Homemade Giardiniera

Make your own garnish of garden veggies in a delicious vinaigrette for use in subs, salads and more.

Why not hold a sub party? Rach presents a variety of subs and a homemade salad dressing to serve for a casual party with friends and family. Include Spicy Hummus Subs, Italian Subs with Garlic Vinaigrette and Giardiniera Relish and Greek Subs on the menu.

Note: This recipe takes two days to brine.


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 small red sweet bell pepper or green cubanelle pepper, seeded, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 small finger peppers, Fresno chili peppers or banana hot peppers, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 cups blanched cauliflower florets
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2-3 ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 cup Sicilian green olives, pitted and chopped


Place the salt in a bowl, add the veggies and cover with cold water. Stir to combine. Cover and store for 2 days to brine.

Whisk up a dressing of garlic, oregano, celery seed, vinegar and EVOO. Drain the salad and toss with the dressing and olives.

This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s good and good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, visit

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