Quick Pickle – Cucumbers and Onions

Quick Pickle - Cucumbers and Onions

Do you have a few cucumbers that are ready to be picked?  There is an alternative to canning which will make those cucumbers last a little longer – make quick pickles!

This is a recipe my Mom would make all summer long. It takes no heat and almost zero time, so you can fit these into your busiest day of the summer.

Quick Pickle - Cucumbers and Onions

Serve this as a side with a nice tofu salad or chickpea salad sandwich. It’s the perfect dinner for those days where you feel like your shoes are going to melt into the pavement. Nothing is hot, and you can chase it down with a nice glass of agave-sweetened ice tea.

You can vary the veggies and get adventurous with the fresh herbs in your garden. Just make sure to slice all the veggies you use in a batch about the same thickness. That way all of it will be ready at the same time.

Quick Pickle - Cucumbers and Onions

Quick Pickle - Cucumbers and Onions


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Serves: 6

This is a recipe my Mom would make all summer long. It’s a no hassle way to stay ahead of your cucumber plant. You aren’t actually canning just marinating in vingar so you can add other veggies, herbs, and even leave out the agave or salt if it matches your diet better!
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber (About ½ English cucmber or 2 small regular cukes)
  • ¼ to ½ cup thinly sliced onion (you can minced them if you prefer)
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons agave nectar, to taste
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, to taste
  1. Layer your veggies in a small pyrex dish or in a mason jar.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a measuring cup.
  3. Taste and adjust agave and salt to your taste.
You can also add in fresh dill, thyme, or other veggies. Let sit overnight if possible and enjoy as a side or on a salad.


Quick Pickle - Cucumbers and Onions


  1. says

    This is quite similar to the cukes and onions my mom makes to this day. A summer garden staple! I’ll try it next time with the agave instead of the sugar Mom added. She often added mustard seed to hers too.

    Love the Weck jar! That is a shape I haven’t found yet. I’ll be on the prowl for that one. Pretty on the table.

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