A refreshing and crunchy pickled cabbage salad made with zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and red bell pepper. The vegetables are pickled in a simple pickle juice and the salad is ready overnight! It’s a great dish to enjoy for lunch, or serve it as a side dish for dinner. Try this pickled veggie salad with spicy peppers, yellow zucchini, and even tomatoes! It keep well in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.
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The Best Veggies for a Pickled Salad
Like any good salad recipe, this pickled cabbage salad tastes best with the best, farm-fresh ingredients! If you have a summer garden, this salad should be right up your alley! I recommend using a variety of firm vegetables, such as carrots, radishes (watermelon radish, too!), zucchini, cabbage, celery and mushrooms. Tomatoes and cucumbers would also work but make sure to go with tomatoes that are less ripe; same for cucumbers.
Easy Pickling Juice
To get the vegetables perfectly pickled, I use a simple pickling recipe that requires just 5 ingredients: water, sugar, oil, salt and vinegar. The amount of sugar can be adjusted to as low as 2 tablespoons. The original salad recipe can a bit on the sweet side for some people. I also like to add tons of garlic and pepper corns! The garlic and pepper both add a spicy and zesty kick to the pickled vegetables!
Storing the Pickled Salad
Once you have the salad assembled in glass jars, allow it to cool on your kitchen counter completely; this could take several hours. This will allow the warm pickle juice to soften the vegetables. Cover and refrigerate the salad. It will stand well in the fridge for a good two weeks. Do not use metal pots or containers, unless stainless-steel! The acid in the pickle juice will strip certain metals, resulting in a metal aftertaste.
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Pickled Cabbage Salad (video)
- 1 large cabbage
- 1 to 2 red bell peppers
- 2 celery sticks
- 1 to 2 zucchini
- 8 to 10 white mushrooms
- 2 large carrots
- 2 tbsp fresh dill
- 6 garlic clove, sliced
- 1 tablespoon whole black pepper
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup salt
- Prepare the vegetables first. Peel away the first layer of leaves off the cabbage, cut and discard the center core and any hard, fibrous leaves. Cut the cabbage into 1-inch pieces. Peel and slice the carrots; chop celery, peppers and zucchini; quarter the mushrooms.
- Clean 3 to 4 mason jars with hot water and soap and find fitting lids. Drop about 10 whole peppercorns, 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh dill and 2 sliced garlic cloves into each jar. Layer the vegetables alternating with cabbage, packing the vegetables tightly into the jars.
- Prepare the pickling juice. In a large pot, combine the water, cider vinegar, oil, sugar and salt. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove from heat. Use a ladle to pour the hot pickling juice over the vegetables, filling the jars to the brim. Cover each jar with a lid, then set the salad into the refrigerator. Allow the salad to pickle for at least 6 to 8 hours, or best if left overnight. Salad will keep well for 1 to 2 weeks.