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Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables

Homemade Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables – Bold and tangy Giardiniera is an easy refrigerator pickles recipe that combines fresh veggies with zesty spices and vinegar. Enjoy with snacks, sandwiches, and as a side with your favorite main dishes!

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As far as pickled veggies go, nothing beats a good Giardiniera.

You might be asking yourself: Um, ok but what is Giardiniera?

Originally created as an Italian pickled vegetables dish, Giardiniera is any combination of fresh veggies and flavorful brine. It is typically very tangy, terrifically sour and salty, with a bit of crunch, and lots of bold spices.

Your favorite muffuletta sandwiches – a scrumptious Italian/New Orleans hybrid of deli meats and cheese on thick bread – are more than likely made with a nice helping of minced Giardiniera.

We have a couple of muffuletta recipes on ASP that use store-bought Giardiniera mix. However, it undeniably tastes best when made from scratch.

It is so easy to make up a large batch of these Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables, there’s no reason not to make your own to have on hand as the perfectly salty and zesty kick to your favorite dishes!

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Easy Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables Recipe

Made with fresh seasonal produce, this Giardiniera refrigerator pickles recipe is a great way to use up your abundance of summer garden veggies and farmers market finds.

We include Serrano peppers for a flavorful kick that is still mild and lets the garlic and spices really shine. Together in a white vinegar brine, the mixture creates utterly fabulous pickled vegetables to serve on charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches and with grilled meat.

Our simple recipe for the Best Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables takes up two days total, and creates a blend that keeps well in the fridge for weeks.

However, you can definitely make this recipe using a quicker canning method. You will need to blanch the fresh produce in salty water before adding to the jars. Then, use a classic canning method of boiling the jars for 10 minutes to seal. The jars of Giardiniera will still need to sit overnight to cool to room temperature and properly seal before you can enjoy.

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What Ingredients You Need

We use summer produce to create this easy Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables recipe, but feel free to use whatever veggies you like.

I’d love to hear in the comments what combinations of vegetables you like best!

Here are the ingredients for traditional Homemade Giardiniera:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green olives
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Serrano chilis
  • Spices – dried oregano, celery seeds, fennel seeds, yellow mustard seeds
  • For the Brine – water, white vinegar, salt, sugar
olive oil, garlic, spices

How to Make Homemade Giardiniera

I highly recommend that you do all of the prep work at once before starting the rest of this refrigerator pickles recipe. It’s a big time saver!

First, chop all of the fresh produce into small bite sized pieces. Cut the Serrano chiles in half and drain the green olives.

Set out 4 pint jars. To each jar add the olive oil, smashed garlic clove, bay leaf, Serrano pepper, oregano, celery seeds, fennel seeds, and mustard seeds.

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Divide the cauliflower, sliced carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and olives evenly between the four jars. Don’t be afraid to fill them to the very top.

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Next, make the brine: Set a medium sauce pot over high heat. Add the water, vinegar, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil and stir well. Carefully pour the boiling brine into each jar so that they are not quite full.

Use caution when handling the jars while the water is hot!

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Allow the pickled vegetables to cool at room temperature for at least an hour. Then cover tightly with a lid, shake, and refrigerate for 36-48 hours before serving.

If you find the pickled vegetables a bit too salty after 48 hours, just pour off one-third of the brine water and refill with fresh water before sealing and placing back in the refrigerator.

Enjoy within four weeks for the best freshest Giardiniera. However, this recipe will last three to four months in the fridge.

Get the Complete (Printable) Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables Recipe Below. Enjoy!

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Ways to Enjoy Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables

This mix is classic for enjoying finely diced on sandwiches, like a New Orleans Muffuletta or your favorite Italian sub.

You can also use this blend to make our crowd-pleasing Muffuletta Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe, or zesty and filling Muffuletta Stuffed Chicken Breasts.

Homemade Giardiniera is a fantastic addition to any charcuterie board or antipasto platter! Serve with a variety of soft and hard cheeses, dried and cured meats, crusty bread, crackers, and spreads for an easy yet impressive appetizer.

Or just enjoy this tangy mix as a cool, refreshing side dish with your summer dinners!

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Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Brine Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 25 minutes
Homemade Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables – Bold and tangy Giardiniera is an easy refrigerator pickles recipe that combines fresh veggies with zesty spices and vinegar. Enjoy with snacks, sandwiches, and as a side with your favorite main dishes!
Servings: 24 servings

Ingredients

For the Brine

Instructions

  • Prep work: Chop all the fresh produce into small bite pieces. Cut the serrano chiles in half. Drain the green olives. Set out 4 pint jars.
  • To each jar add: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 smashed garlic clove, 1 bay leaf, ½ – 1 serrano pepper, ½ teaspoon oregano, ¼ teaspoon celery seeds, ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds.
  • Divide the cauliflower, sliced carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and olives between the four jars. Fill them to the top.
  • Set a medium saucepot over high heat. Add the water, vinegar, salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Stir well, then carefully pour the boiling brine into each jar.
  • Allow the pickled vegetables to cool at room temperature. Then cover with a lid, shake, and refrigerate for 36-48 hours before serving.

Notes

You can keep the Giardiniera in the refrigerator for up to four months.
If you plan to “can” the Giardiniera, you will need to blanch the fresh produce in salty water before adding to the jars. Then the use classic canning method of boiling the jars for 10 minutes to seal.
If you find the pickled vegetables too salty after 48 hours, you can pour one-third of the brine water off the top and fill with fresh water before placing back in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.33cup, Calories: 48kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 682mg, Potassium: 70mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1686IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian

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11 comments on “Giardiniera Pickled Vegetables”

  1. This recipe looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to explore the different options when it comes to pickling. I can’t wait to try. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I made this recipe for the first time, it was excellent! Thank you so much for providing a lower salt, homemade version of this. I will be giving this out as Christmas gifts this year. I will definitely be making this again! 

  3. This looks so yummy! I can’t have any added sugar (other than what is naturally in the veggies). Can you leave out the sugar, or substitute a bit of Splenda or agave?

  4. Could I leave out the fennel seeds on this? not really a fan of fennel, but recognize that sometimes the mixing of one herb with another can mellow another or jointly give another taste. Thanks!

    • Hi Ruben,

      Sure thing! The fennel does add a touch of sweetness to the mix. However, if you feel it’s missing that, without the fennel, you can add tiny bit of sugar to the mix.

  5. This is the perfect summer side for my dinner tonight! 

  6. This recipe and process is excellent and realistic.

  7. I had no idea this was so easy to make! Thanks for the easy instructions!

  8. I used this recipe on your homemade muffuleta and it was fantastic. I’ll never go back to store bought I am spoiled now lol!

  9. This looks so delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to give this a try!