Giardiniera 101

Giardiniera is a classic Italian relish made up of an assortment of vegetables that are harvested at the height of the season in northern California and then pickled for use throughout the year. The most common veggie combination—and what we use in our classic Giardiniera—is carrots, cauliflower, celery, pickles, onions and peppers. We add sliced jalapenos for our “Hot Mix” version. Typically served as a condiment—adding crunch, color and visual interest to any number of dishes—Giardiniera can also be enjoyed as a nutritious between-meal snack.

In Chicago, Giardiniera—hot or mild—is a key ingredient in that region’s famous Italian beef sandwiches.

The vegetables for Mezzetta® Giardiniera are picked on local family farms at the peak of ripeness and then delivered to us and processed in our Napa Valley facility within twenty-four hours so that they retain their fresh-picked flavor and crunch. Pickled in vinegar and sea salt, Giardiniera is naturally low in fat and carbohydrates, making it an easy, delicious and healthy way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet.