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20 Delicious ways to pickle foods other than cucumbers

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Not only does the pickling process preserve seasonal produce, but it adds a tasty flavor dimension to your vegetables and even to fruit.

We don't know about you, but sometimes — just sometimes — we get tired of the sad-looking pickled cucumber next to our sandwiches and dream about other produce we could pickle. Because pickles are just so... 2010. But think about pickling outside the cucumber, and you'll rediscover your love for pickled foods.

1. Pickled cauliflower and beets recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: What Jew Wanna Eat

These pickled cauliflower and beets are gorgeous in color and have a great bite.

2. Homemade kimchee recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Food in Jars

The classic Korean condiment, homemade kimchee is a great addition to your pickled pantry.

3. Pickled red onions recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Tori Avey

One of the most used pickled vegetable (after cucumbers, of course!), pickled red onions top tacos, sandwiches and even pasta salads.

4. Pickled cherries recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Nutmeg Nanny

These pickled cherries add a sweet balance to your grilled seafood and pork dishes.

5. Colorful pickled eggs recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

A fantastic snack, colorful pickled eggs make for the perfect afternoon treat.

6. Pickled fairy-tale eggplant recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Food in Jars

The perfect pickled texture, serve this pickled fairy-tale eggplant alongside your dinner or on toast.

7. Pickled jalapeños recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Foodie Crush

By pickling jalapeños, the heat is subdued a bit, making these pickled jalapeños a taco favorite.

8. Curry pickled cauliflower recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Tori Avey

The curry powder adds such great color to this curry pickled cauliflower.

9. Pickled Asian pears with lemon recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Food in Jars

Try pickling hearty fruits like pears or apples. These pickled Asian pears with lemon are bright with citrus flavor.

10. Pickled Rainier cherries recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: What Jew Wanna Eat

Preserve the short season of Rainier cherries, and save these pickled Rainier cherries for a special treat.

11. Pickled plum salad recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: The Noshery

We love that this pickled plum salad is served alongside chicken. Another gorgeous way to serve it would be alongside pork chops.

12. Spicy pickled green beans recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Recipe Girl

We're known to be caught snacking on these spicy pickled green beans any day.

13. Lime pickled onions recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Laylita's Recipes

The addition of lime makes these lime pickled onions a little more unique than the classic pickled onions.

14. Pickled beets recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Foodie Crush

If you need a pickled item that impresses with its gorgeous color, then pickled beets are what you need.

15. Pickled fish recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: My Colombian Recipes

Served in the Caribbean and some Latin American countries, pickled fish is alike to ceviche and a great dish for the hotter months.

16. Pickled chipotle carrot straws recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Sarcastic Cook

Add a bit of spice to your pickled produce by throwing in some chipotle, like in these pickled chipotle carrot straws.

17. Pickled radish and turnips recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

If you get tons of radishes and turnips in your CSA box, then making these pickled radish and turnips should be on your to-do list.

18. Refrigerator pickled salad recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: The Noshery

An option to a regular salad, having this refrigerator pickled salad saves the day when you don't have any fresh greens at home.

19. Pickled pequins recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Sweet Life

These tiny, pickled chiles are pickled pequins, but you can pickle any kind of chile you find in your local markets.

20. Pickled peach salsa recipe

Learn how to pickle foods other than cucumbers for #NationalPickleDay

Blog: Hungry Food Love

This tart and sweet salsa is a delicious topping to tacos. Make this pickled peach salsa this week.

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