Thursday, May 11, 2017

Giardiniera Salad | Spicy Italian Salad Pickle

Giardiniera Salad is that delightfully spicy pickle that can wake up even the dullest of all sandwiches!! Every self-respecting deli and sandwich shop carries some version of this pickle. It's flavor can vary from just salty and sour to flaming hot depending on the kind of chili peppers that are in it. Cauliflower, carrots, celery, olives, and gerkins all pack this mouth watering salad pickle with loads of tang and flavor.

Giardiniera then quite simply is an Italian relish of pickled vegetables, olives, and chilies, in salt, vinegar, and oil. Seasoning is optional with oregano, chili flakes, or Italian seasoning being the favorites! Its a wonderful and refreshing summer treat that is so easy to make that it is worth a try at home. My version is only a tad spicy but feel free to up the heat level to suit your taste buds. Enjoy the recipe below 👇

1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 cup celery diced
1 cup bell peppers, red, yellow, orange, green
1/2 cup jalapeno peppers, sliced
6 garlic cloves sliced
1 cup black olives, halved
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Italian herbs
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
4 tbsp salt
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable oil

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and salt. Mix until the salt is dissolved.
  2. Add the carrots, cauliflower, celery, bell peppers, garlic, and jalapeno peppers. Stir.
  3. Cover and set aside for 6-8 hours.
  4. Drain the mix of the salt water and sit in a large colander for about an hour.
  5. Place the salted vegetables in a bowl, Add olives and seasoning.
  6. Stir to mix. Spoon the vegetable-seasoning mix into 2 large or 4 small jars.
  7. Top with vinegar and oils equally divided between the jars.
  8. Sit the jars open for 6-8 hours.
  9. Cover and refrigerate.
  10. Enjoy with salad, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, hummus, or just plain!
Vegan, Nut Free, Gluten Free Recipe.

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