Quick Rainbow Giardiniera (small batch)

making quick rainbow giardiniera vegetable pickle

My Quick Rainbow Giardiniera is a colorful riff on the classic Italian relish ~ my vibrant version makes use of some of the more unique veggies in the produce aisle. Enjoy these crunchy pickled vegetables as a healthy snack or side dish, use them in antipasto platters, salads, and pastas, too. Serve them with burgers, dogs, brats, sandwiches, you name it, giardiniera goes with just about everything.

Quick Pickled Rainbow Giardiniera ~ Pouring hot brine into a jar of colorful giardiniera

Giardiniera (Jar-dih-NAIR-ah) is an Italian relish made from assorted pickled vegetables from the garden, traditionally carrots, celery, peppers, and cauliflower. It usually has a little heat to it, either from fresh hot peppers or red pepper flakes. I love this recipe because you can make a quick giardiniera pickle out of whatever’s in the crisper drawer, or in your garden. The more colorful and random the assortment the better if you ask me!

In my giardiniera ~

  • purple and orange cauliflower
  • rainbow carrots
  • watermelon radishes
  • baby sweet peppers
  • rainbow chard stems
  • snap peas
  • jalapeño

Also try baby squash, jicama, asparagus, green or yellow beans, beets, etc.

a large jar of quick rainbow giardiniera pickled vegetables

Fit your veggies into a large canning jar, it’s kind of like a puzzle, fit them in as tightly as you can. Everything should be bite sized, or thereabouts. I will sometimes put small peppers in whole, stem and all.

A jar of quick pickled giardiniera

Your giardiniera will be ready to snack on in 24 hours, and the veggies will be super crisp. If you want to achieve the more traditional giardiniera texture you will cook the vegetables very briefly in the brine before filling the jar. The pickles will keep for a month or more in the refrigerator, just make sure the veggies are completely submerged in the brine.

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kitchen tool spotlight: large Weck canning jarsWeck jar.

I absolutely love these German manufactured glass canning jars…they come in all shapes and sizes and I use them for everything from homemade yogurt to pantry storage. The smaller sizes make the perfect jars for gifting homemade jams and jellies, etc.


Colorful vegetables packed into a canning jar for giardiniera
3 from 8 votes

Quick Rainbow Giardiniera

Author Sue Moran


  • cauliflower florets white, purple, or orange
  • rainbow carrot slices
  • watermelon radishes thinly sliced
  • sweet peppers cut in bite sized chunks
  • rainbow chard stems sliced lengthwise
  • snap peas
  • jalepeño peppers sliced


  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp pickling spices
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Fit your vegetables into a large mason jar, or jars. Fit them in as tightly as you can.
  • Heat the vinegar, water, and spices in a small saucepan just until it comes to a simmer. Let the mixture cool slightly, then pour over the vegetables, making sure to cover them completely with liquid.
  • Let cool to room temperature, then cap and refrigerate for 24 hours before enjoying. Will keep up to a month in the refrigerator as long as the vegetables are submerged in the brine.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Make it sweeter ~ add a tablespoon of sugar to the brine.
  • Make it mild ~ leave out the hot chilies.
  • Make it with olive oil ~ substitute olive oil for the water for a richer pickle.



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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 24, 2018 at 4:24 am

    I love picked vegetables. They’re so good on everything! These are beautiful and colorful and fun!

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    August 23, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Oh yes please. Your pickles look delightful. Love all the different colours and flavours, though I’ve no idea what watermelon radishes are.

    • Reply
      August 24, 2018 at 5:39 am

      Watermelon radishes are radishes about the size of small turnips, and they are the most amazing bright pink inside, with a green ‘rind’, so they look like watermelons when sliced.

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    August 23, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Gorgeous rainbow colours…and I am sure these pickles are very tasty.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 23, 2018 at 6:06 am

    So pretty and no doubt delicious! Love pickled vegetables 🙂

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