Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad

June 22, 2020
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!  It's a fabulous way to enjoy those tasty sweet onions.
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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 this Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad that's truly just straight up onions is absolutely straight up his alley.  But even as a non-onion addict, I love it, too.

You'll be amazed at just how delicious this simple little Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad is!  It's a fabulous way to enjoy those tasty sweet onions.

You would think that being a straight-up onions, this salad would be harsh and strong -- but it's not.  Made with mild, sweet Vidalia onions, it's super tasty and not harsh at all.  Marinating the already-mild Vidalias makes them even milder in flavor.

If you're not familiar with them, Vidalia onions are a variety of sweet onions grown only in a specific area of the state of Georgia.  It's said the lower sulfur level in Georgia's soil where the onions are grown is what produced the milder, sweeter onions that came to be known as Vidalias.

That being said, other varieties of sweet onions such as Walla Walla or Texas Spring can absolutely be used instead of Vidalias in this salad.  

I do not recommend using regular yellow or other non-sweet onion varieties, however, due to their more pungent onion flavor.  Their taste would be a little overwhelming in this simple dish.

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Vidalia onions are the star and sole attraction in this very simple salad, and marinating the mild Vidalias makes them even more mild and flavorful than they already are.

And as a bonus?  This salad is ridiculously easy to make.

Start by making the marinade.  Simply combine some vinegar, water, and sugar together.

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Then whisk the mixture until the sugar completely dissolves.

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Then, thinly slice a couple of Vidalia onions into rounds.

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Separate the rounds into rings, and cover those onion rings with the vinegar-sugar marinade.

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The onions should be fully submerged in the marinade.  If they're not, mix up a little more marinade to cover the onions completely.  Sometimes if the Vidalia onions are on the large side, it takes a little extra marinade to accommodate them.

Let the onions soak up that marinade for at least three hours, and more if you can.  I let the Vidalias marinate overnight. -- It makes those sweet, mild Vidalias even more sweet and mild!

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

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Serve the onions up just as they are, or spoon individual servings over lettuce leaves.

And that's all there is to it to whip up a tasty batch of this Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad.  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.

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Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad

Marinated Vidalia Onion Salad

Who knew a straight-up onion salad could be so good? You'll be amazed at just how delicious this simple little Marinated Vidalia Salad is!  It's a fabulous way to enjoy those tasty sweet onions.
Prep time: 3 H & 15 MCook time: Total time: 3 H & 15 M

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Thinly slice onions into rings and place in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, vinegar, and water; whisk until sugar dissolves; pour over onions.  The onions should be submerged in marinade; if they're not, mix up a little more marinade to cover the onions completely.
  3. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Drain onions. Stir in mayonnaise and celery seeds
  5. Serve as-is or spooned over lettuce leaves.
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Baked Onions

Creamed Pearl Onion Gratin

Hot Onion Souffle Dip


The Ultimate Marinated Vidalia & Tomato Sandwich


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11 comments

  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!

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

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    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.

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  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?

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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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. :-)

    Shirley

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  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

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

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  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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