Quickles

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!

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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!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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.

Notes

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.

Keywords: Pickled, cucumbers, onions

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.
80 Responses
  1. Tracy

    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.

  2. Mike Smith

    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..

  3. 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! 🙂

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Shawn Syphus 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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