If you’re into tangy flavors, this list is for you. We’ve found some pickled foods that will add serious zing to your meals. From the classics to some unexpected picks, these recipes will definitely spice things up.

A bowl filled with mixed pickled vegetables, including carrots, cauliflower, and green beans, next to jars of pickled vegetables on a wooden table.
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Pickled Blueberry Panzanella Salad

Pickled blueberry panzanella salad.
Pickled Blueberry Panzanella Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This salad balances sweet and tangy flavors, making it a great twist on the classic Italian bread salad. Perfect for anyone who loves a punch of tanginess.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Blueberry Panzanella Salad

Pickled Cranberries

Two jars of pickled cranberries on a kitchen towel.
Pickled Cranberries. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Quick pickled cranberries bring a sweet and tart taste to your dishes. Great for adding to drinks, topping meats, or featuring on a charcuterie board.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Cranberries

Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad

A salad with grapefruit, fennel and arugula.
Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With grapefruit, pomegranates, and pickled fennel, this salad is tossed with an orange Dijon vinaigrette. A great seasonal salad for tangy flavor fans.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Fennel Citrus Salad

Pickled Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

BBQ pulled pork sandwich with pickled pineapple slices.
Pickled Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These BBQ pulled pork sandwiches topped with pickled pineapples mix sweet, tangy, and smoky flavors. Perfect for those who love a tangy kick.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Pineapple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw)

Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw). Photo credit: Pups With Chopsticks.

This lightly pickled Salvadoran cabbage coleslaw is quick and easy to make. Great with tacos, pupusas, burgers, and soups.
Get the Recipe: Curtido (Salvadoran Pickled Cabbage Slaw)

Quick & Easy Pickled Daikon Radish

Quick & Easy Pickled Daikon Radish. Photo credit: Pups With Chopsticks.

Sweet and tangy pickled daikon radish with a crisp crunch. Quick and easy to make, no heat required, just a refrigerator!
Get the Recipe: Quick & Easy Pickled Daikon Radish

Slovak Strapačky Halušky (Sauerkraut and Bacon)

Slovak Strapačky Halušky (Sauerkraut and Bacon). Photo credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

Slovak strapačky are potato dumplings served with sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and bacon. A hearty and comforting dish known for its great flavor.
Get the Recipe: Slovak Strapačky Halušky (Sauerkraut and Bacon)

Segedínský Guláš (Pork & Sauerkraut Stew)

Segedínský Guláš (Pork & Sauerkraut Stew). Photo credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

Tender pork in a tangy gravy of paprika, beef broth, sauerkraut, and sour cream. This comforting stew is packed with bold flavors.
Get the Recipe: Segedínský Guláš (Pork & Sauerkraut Stew)

Bratwurst Sausage And Sauerkraut

Bratwurst Sausage And Sauerkraut. Photo credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

Bratwurst and sauerkraut is a simple one-pot or skillet dinner. This classic German pairing is smoky, sour, slightly sweet, and perfect comfort food.
Get the Recipe: Bratwurst Sausage And Sauerkraut

Pork, Bean & Sauerkraut Soup (Istrian Jota)

Pork, Bean & Sauerkraut Soup (Istrian Jota). Photo credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

A hearty soup or stew with pork, beans, and sauerkraut. This smoky and sour soup is a staple in Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia.
Get the Recipe: Pork, Bean & Sauerkraut Soup (Istrian Jota)

Smoked Pickled Onion Coleslaw

Smoked Pickled Onion Coleslaw. Photo credit: Vindulge.

This mayo-free coleslaw made with smoked pickled onions is fantastic for loading onto pulled pork or chicken sandwiches, or as a side dish.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Pickled Onion Coleslaw

Authentic Italian Giardiniera Recipe

Authentic Italian Giardiniera Recipe. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

An authentic Italian giardiniera made with pickled vegetables. Perfect as a condiment for Italian sandwiches or as a relish.
Get the Recipe: Authentic Italian Giardiniera Recipe

Spicy Italian Pickled Mushrooms

Spicy Italian Pickled Mushrooms. Photo credit: Mangia With Michele.

These spicy Italian pickled mushrooms are quick to make with just 10 minutes of prep time. Great for antipasto platters or salads.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Italian Pickled Mushrooms

Easy Yamagobo Recipe

Easy Yamagobo Recipe. Photo credit: Savory Sweet Spoon.

A simple 5-ingredient recipe for homemade yamagobo, Japanese pickled burdock root.
Get the Recipe: Easy Yamagobo Recipe

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Đồ Chua). Photo credit: Savory Sweet Spoon.

Pickled carrots and daikon, known as “đồ chua” in Vietnamese cuisine, are a popular condiment. Great for adding crunch and tang to any meal.
Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon (Đồ Chua)

Japanese Pickled Cucumbers with Ginger

Japanese Pickled Cucumbers with Ginger. Photo credit: Soya Eats.

Japanese pickled cucumbers (tsukemono) are quick and easy to make. They’re a refreshing side dish or snack.
Get the Recipe: Japanese Pickled Cucumbers with Ginger

Candied Jalapenos a.k.a Cowboy Candy

Candied Jalapenos a.k.a Cowboy Candy. Photo credit: Curry Trail.

Candied jalapenos, or cowboy candy, are sweet-spicy pickled jalapenos. Great for salads, tacos, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Get the Recipe: Candied Jalapenos a.k.a Cowboy Candy

Pickled Banana Peppers

Pickled Banana Peppers. Photo credit: Pepper Geek.

One of the easiest snacks to make is pickled banana peppers. Perfect for dressing up sandwiches, eggs, or as a quick snack with cheese.
Get the Recipe: Pickled Banana Peppers

Perilla Leaf Kimchi

Perilla Leaf Kimchi. Photo credit: Sassy Chopsticks.

Perilla leaf kimchi is made with perilla leaves instead of traditional cabbage. Great for adding a tangy kick to your meals.
Get the Recipe: Perilla Leaf Kimchi

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