Healthy Condiment Recipes

Find healthy, delicious condiment recipes including chutney and relish. Healthier recipes, 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.

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.

Sweet Pickled Green Beans

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

Tomato-Pepper Relish

The easiest, fastest way to boost a simple dish? Keep a jar of flavor-packed pickle on hand. A perfect combo of sweet and sour, this chunky tomato-pepper relish, aka "pea helper," dresses up a bowl of black-eyed peas, crowder peas, lima beans--any old legume you can think of. Hence the nickname! This makes the perfect hostess gift because it's unique and versatile. And let's face it, who doesn't want their beans to be more exciting?

Homemade Kimchi

If you are looking to start fermenting your own vegetables, the Korean dish kimchi is a great place to start. It's easy to make, and fermentation takes just a few days. Once you have kimchi on hand, serve this healthy dish along with any meal, as an ingredient in stir-fries, stews, savory pancakes and more, or as a condiment to liven up grain bowls, tacos, sandwiches--and the list goes on!

Fresh Fruit Chutney

Rating: 5 stars
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Chutney is a spicy-sweet-sour condiment made with fresh and dried fruit, sugar, vinegar and chiles. Try the combination of nectarines and dried cherries or blueberries and dried apricots or cherries and golden raisins. Serve alongside simple roasted meat or pan-seared tofu steaks.

Grape Chutney

With just a few minutes of preparation, you can make this gorgeous grape chutney recipe to serve with roast pork or chicken or to use as a sandwich spread. Purple grapes give it the richest color, but red grapes taste and look great too.

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.

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.

Strawberry Shrub

Rating: 5 stars
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Shrubs (vinegar-based syrups) add sweetness and tang to cocktails and mocktails. Splash some in ice-cold seltzer to make a mocktail or make a boozy beverage with vodka (see associated recipes).

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Cranberry Relish

Rating: 5 stars
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This ruby-red cranberry relish recipe gets refreshing crunch from apple and celery. It's also delightful alongside a roast chicken or pork loin.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Flavor-Packed Picnic Condiments
The cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen know the power of a delicious condiment—using just a little can add a lot of flavor to your meal for just a few calories or replace full-fat mayonnaise and cheese that can really pack unnecessary calories and fat. Plus, with homemade condiments because you know what's in your food (some processed foods have a long list of hard-to-decipher ingredients.) Pack more flavor into your next picnic with these delicious condiment recipes.
The Best Homemade Condiments from Your Garden
EatingWell's easy and delicious homemade condiments, from quick sriracha to rhubarb simple syrup, that'll help you get the most out of this year's garden. Want to take your summer grilling over-the-top? Make homemade ketchup using fresh tomatoes and serve with your favorite grilled meat.

Chicken Gyros

Rating: 5 stars
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Skip the takeout and make these easy, healthy gyros at home. Lean chicken breast is flavored with classic gyro seasonings and tucked into a whole-wheat pita with veggies and a cool tzatziki sauce. Look for tzatziki--Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce--near other prepared refrigerated dips like hummus and salsa.