Grandma's Sweet Carrot Relish


A sweet carrot relish, this is my fave on a toasted bagel or croissant with warm Montreal smoked meat.

top-down view of a jar of orange carrot, cabbage, and cucumber relish on a white marble countertop with a bunch of raw carrots in the background
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 40 mins
3 quarts


  • 3 cups chopped cabbage

  • 3 cups chopped cucumber

  • 3 cups chopped green tomato

  • 3 cups chopped carrot

  • 3 cups chopped onion

  • ½ cup pickling salt

  • 4 cups water

  • 3 cups white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt

  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed

  • 6 cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 (1 quart) sterilized canning jars with lids and rings


  1. Combine the cabbage, cucumber, tomato, carrot, onion, and pickling salt in a large bowl; toss to combine. Allow to sit 2 hours. Rinse the mixture thoroughly with cold water; drain and squeeze to remove excess liquid.

  2. Combine the vegetables with the water and vinegar in a large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow to boil for 1 hour.

  3. Stir the celery salt, mustard seed, and sugar into the vegetables. Mix the mustard, turmeric, and flour together in a bowl. Carefully spoon 2 tablespoons of the boiling water into the mustard mixture; stir into a paste. Add the paste back into the boiling vegetable mixture; cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes more. Cool completely in refrigerator before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

59 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 96
Calories 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 627mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 46mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.