Pickled Spring Onions and Asparagus

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
2 quarts

Pucker your lips for this delightful mix of salty and sour pickled veggies.


  • 3 cups white-wine vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole coriander seeds

  • 6 strips (1 inch wide) fresh lemon zest

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Coarse salt

  • cup sugar

  • 4 bunches spring onions (red or white), trimmed to height of a 1-quart jar

  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, trimmed to height of a 1-quart jar


  1. Bring 3 3/4 cups water, the vinegar, coriander seeds, lemon zest, bay leaves, 2 tablespoons salt, and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add onions, and return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes.

  2. Divide asparagus between two 1-quart jars. Add onions, and divide liquid between jars. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 day and up to 1 month.

Cook's Notes

These pickled vegetables go great with cheese toasts. Simply cut a baguette into slices and sprinkle with grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese. Top with a few pieces of thinly sliced prosciutto, if desired, and a little more cheese, and then broil until cheese is melted. Cut asparagus and onions into bite-size pieces, and top the cheese toasts with the pickles.

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