Easy Zucchini Relish


This zucchini relish is delicious. Use it just like you'd use a regular pickle relish — on sandwiches and meats or in salad dressing or potato salad. This recipe makes a large batch, filling about 14 small jelly jars.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
20 hrs
Total Time:
21 hrs 50 mins
14 1/2-pint jars


  • 12 cups shredded zucchini

  • 4 cups chopped onion

  • 5 tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery seed

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 5 cups white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups apple cider vinegar

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped


  1. Toss zucchini and onion with salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Rinse vegetables with cold water and drain well.

  3. Mix dry mustard, celery seed, nutmeg, and pepper together in a bowl.

  4. Combine sugar, vinegar, and bell pepper in a large pot with drained vegetables and spice mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, inspect fourteen 1/2-pint jars for cracks and rings for rust, discarding any defective ones. Immerse in simmering water until relish is ready. Wash new, unused lids and rings in warm soapy water.

  6. Pack vegetables into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims with a moist paper towel to remove any residue. Top with lids and screw rings on tightly.

  7. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower the jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover the jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover, and process for 25 minutes.

  8. Remove the jars from the stockpot and let rest, several inches apart, for 12 to 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of pickling ingredients. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

34 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 134
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 40mg 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.

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