Radish and Vegetable Pickling Liquid: Seasonal Chef Recipe


This quick pickling liquid has a mildly sweet  flavor that works beautifully with all types of vegetables. Spicy radishes compliment the overall dish. Click here: to read more about Radishes and see a few ideas to use them.

Radish and Vegetable Pickling Liquid: Seasonal Chef Recipe

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 2 cups

This is my favorite pickling liquid combination. Feel free to change up the spices, just remember to keep them as whole seeds. Ground spice will turn your liquid cloudy.


  • 1½ cups of white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar (I use raw organic sugar)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seed
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seed
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients except the thyme in a heavy pot and bring to a simmer. Stir a few times with a wooden spoon. Once the sugar dissolves remove from heat and allow it to cool.
  2. Pour the liquid over the vegetables and thyme, in a glass container, and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight before serving. This is a quick pickle, and good for about 5 days.


Almost any vegetable will work with this recipe. Some should be blanched for 1 minute and cooled in ice water before pickling: cauliflower, sting beans and corn for instance. Radishes and cucumbers are fine without the blanch.



About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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