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!

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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


  • 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


  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.


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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. I love pickled onions, and I love pickles.. but some how some way I’ve never put them both in the same jar and pickled them at the same time! Why haven’t I done this? This is a great recipe, I can’t wait to try this at home. Thank you very much for sharing!

  6. thomas montalvo

    we have canned them for years,just wondering how long they stay for??,canning them the old way you have along time..

    1. Terry Mills

      You canned sliced cucumbers in white vinegar? I’ve wondered if I could can cucumbers the same way I cann skied jalapeños,… boil white vinegar pour into jar of sliced jalapeños and tighten lid . Just have so many cucumbers and I love them in white vinegar and I hate to give all of them away?

  7. dolores

    I try it ..now I have them on the fridge all the time I snack on it all day …I love vinegar …thank you for sharing

  8. Sharon R Morris

    You can add a teas of celery seed and a tsp of mustard seed and sugar or a sugar substitute to make bread and better pickles. I keep a jar in my refrigerator all summer for a go to snack.

    1. Katie

      No. Probiotoc takes about 4-6 weeks of “pickling” and if you use any vinegar it’s not natural so not very good for probiotic. Try to use just salt. Best probiotic is homemade sauerkraut – cabbage and salt, after about 4 weeks it’s amazing. Natural and packed with probiotics.

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  10. Linda

    This is one of My favorite pickle recipes
    We Southerners.have been eating this for years.

    Thank you so much for sharing recipe for those who haven’t tried them

    These Are Outstanding..Thank you Again.

  11. Jeff

    My mom use to make these, in a 1 gal. olive jar. She also put green peeper slices in the mix. She used white vinegar, and some water. She added a little sugar, and dill. really good!!

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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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