What are Quickles?

Quickles are yet another family recipe made by my sweet Aunt Nancy.

Ok, she doesn’t call them quickles. I made that up… quick + pickles = quickles! She refers to them as Vinegar Cucumbers and Onions. This recipe is so simple and easy to make, low in calories, and super addictive. She claims these as her “summer snacking staple.”

Quickles! It's a quick pickle of sliced cucumbers and sweet onions. So addictive and a fresh (low calorie) snack!


I remember walking into my Aunt’s house as a child and going straight to her pantry. She always carried the BEST snacks and treats. She almost always had a bag of peanut M&M’s stashed way up high and would give my sister, brother and I a few if we were good.

But one of my favorite snacks was waiting patiently inside of her fridge. On the top shelf was a clear tupperware with a white snap on lid. The light from the fridge would shine through the clear dish full of sliced cucumbers and onions swimming in a golden bath of apple cider vinegar. Little flecks of black pepper would linger throughout the cucumbers and occasionally sink to the bottom.

Quickles! It's a quick pickle of sliced cucumbers and sweet onions. So addictive and a fresh (low calorie) snack!

A quick stir would bring the black pepper specks to life just like a snow globe.

I lurved sticking my fingers in the cold vinegar and pulling out slices of cucumbers to munch on. Looking back, that probably wasn’t the most sanitary thing to do (yet my Aunt let me happily eat away).

Quickles! It's a quick pickle of sliced cucumbers and sweet onions. So addictive and a fresh (low calorie) snack!

These cucumbers are a tasty treat. You really have to love vinegar though, because that first bite can be pretty strong. But trust me, you’ll be going back for more and more. It’s like that bag of salt and vinegar chips… so good!

I’ve had so much fun sharing some of my favorite family recipes this week. If you missed the Shrimp Pasta Salad or Monkey Meat, be sure to check those out too!

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Quickles (Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Onions)

Quickles are also known as Vinegar Cucumbers and Onions and they are a delicious summer snack!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 41 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, ,thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water, or more if desired
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper, a couple turns


  • Place your cucumbers and onions in a tupperware or large jar and fill with the vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.
My grandmother adds a little sugar to the mixture to sweeten it just a bit, but that's optional!
You can increase the recipe, but keep the liquid ratio 3 parts vinegar : 1 part water.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 54IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: cucumbers, onions, Pickled
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
85 Responses
  1. Gabrielle Falk

    I notice that your picture shows you putting the pickles into a glass jar, with a ‘tin’ lid. Wouldn’t the vinegar react with the lid? Also; did you steralise the glass jar? Is it better to put the pickles into a plastic container (Tupperware etc.), or a glass jar – need to steralise. TKU, from Sydney, Australia

    1. The lids with these mason jars have a coating on the underside so vinegar does not react to them. You should always use clean jars, but no need to “sterilize” these ones in boiling water as this is just a quick pickling and not a shelf stable recipe. Tupperware would also work just fine for this. 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. Shannon

    My grandma made these with lemon cucumbers, red onions and red wine vinegar. I love them and miss them. Now I need to grow some lemon cucumbers!

  3. Tracy

    5 stars
    My boyfriend loved these. My question is have you tried this with other vegetables other than cucumbers. I was thinking of carrots and was wondering if they should be cooked first.

    1. I’ve never tried this with carrots, but I’m thinking that would be good! I would use sliced carrots and I don’t think you would need to cook them first.

  4. Mike Smith

    5 stars
    I remember my Grandmother and my mother making this now I do .Love it. It is delicious on cream cheese sandwiches. They also made their own cream cheese..

  5. Katie

    Are these more like sweet pickles? Or dill? I only love dill! But if they’re more vinegary I might like it. Just as long as they aren’t “sweet pickles” thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Karen

    My mom would always soak the cucumbers in salt water all morning before putting the vinegar on them. Took a little of the bite out of the cucumber.

  7. Melissa

    These remind me of a marinated cucumber salad that I learned from my grandmother. It’s super good as a side dish with dinner on a hot summer day.

    1. Carolyn Dillard

      Please text if you have A Sweet Recipe like this one..Thanks..Going to make the Ones you gave here tomorrow..thanks again‍♀️

  8. Renee

    Too much vinegar for our liking. Didn’t enjoy. Won’t make again. Though I see a lot of people like them. To each their own. We found another recipe that works better for us. It was worth a try. You never know until you try. Thanks for posting!

  9. Chris Jensen

    We always called these pioneer pickles, because my pioneer great-grandmother made these and passed down a love for these to her family. Can’t wait for fresh cucumbers. I also use the small cukes found in the grocery store, wash well and slice into the vinegar mix.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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