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A medley of pickled chopped vegetables, giardiniera is a versatile condiment that adds some zing to whatever it's added to! Great with sandwiches, frittatas, salads, and so much more, homemade giardiniera is so easy to make you'll never buy store bought again!
Prep Time20 minutes
salting time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3 quarts


Brine the vegetables

  • 4 cups cauliflower flourets chopped, (about 3/4 head of cauliflower)
  • 5 ribs celery diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 8 jalapeno peppers diced
  • 3 serrano chili peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives chopped
  • 1/4 cup salt

Finish the giardiniera

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds


  • Place the vegetables in a large bowl and mix with the salt. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours but prefereably overnight.
  • Rinse the vegetables in a colander and drain.
  • Place all of the vegetables into a large mixing bowl and combine with the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, celery seeds, oregano, and hot red pepper flakes.
  • Taste test and adjust salt and pepper if required. Place the giardiniera in clean jars and top with vinegar. Refrigerate for 2 days before serving so that flavors meld together. Enjoy!


  • Though you can brine the veggies for as little as 8 hours it is recommended to brined overnight or for 2 days.  Also, let the finished giardiniera sit in the fridge for 2-3 days before serving for optimal flavor.
  • Any type of vegetable can be used for this recipe.  If you like more cauliflower or pepper, feel free to make those adjustments.
  • For a mild giardiniera, simply omit the hot peppers and/or hot red pepper flakes.
  • Giardiniera can be saved in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 


Calories: 1309kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.6g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 137.3g | Saturated Fat: 19.6g | Sodium: 2443mg | Potassium: 941mg | Fiber: 7.8g | Sugar: 11.5g | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg