While I'll never turn down good ol' cucumber pickles, there are so many other tasty summer fruits and vegetables out there begging to be covered with a sweet-tart brine. It's time to give squash, peaches, and even okra a star turn in a mason jar — here are ten fruits and vegetables you should pickle this summer!
1. Corn: Pickling tames the sweetness of corn and turns it into a great summer relish to serve with grilled meats or fish.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Corn - Bon Appetit
2. Eggplant: Don't like eggplant because you think it's bland? Use eggplant's spongy texture to your advantage since it'll readily soak up pickling liquid and take on new flavors.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Eggplant - CHOW
3. Green Beans: Green beans are some of the easiest vegetables to pickle since you don't even need to cut them up. Use these as a fun garnish for cocktails like bloody Marys.
4. Okra: Okra pods are hollow and soak up a lot of pickling liquid, turning any unpleasant slime into a thing of the past.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Okra - Simply Recipes
5. Peppers: Pickled peppers add a winning combination of spicy sourness to sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, or burgers.
6. Peaches: This may seem like an unusual fruit to pickle, but juicy pickled peaches go well with pork, ham, or fried chicken.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Peaches - Saveur
7. Radishes: Pickled radishes are tangy, sweet, crunchy, and have a natural spiciness, plus the skin on red radishes dyes the pickles into a beautiful shade of pink!
8. Sugar snap peas: These may seem like an unusual thing to pickle, but crunchy, super sweet sugar snap peas take well to garlic and vinegar and make them even more snackable.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Sugar Snap Peas - Smitten Kitchen
9. Summer squash: Skip zucchini bread — pickling is a healthier way to use up that bumper crop of summer squash.
10. Tomatoes: If you're tired of eating tomatoes raw or turning them into sauce, try pickling and using them as bruschetta topping instead.
→ Get a recipe: Pickled Red Tomatoes - Serious Eats
(Image credits: Nealey Dozier; Saveur; Cook. Can. CSA.; Joanna Miller; Whitney in Chicago)