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mason jar with cucumbers and peppers
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Time to make:
3 hours+

Quick Pickled Cucumbers, Peppers and Onions


Preserve those cucumbers, peppers and onions in your garden by pickling them. This recipe is both quick and easy!



  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons dill weed (or 6 tablespoons chopped fresh dill)
  • 5 cups cucumber slices
  • ½ small white onion, sliced into rings
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced into 1-inch strips


*Note: This is not a tested recipe for canning. Enjoy them fresh within a week.

Heat vinegar, water, sugar, mustard seed, salt and garlic until sugar and salt are dissolved. Rinse and slice cucumbers. Prepare onion and bell pepper as described. Mix vegetables in bowl and add dill weed, stirring gently to coat. Pour vinegar mixture over vegetables. Refrigerate for at least two hours, stirring at least once to submerge vegetables in brine. Remove pickled vegetables with a slotted spoon to a serving dish and return the remaining vegetables to the refrigerator.

Dietary and Nutrition


Some fresh-pack pickles can be prepared safely with reduced or no salt. Use only tested recipes formulated to produce the proper acidity. Both the texture and flavor of these pickles may be noticeably different than expected. Some quick pickle recipes are made with reduced-sodium salts, such as light salts. Use of salt substitutes is not recommended.

To learn more about pickling:
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Food Preservation: Making Pickled Products (FN189, Revised Aug. 2019)

Pickling is one of the oldest known methods of food preservation. Pickled foods add a special touch to many snacks and meals.

Field to Fork: Cucumbers (FN2038, August 2021)

Popular slicing cucumber varieties include Summer Dance, Sweet Slice, Sweet Success, Tasty Green, General Lee and Straight Eight. Popular varieties for pickling include Homemade Pickles, Calypso and H-19 Little Leaf.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.