sweet cucumber and red onion pickle


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Sweet cucumber and red onion pickle

This sweet cucumber and red onion pickle recipe is quick and easy to make and you can eat it the same day, just leave it for the flavours to mingle for a few hours, but it also lasts several weeks in a sealed jar in the fridge. The red from the onion will bleed into the vinegar after a few days which makes it look even more impressive though it doesn’t change the flavour much. Great for this time of year when you have cucumbers coming out of your ears – literally!


Ok well not literally then. This one of those times when it is worth getting the slicing gadget out of the cupboard to add to your food processor if you are not so good thinly and evenly slicing with a very sharp knife. Have a couple of smallish sterilised preserve jars ready.

Sweet cucumber and red onion pickle


sweet cucumber and red onion pickle
Yields 2
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 1 kg cucumber
  2. 3 red onions
  3. fresh dill or fennel, to taste
  4. 250g white sugar
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 200ml vinegar, cider or white wine
  1. peel the cucumber and slice thinly, cut the onions in half and slice thinly, make sure onion rings all fall apart. Toss them together with the chopped dill or fennel. mix the rest of the ingredients in a jug and pour over. pack the pickle in the jars and turn them over a couple of times to make sure it is all mixed up. turn the jars again over the next few hours.
  1. This is a delicious pickle to serve with pecorino cheese, salami and good crusty bread for a perfect spring or summer lunch.
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