Healthy Pickle Recipes

Find healthy, delicious pickle recipes including pickled vegetables, mushrooms and eggs, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Quick Pickled Beets

Rating: 4 stars
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For these easy pickled beets, you only need to let them marinate in the pickling mixture for about 30 minutes to get great flavor. Marinating them longer just enhances the taste. Try them in place of cucumber pickles as a condiment or as a vegetable side dish for roasted chicken or beef.

Slow-Cooker Brisket Sandwiches with Quick Pickles

Rating: 5 stars
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Make your BBQ or cookout easy with this slow-cooker beef brisket recipe. Rauchbier, a smoky German beer, gives this fork-tender brisket real pit-barbecue flavor, but you can use any beer that suits your taste, or even substitute beef broth, to achieve mouthwatering results. While the brisket is cooking, whip up the quick pickle recipe and stir together a garlic mayo to top off the sandwiches.

Pickled Garlic Cloves

Pickled garlic? You bet! This simple pickled garlic clove recipe is made by adding whole peeled garlic cloves to a flavorful brine. Use almost any type of clear vinegar--white, red or cider vinegar. Serve as part of an antipasti spread or chop and add to pasta salad, vinaigrettes or stir-fries. Use the freshest garlic you can find to make the best pickles.

Sweet Pickled Peppers

Rating: 5 stars
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Using sweet brine instead of sour tempers the heat of hot peppers in these sweet pickled peppers.

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Rating: 4.4 stars
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This Mexican-style pickled carrot recipe is great for topping tacos, tostadas and/or quesadillas or as a side to any South-of-the-border entrée. These spicy carrots are also delicious added to a bowl of soup or tossed with spring greens, feta cheese and just a drizzle of olive oil.

Quick Pickled Turnips

Rating: 4 stars
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Perk up your cheese plate or crudités platter with these crunchy, zesty pickled turnips or try them on a sandwich instead of cucumber pickles.

Pickled Beets

Tangy pickled beets are a summertime favorite. Try them as a garnish for a Greek salad or as part of a relish tray at your next summer barbecue.

Sweet Pickled Green Beans

We love dilly beans, but using a sweet brine and dried chile peppers gives pickled green beans a unique twist.

Mexican Pickled Tomatillos

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Chopped pickled tomatillos make a delicious garnish for tacos and quesadillas.

Pickled Eggs

These tangy hard-boiled eggs are a snap to make. Sliced in half, the fuchsia “white” surrounding the bright yellow yolk is dazzling. Wrap some egg slices and onions in a flatbread for an impromptu snack.

Pickled Turnips

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Pickled turnips are a popular Middle Eastern mezes. Adding a beet slice to each jar turns the turnips pink; you can omit this step if you like.

Spicy Green Tomato Pickles

Rating: 1 stars
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This green tomato pickle recipe combines the best of Jewish deli pickles and Southern-style pickles. Fermented for 4 to 10 days rather than brined in a vinegar solution, these delightfully sour pickles are worth the wait; they make a great snack, side or topping for burgers and sandwiches. Be sure to use firm green tomatoes without any blush of pink, as ripening tomatoes will turn mushy during fermentation.
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Recipes for Pickle-Lovers
Calling all pickle people! Whether you love pickles plain, oven-fried and crispy or piled high on a sandwich these salty, tangy, dill-licious recipes are sure to fulfill all your pickle cravings.
Quick Pickles
Rating: Unrated
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Here's a way to make better-than-store-bought pickles in under an hour. The secret is pouring the hot vinegar mixture over slices of cold, crisp cucumber. These pickles have the perfect balance of sour and sweet--though closer to a “bread and butter” taste, they still satisfy the vinegar-loving pickle crowd. In our humble opinion, there's no reason to ever buy another jar of pickles.

Roast Beef, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Wrap

Rating: 5 stars
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Quick-pickle some onions the night before to put a delicious twist on your healthy lunch wrap.