Chef Chuck's Homemade Giardiniera


Homemade giardiniera, meaning gardening, is a blend of fresh vegetables pickled and stored in the refrigerator. Great to add to chicken or beef also it is delicious chopped coarsely on your favorite sandwiches, or on crusty bread. My organic blend of veggies always becomes a healthy and tasty additive to most foods.

Homemade Giardiniera
3 carrots, sliced
4 celery stalks, sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
3 serrano peppers, sliced
2 cups cauliflower, small florets
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 tablespoon salt
20 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
4 tablespoons honey
2 1/4 cups white vinegar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons olive oil

Wash and cut vegetables steam for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables still have a light crunch. Place in a bowl add beans, salt, peppercorns and bay leafs. Fill 4 jars, combine honey, vinegar and water pour over vegetables. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil on top of each jar, seal and refrigerate.


  1. Another must make recipe of yours, Chuck!

    The veggies look so tasty in here!

  2. Hi Sophie, Yes, you will like the flavors and the soft crunch! So Healthy! Thank you :)

  3. I would add some small onions, Chuck but I agree, healthy and tasty! And, so much better than what you can buy on the supermarket shelf!

  4. Hi Joe, I agree, I was thinking of pearl onions too! But this time elected not to, maybe next time! Thank You, Enjoy:)

  5. Hi Bridgett, Had a problem posting your wonderful comment, but yes delicious and tender it was!!
    thank you :)

  6. Chuck? Will you marry me? No, I am serious. If you knew how much I loved this stuff and will now need to make it. I truly want to propose to you.

  7. Hello Cooking Lady! Yes when and where? Your right this veggie mix is good for many reasons~~ Thank You

  8. I'll have a TON of veggies from my garden this year. Do you think that this would be good with jalapenos in it?

  9. OMG, I LOVE that you posted this. We have recently fallen in love with Italian Beef sandwiches after having all the ingredients shipped from Portillos in Chicago. There is a recipe I am looking to try in order to do it myself at home so of course Giardiniera will be a part of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Hello EatStayPlay, Yes I recommend jalapenos~~
    Happy Gardening!! Thank you.

  11. Hi Live Love Eat, Glad I hit it right, with the beef, what is good about making your own the ingredients are unlimited! Enjoy, Thank you :)

  12. Bookmarked! I certainly shall be making this. Thanks.

  13. Hello,casalba, Glad to hear!! Thank you :)