.81mg <1%
  • Iron 3.47mg 19%
  • Vitamin A 146.41IU 3%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Napa Valley Naturals Organic Red Wine Vinegar, 12.7 oz
  • Kyocera Double Edged Mandolin Slicer, Red
  • Anna and Sarah Dried Turkish Apricots in Resealable Bag, 2 Lbs


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