Refrigerator Rainbow Carrot Pickles


The more purple carrots in your mixture, the redder your pickles will be.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 1 hr
Total Time:
1 day 1 hr 40 mins
2 quarts


  • 2 pounds multi-colored carrots

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons pickling salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar

  • ½ cup honey


  1. Scrub carrots thoroughly (do not peel), rinse well, and drain. Using a mandoline or food processor, slice into 1/8-inch-thick rounds, discarding tops. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl. Toss with sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand 1 hour, then rinse under cold water; drain.

  2. Toast cloves or coriander seeds in a nonreactive 3-quart pot over medium heat, shaking pan, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Carefully pour in water. Stir in vinegar, honey, and remaining 3 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil; add carrots and cook, stirring, just until brine returns to a simmer, about 8 minutes.

  3. Spoon carrots into 2 clean quart jars, using a slotted spoon, and pack them in snugly. Carefully pour or ladle enough brine over veggies to cover completely, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe rims with a damp paper towel. Let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  4. Apply clean lids. Chill at least 24 hours before eating for best flavor. (Flavor improves with time.) Store in fridge up to 1 month.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 1 teaspoon coriander seeds for 1/2 teaspoon cloves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

46 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 499mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* 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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