You've Gotta Be Kidding Onions Recipe -
You've Gotta Be Kidding Onions Recipe
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You've Gotta Be Kidding Onions

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"This recipe sounded too bizarre to be true, but once you try it, you're hooked! Serve with saltine crackers. It's a big hit at parties."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    1 day


  1. Slice onions as thinly as possible, and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together water, vinegar and sugar; pour over onions. Cover, and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Drain completely, then mix in mayonnaise and celery salt. Chill 2 to 3 hours. Serve with saltine crackers.
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  • Note
  • You must use Vidalia onions, or a very sweet onion like Walla Walla Sweets, Texas Sweets, or Maui onions.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 31, 2003

I ran across this recipe, and just had to try it as I love onions. The onions are sweet and mild and still have a nice crunch to them. Great with plain saltine crackers - make plenty as they go fast. My only suggestion would be to cut the onion rings in half as it is easier to put them on the crackers that way.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

HORRIBLE!!!!!!!! Too sweet and just plain bad. It tastes like something that a 5-year old would try to throw together. Don't even think about making this for a party. YUCK.


65 Ratings

Dec 26, 2003

This is incredible! I made this for a party and everyone went crazy over them, they were completely surprised. People who hated onions were eating this! I agree though, cut the onions up smaller, easier to put on the crackers.

Mar 10, 2003

YUM! These were so easy to make, and very unique. I didn't chill the additional 2 hours, and they came out just fine. I did cut the onions in half to make them fit better on the crackers. I used Carr Water Crackers. Several people asked me for the recipe, it was a great sucess!

Dec 26, 2003

I thought I would try this since my husband loves onions never thought it would have tasted this good!! I brought it out at a party I had and everyone was amazed how good it was~The only thing I did diffrent was to put the mixture in food processor to make it easier to put on the crackers~I leave it whole when want to add it cucumbers and tomatoes and use as a side dish that is how much we like this one!!

Nov 14, 2012

After draining and folding the onions into the mayonnaise, I added a heaping teaspoon of garlic powder and a good measure of fresh ground black pepper. OH MY GOODNESS, these are addictive! I swear, I could eat the whole bowl. NOTE: I used a reduced fat mayonnaise.

Jan 25, 2004

Sorry, but I thought this tasted just like cole slaw. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't great. My husband agreed that it tasted like cole slaw from KFC.

Dec 20, 2004

I was really skeptical that this would be any good but it was the perfect appetizer! It made a ton of onions too. I cut the onions into smaller pieces so they fit better. I served it with two different kinds of crackers and it does taste much better on a salty cracker as suggested. You do have to like onions to enjoy this recipe, and not mind onion breath afterwards!


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  • Calories
  • 245 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.9 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 10 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 427 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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