Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
5 carrots, diced
5 ribs celery, diced
1 orange bell pepper, seeded, stemmed, and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded, stemmed, and diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, stemmed, and diced
1 small head cauliflower, diced
½ cup kosher salt
1 ½ cups white vinegar
1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 Calabrian chiles, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup canola oil
1 cup plain olive oil
1. In a large bowl, mix the carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cauliflower with the salt. Pour enough water over just to cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
2. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Combine the vinegars, oregano, pepper flakes, black pepper, chles, and garlic in a large medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive and canola oils until emulsified.
3. Drain and rinse the vegetables. Pack the vegetables into sterile jars, then pour half of the dressing into each jar, ensuring all vegetables are coated. If the dressing doesn’t cover the vegetables add equal parts white vinegar and olive oil until covered. Cover with lids and refrigerate for at least 3 days before using. Giardiniera will keep, refrigerated, for up to 6 months.
4. To make into a spread: pulse in a food processor until finely diced. Use as a dip or on sandwiches.