Once again with my CSA, I have a variety of vegetables and way too many for immediate use. Especially peppers. (I need to research more ways to use peppers.) I decided to use a mix of the vegetables to make giardiniera. The funny face on the sliced cucumbers is just a happy bonus.
Giardiniera is Italian pickled vegetables. The translation roughly means "from the garden". It is a mix of vegetables preserved in a spicy seasoned vinegar. Long preserving is shelf-stable and can stay on a shelf for a year. This version is a quick-pickle meant to stay in the refrigerator for a few weeks. The quick-pickle still preserves the vegetables, extending their freshness and adding great flavor. It is just not fully sealed for long shelf life.
Traditional giardiniera includes olive oil as a marinade for the vegetables. I like to add the olive oil after pickling and once I serve the vegetables. The marinated vegetables are great added to sandwiches and salads or just simply on a anti-pasta plate with some crackers and cheese.
I used sliced cucumbers, sliced pepper rings, thinly sliced carrots, spring onions and garlic, seasoned with fennel seeds. These are common vegetables found in giardiniera. The seasoning can be spicy hot by adding crushed red pepper flakes, or using hot peppers. Use what you have and have fun with the added spices.