Quick Giardiniera


This quickly pickled, spicy Italian salad of mixed sliced vegetables is great for an antipasto platter, served with grilled meat or chopped up and put on a sandwich.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
5 cups


  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, divided

  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-size florets

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each crushed red pepper and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.

  2. Add cauliflower, celery, carrot and bell pepper. Reduce the heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid, then drain.

  3. Transfer the vegetables to a medium bowl. Stir in oil, pepper, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each crushed red pepper and salt and the reserved cooking liquid. Refrigerate for at least 25 minutes to chill. Stir and serve with a slotted spoon.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

61 Calories
4g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 61
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 1436IU 29%
Vitamin C 38mg 42%
Folate 35mcg 9%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 203mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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