Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad

July 31, 2014
Who knew a straight-up onion salad could be so good?  You'll be amazed at just how delicious this simple little Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad is!

Is it possible to be an onion addict?

Because I truly think my husband may have a problem ... when it comes to onions, that is.  He can {and will} take an onion and eat it like an apple.  No joke.  And I don't know anyone else who does that.

So that's why I made this Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad as a treat for him.  To feed ... literally ... his addiction.
See, this salad is just straight up onions and it's straight up his alley.  Seriously though, I love it, too!

You would think that being a straight-up onion salad, it would be harsh and strong ... but it's not.  Made with mild, sweet Vidalia onions, it's really tasty and not harsh at all.

Marinating the mild Vidalias make them even more mild and flavorful.

And making this salad is super easy.

Simply combine some vinegar, water, and sugar ...

... and whisk until the sugar dissolves.  {See?  ... sugar's all gone}

Then thinly slice a couple of Vidalia onions in circles, ...

... separate the circles into rings, and dunk those onion rings into the vinegar-sugar-water marinade.

Let the onions soak up that marinade for several hours.  It makes sweet, mild Vidalias even more sweet and mild!

When you're ready to enjoy this Vidalia deliciousness, drain the onions and mix them with just a tiny touch of mayonnaise and some celery seeds.

You'll be amazed at just how delicious this simple little straight-up onion salad is!  Even if you're not  an onion addict like my hubby.

Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad
Source:  A family friend

(Printable recipe)
  • 2 medium-sized Vidalia onions {or other sweet onion}
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 T. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  1. Thinly slice onions into rings and place in a medium-sized bowl. Combine sugar, vinegar, and water; whisk until sugar dissolves; pour over onions. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain onions. Stir in mayonnaise and celery seeds. Serve as-is or spooned over lettuce leaves.

Please enjoy these other delicious onion dishes from The Kitchen is My Playground (my onion-addict hubby Mark loves every single one of them!) ...

The Ultimate Marinated Vidalia & Tomato Sandwich

Hot Onion Souffle Dip

Creamed Pearl Onion Gratin

Baked Onions

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  1. Yum! I usually wouldn't go for something like this but it actually looks and sounds delicious! My husband loves onions too and he will also eat them just like an apple! Crazy. Isn't it?!?! I'll have to make this recipe for him for sure!

    1. If your husband eats onions like an apple like mine does, he'll LOVE this salad!

    2. Tracy, you just reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld. George loses his glasses and eats an onion thinking it's an apple LOL!

      That said, the salad looks DELICIOUS! I love onions! I drive my girlfriend crazy because I want raw onions on our pizza.

  2. This sounds great! I'm not an onion addict quite like your Hubs but I do love onions. I'm pinning this so I can try it soon...any tips on what to serve it with?

    1. It goes great alongside burgers, steaks, grilled pork tenderloin ... enjoy!

  3. My hand is RAISED! I LOVE Vadalia Onions and can also get them like an apple! However I don't! :) new follower here! Found you on The Sunday Showcase. Please follow me too if you'd like!

  4. My dad used to eat onions like apples also! While I don't eat them that way, I do LOVE onions. These recipes are added to my recipe file!

  5. What a great idea! I've got Vidalias on hand, but need to get some celery seed. I love onions in my salad so onion salad will be terrific. Thanks for the recipe! Visiting from Full Plate Thursdays. :-)


  6. This will be a great recipe to use with our garden onions, yum! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Such southern goodness! Love the story about Mark eating the onion:)

  8. Love your recipes....wrote down several that I want to make .....even the Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad looks and sound good.....and I will be making that too and then make a sandwich out of it.....I too love onions......great job


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