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These pickle recipes run the gamut from quick pickled vegetables to fermented pickles, but they all lend a lot of crunch and flavor to your food.

If you’re craving the ultimate make-ahead, healthy snack, then look no further than pickled vegetables. While the dill-spiked cucumber variety tends to set the standard, that’s just the tip of the spear. Pretty much any veggie is perfectly suited to take the plunge in a bath of brine.

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Some pickles are great to enjoy on their own, while others are better suited as a pairing with a rich, savory, meaty companion. Keep things quick and simple or let fermentation work its magic for added complexity. Focus on a single vegetable or a combine a few for a mix of flavor and texture.

In other words, your pickled vegetable recipe options are seemingless endless. But to get started, pucker up to some of our favorites.

Easy Quick Pickles

quick pickles using leftover pickle juice


If you’ve never tried D.I.Y. pickling, start here. Whatever your veggie surplus happens to be, if it takes a dip in apple cider vinegar infused with herbs and spices, you’ll have a go-to munchie for weeks, even months. Get our Easy Quick Pickles recipe.

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Momofuku Beet Pickle


That David Chang sure does love his pickles. The Momofuku maestro has recipes for veggies of all stripes—turnips, carrots, cucumbers, even ramps. But his pickled beets absolutely can’t be, well, beat. So grab that mandoline slicer, some kombu, and a dark apron (beets do like to make their mark). Get the Momofuku Beet Pickle recipe.

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Pickled Red Onions


Rosy pink, slightly crunchy, and 100 percent tangy, a scattering of pickled red onions can take a dish from drab to fab. Try them on tacos (especially cochinita pibil), with barbecued meat, or over scrambled eggs. Get our Pickled Red Onions recipe.

Easy Napa Cabbage Kimchi


This Korean classic takes time (fermentation doesn’t happen overnight), but it is absolutely worth it. While many vegetables can be used for kimchi if traditional seasonings and preparations are applied, cabbage is the O.G. foundation. Make Umma proud and fix up your own batch. Get our Easy Napa Cabbage Kimchi recipe.

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Garlic Dill Pickles


Are you really gonna let a cartoon stork who sounds like Groucho tell you what dill pickles to eat? The homemade version of the deli staple earns far better marks than store bought. Serve alongside a pastrami on rye or enjoy a spear solo as an anytime snack. Get the Garlic Dill Pickles recipe.

Tangy Cucumber Pickles


Also known as ah-jaht, these Thai chili-infused pickles are sure to spice things up. It’s the perfect picnic pleaser, but also keep a couple of extra jars in your fridge to top your burger or go traditional and pair them with grilled chicken satay. Get our Tangy Cucumber Pickles recipe.

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Japanese-style pickles (tuskemono) are some of the best in the world particularly when they incorporate the sweet and sour technique known as amazuzuke. The combo of sugar and rice vinegar works exceptionally well with crunchy daikon. It makes for an excellent make-ahead amuse bouche or a post-feast palate cleanser. Get the Amazuzuke recipe.


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My grandmother is teaching me how she makes torshi this week! 💛🧡💚 . I’ll be using my usual strategy for recording family recipes, which I shared in a blog post a while ago. . As you might imagine, my way is just a little extra when it comes to organization 😳, but there are a million different ways to preserve family traditions, and the best one is simply the one you prefer 💁🏽 . But in the blog post I *also* walk you through how to have a productive conversation about the recipe. . There are a few not so productive questions we all have a tendency to ask when we are trying to learn how to make something, e.g., “How much water do you add?” “When is it done?” . If you’ve ever had to explain your recipe to someone, you know these questions can be kind of frustrating to answer, because it’s really difficult to explain something you can do with your eyes closed to someone who is just starting out. . And if you’ve ever asked your mom or grandmother these questions, you’ve probably been met with an equally vague “as much as it takes” or “you just know.” . But I‘ve come up with a few different ways of framing all these important ideas, so you can respectfully learn more about the final dish, while developing a deeper understanding of the processes and techniques. Whether or not you go the route of using a digital scale or getting lots of hands on experience, I think the conversation matters more than anything else. . I’ll put a link to the whole blog post up on my story (just tap the bubble around my profile picture), and let me know if you ever have any questions! . Hope you get to spend some time cooking with family this weekend ❤️

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This fetching cornucopia of mixed pickled veggies is a staple across the Balkans and Middle East. Though recipes vary, this version inspired by the grandmother of Cardamom and Tea blogger Kathryn Pauline incorporates an intoxicating blend of spices such as turmeric, coriander, and caraway. Get the Torshi recipe.

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Ah, pickled carrots. The unsung hero of the salsa cart also known as what you hangrily munch on while you patiently wait for your al pastor. Don’t forget the jalapeños if you want to get picante. Get the Mexican Pickled Carrots recipe.

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Easy Sauerkraut 

homemade sauerkraut recipe


Cabbage and salt. That’s all it takes (plus some time for fermentation) to add that zingy exclamation point to your brats, dogs, and reubens. Get our Sauerkraut recipe.

Spicy Jamaican Pickled Peppers

Anyone familiar with the fiery wonder that is jerk seasoning knows that Jamaicans love to bring the heat to the kitchen. Their version of pickled peppers carries the torch: Ginger, peppers, and vinegar join forces with an assortment of vegetables to become this colorful Caribbean condiment. Get the Spicy Jamaican Pickled Peppers recipe.

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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