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Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions with Raw Honey

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions
Written by Cricket

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Pickled onions and honey? YES! One of the things that is always tough when it comes to getting all the best from honey is that it loses some of the beneficial qualities when it’s heated. So I’m on a mission to create honey recipes that use it in its raw, unheated form. 

This super delish Pickled Onion recipe uses RAW LOCAL HONEY, apple cider vinegar, and herbs and spices that all offer healthy benefits to your body.

sliced onions for pickled onions

You can use any kind of onion, but I absolutely love how pretty these red onions are. Their pink blush makes anything it is added to look special. Try curling them up and placing them on deviled eggs (my favorite). Garnish everything with them: potato salad, tacos, cottage cheese, enchiladas, sandwiches, and more.

Pickled Onion Dressing

Once you eat all the onions you can simply add oil to your vinegar as a beautiful salad dressing. For a creamier dressing, add a bit more vinegar, place it in the blender and slowly add 1/2 cup of oil as it blends. Turn off the blender as soon as the oil is gone. This emulsion keeps the oil and vinegar from separating. I like my dressing like this usually.

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions Made with Raw Honey

Enjoy honey unheated so you get all the benefits of it’s pure, raw goodness. Honey heals, nourishes, and fortifies our bodies. These pickles are good as a condiment for salads, tacos, or just eaten out of the jar. Use whatever peppers you like for your own level of heat.


  • 2-3 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 1/2 c Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced as thin as you like
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Herbs like Oregango, Basil, Dil, or Thyme Oregano goes well with tacos, and Dill is great for salads. Use what you like.
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes use according to spice preferrence.


  • Soak Onion slices in cold water for 10 minutes to mellow them if you like.
  • Heat water, vinegar, salt, herbs and spices on the stove until it comes to a boil. Cool to room temperature
  • Add raw honey to the vinegar solution and stir till dissolved. If you want it sweeter, add more honey.
  • Pack onions in a quart or pint jar until full
  • Pour the vinegar and honey mixture over the onions until the jar is full.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before use. Keep refrigerated when not in use.
Keyword apple cider vinegar, honey, onions, pickles, vegetarian

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Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.