Pickles & Relishes

Hot Italian Giardiniera Recipe

Pickles & Relishes

Hot Italian Giardiniera Recipe

A spicy and flavorful crunch that adds a burst of flavor to countless dishes. From sandwiches and salads to charcuterie boards… you’ll want to have a jar on hand at all times.


2 Quart Jars (32oz) or 2 Liter Jars


20 Minutes, Overnight


½ small head cauliflower, cut into 3/4” pieces (about 340g or 3 ¼ cup)

3 celery ribs, sliced ½” thick (about 130g or ¾ cup)

3 carrots, cut into ¼” rounds or half moons (about 150g or 1 cup)

1 medium red bell pepper, diced into ½” pieces (about 175g or 1 ¼ cup)

4 Serrano peppers, thinly sliced (about 50g)*

1 cup diced sweet onion, (about 115g or ½ medium)

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (about 18g)

¼ cup, plus 2 Tbsp Kosher salt

1 cup pitted green olives, coarsely chopped (about 120g)

2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp celery seeds

½ tsp red chili flake

½ tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 bay leaves

3 cup white wine vinegar

Extra-Virgin olive oil for serving

*Note: If you prefer less heat you can cut down the quantity of Serrano peppers.



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Add all the vegetables to a large stainless steel or glass bowl. Sprinkle ¼ cup of salt over top and stir to combine. Pour over enough water to cover vegetables, stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.


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Add the vinegar along with 2 cups of water and the remaining 2 tablespoons of salt to a medium saucepot. Heat over medium and stir just until the salt is dissolved. Let brine cool to room temperature.

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Drain and rinse vegetables under cold running water. Add them back to the large mixing bowl and stir in the chopped olives, dried oregano and celery seeds.

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Place half of each of the remaining dried spices into both of the jars.

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Divide the vegetable mixture between the two jars, pressing gently to pack it down, filling to 1” from the rim.

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Pour the brine over top of the vegetables leaving ½” headspace. Add lids and secure to fingertip tightness.

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Let jars sit at room temperature for 3-5 hours before storing in the refrigerator. Allow the giardiniera to marinate in the refrigerator at least 3 days before eating.

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When serving, scoop out some of the vegetables to a bowl and stir in extra-virgin olive oil to taste. Giardiniera is a delicious on sandwiches, hot dogs or burgers, in a salad or as an appetizer alongside a cheese board.

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To guarantee the most delicious preserved foods, always begin with the best-quality produce at its peak of ripeness.