Grilled Sausages with Pickled Onions

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Photo: Melanie Acevedo
Recipe from Real Simple

Tangy pickled onions make a great companion dish for sausages that are cooked on the grill.


  • 4 large red onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • Grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 6 12-ounce packages cooked sausages (pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and/or vegetarian)
  • Assorted mustards


  1. Drop the onions into lightly salted boiling water for 1 minute; drain. Place the onions in a bowl with the pepper, cumin, garlic, salt, vinegar, and orange zest; add just enough water to cover. Refrigerate until the onions are bright pink, about 3 hours. Drain before serving.
  2. Note: The sausages can be grilled or broiled earlier on the day of the party. Slice them into bite-size pieces (which makes knives unnecessary) and reheat them in foil in the oven before serving with the onions and an assortment of gutsy, grainy mustards.
Kay Chun and Jane Kirby,
December 2002

Nutritional Information

  • Calcium: 24mg
  • Calories: 190
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Carbohydrate: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 38mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Protein: 11mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 595mg