Hot Italian Giardiniera


This giardiniera recipe is wonderful on Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, French dips, pasta, or even as a pizza topping. You can even snack on it as is if you choose. Once you taste it, you will figure out what you prefer to use it on.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 days 8 hrs
Total Time:
2 days 8 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 green bell peppers, diced

  • 2 red bell peppers, diced

  • 8 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced

  • 1 celery stalk, diced

  • 1 medium carrot, diced

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • ½ cup fresh cauliflower florets

  • ½ cup salt

  • 1 (5 ounce) jar pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. Place green and red peppers, jalapeños, celery, carrots, onion, and cauliflower in a large bowl. Stir in salt, then fill with enough cold water to cover. Place plastic wrap or aluminum foil over the bowl; refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain salty water; rinse vegetables and set aside.

  3. Mix together olives, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Pour in vinegar and olive oil; mix well. Combine with vegetable mixture; cover and refrigerate for 2 days before using.

    close up view of Hot Italian Giardiniera in jars with peppers in the foreground

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
24g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 60mg 302%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 210mg 4%

* 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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