Pickled Refrigerator Cauliflower Recipe

Pickled refrigerator cauliflower? Oh yes, please!! If you’ve ever had refrigerator pickles, you won’t want to miss trying the same with cauliflower! Yum!

I realize this may sound like an odd recipe, but stick with me a minute. A while back, I shared my mom’s recipe for refrigerator pickles. And after I had shared that with you guys, my mom mentioned some of the other refrigerator pickling she does.

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At first, pickled cauliflower just did not sound very appetizing at all. I believe the question that came to my mind was…. “why?”.

But boy did I get put in my place when I tried it!

Pickling cauliflower in the fridge makes it light, with a tiny touch of crunch. The flavor is mild and a tiny bit sweet. My mom didn’t add any salt because she can’t have it. But I can see where some salt would do wonderful things here if you can have it. But even without it, this was a fabulous, light and crunchy, mid-afternoon snack!

Those of you who keep to lower quantities of fats and calories will be happy here and even low carb folks will be happy with the carb count on this.

I know it’s an odd comparison, but it reminds me of eating vinegar chips (years and years ago, I swear!). So if you like those, you’ll most likely like this, and it will totally bump up your veggie quota for the day too!

My mom added some mushrooms and onions to the batch in the photo, but you don’t have to do that. You can fill your jar with cauliflower and it will be just as good, though the onions do add a nice flavor to this. I will have a separate recipe coming up on doing refrigerator pickled garlic mushrooms.

Note: This will approximately fill a quart-sized canning jar.


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Clean Eating Pickled Refrigerator Cauliflower

Pickled Refrigerator Cauliflower

A delicious and simple way to pickle your veggies!
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Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Pickling Time: 5 days
Total Time: 5 days 15 minutes
Servings: 1 quart (including liquids)
Calories: 294kcal


  • Quart-size canning jar


  • 3 cups water
  • ½ small head of cauliflower (or as much as you can get in the jar you are using)
  • 1 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ medium yellow onion (chopped or sliced - however much will fit in the jar after the cauliflower)
  • 4 large whole garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp. dried dill weed
  • salt and pepper (to taste - optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in your jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid.
  • Allow this to sit in your fridge for 4-5 days before eating.
  • Eat these straight out of the jar or add them to salads for a nice, flavorful addition. 


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Note that the majority of carbs are from the vinegar. If you don't drink that, you are getting very minimal carbs.


Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 145mg | Potassium: 869mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Kim Reynolds says:


    I want to try your recipe, but wanted to confirm: Is the ingredient below – onion?

    1/4 – 1/2 yellow, chopped or sliced (however much will fit in the jar after the cauliflower)


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kim – Sorry about that. Just fixed it. It should have said “yellow onion.”

  2. The Gracious Pantry says:

    Sara – That’s fantastic! Thanks for the great feedback! 🙂

  3. going to make this – my husband loved pickeled cauliflower and think I can make it