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Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish

Give your burgers a healthy boost with this Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish. It’s simple to prepare and keeps your zucchini fresh all year long! Zucchini Pickle Relish - Food Life Design

Hello! I hope you’re doing great! Today, I’m sharing an old favorite, Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish!

I hope you enjoy trying this one out because it is definitely a favorite around here.

So much so that my oldest daughter literally eats it straight out of the jar!


Well, I did it. I had so much zucchini leftover after making the Maple Vanilla Zucchini bread the other day, that I decided to go ahead with the Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish.

Believe it or not, I only had 2 giant zucchinis and they made 2 loaves of Maple Vanilla Zucchini bread and 16 half-pints of this amazingly, sweet relish.

 That’s what I love about making food from scratch – it goes so much further than buying the premade varieties, plus of course, it’s better for you and well, the taste just can’t be beat.

I originally found this Zucchini Relish recipe on Pinterest. It was a vintage recipe that someone had taken out of an old newspaper.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the exact ingredients, so I switched up the spices a little bit.

But, don’t worry – it didn’t make a bit of difference. It’s still amazing relish!

So, if you have some extra zucchini from your end-of-summer harvest, try this Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish, you’ll love it.

It takes a little time to put it all together, but the best part is, in just a few hours, you’ll have enough relish to enjoy all year long!

Here’s the recipe –

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Yield: 16 half-pints

Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 hours
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes


  • 12 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch


Day 1:

  1. Place shredded zucchini into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Cover with a clean, kitchen towel and allow it to sit overnight.

Day 2:

  1. Drain zucchini into a large colander and rinse with cold water.
  2. Combine, vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, nutmeg, turmeric, red pepper flakes and cornstarch in a large stockpot. Stir to combine. Heat on high temperature until boiling.
  3. Add the zucchini to the vinegar mixture. Return to boiling. Turn the temperature down to medium-low. Continue cooking for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Use a ladle to scoop the sweet zucchini pickle relish into clean, half-pint jars. Cover with lids and screw tops.
  5. Process in a water bath for 5 minutes to seal.
  6. Refrigerate any jars that did not seal properly. Store this Sweet Zucchini Pickle Relish in the refrigerator for up to 6 months or on the shelf indefinitely.

Zucchini Pickle Relish Recipe - Food Life Design

Do you have some leftover zucchini?

Try my other zucchini recipes to use it up!

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