• Zucchini Relish

    by  • July 12, 2015 • Sides • 2 Comments

    zucchini relish

    Summer Gardens!

    Zucchini…..I hope you all planted a few too many plants this year, because you must make this zucchini relish! Aside from zucchini bread, zucchini pasta,  or zucchini cookies, this is one more thing you can make with this versatile squash.

    zucchini relish

    zucchini relish

    This is the best thing you will ever make with your zucchinis!

    When I was little, my grandmother had a small garden on the side of her 1950’s ranch style home. And every year, it had zucchini and tomatoes. And every year, she would make and can this relish. I never understood why everyone else’s relish tasted weird to me until I was older and found out she made this every year! I grew up on this stuff! I never was a relish fan unless I was eating my grandma’s zucchini relish…

    zucchini relish

    If you didn’t plant a few extra plants this year, I’m sure your neighbor or gym pal did, and I’m sure they will gladly give you a harvest full of zucchini in lieu of a few jars of relish. If not- you can always save this, share it, pin it, file it…and save for next season. I canned about 24 jars of this last year, and gave away about half already. And the lucky friends that received my jar of zucchini relish, asked for the recipe! I like to use this relish in tuna, on burgers, quinoa patties, hot dogs, and anything  you would put relish on. It’s my favorite in tuna sandwiches I have to say!

    zucchini relish

    Super easy and quick to make, I use my food processor to grate down the zucchini and onions, then rough chop the bell peppers. Cook on the stove for 15  minutes, and then can it. Your tastebuds will thank you later!

    So now you probably wish you had planted more than one zucchini plant in your garden?!

    Cheers to grilling burgers, canning, and summer gardens!

    zucchini relish


    Zucchini Relish


    • 10 C shredded zucchini, skin and all ( I used my food processor, makes it real fast to prep)
    • 4 large onions, shredded/ chopped
    • 4 large bell peppers, chopped finely ( I used red)
    • 1/3 C pickling salt
    • 2 ¼ C sugar
    • 5 ¼ C cider vinegar
    • 3 tsp whole celery seed
    • 3 tsp whole mustard seeds
    • 2 tsp turmeric


    1. In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, onion, peppers and salt. Cover with cold water, let sit for 2 hours.
    2. Drain vegetable and rinse well.
    3. In a large nonreactive pot, bring to a boil, the sugar, vinegar and all the spices. When sugar is dissolved, add the rinsed vegetables and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes.
    4. Add to your prepared canning jars and boil in water for 10 minutes to seal the jar.
    5. Makes about 8 pints.


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    2 Responses to Zucchini Relish

    1. July 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      We have gotten at least 8 zucchinis for the past 4 weeks in our CSA. After the obligatory zucchini bread, I’ve just been grinding them and freezing them. This looks like a great alternative!

    2. November 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      one of our family friends always made zucchini relish and served it with corned beef. i was obsessed with it in my teen years and put it on everything. i have been meaning to make it as an adult but always forget during zucchini season (usually because i’m obsessively making cake!). will definitely have to make some before fall is officially over!

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