How To Make Quick Pickled Vegetables – Kids in the Kitchen

These cool and sour refrigerate quick pickles are so easy to make and are a kid favorite in our house.  We are a fan of acidic and briny foods in our house.  This simple quick refrigerator pickle recipe uses a fast but basic pickling method using vinegar, sugar, and salt.

To make a snack out of vegetables is a sure-fire way to get my kids to eat more vegetables.  When they help make them, it is even more exciting for them to try them.  Plus I get the added bonus of having a sous chef in the kitchen.  The use of a mandoline is a fun aspect for kids too.  I recommend purchasing one if you do not have one since they are a huge time saver and inexpensive.

What is a Quick Pickle?

Quick pickles, also known as refrigerator pickles, are vegetables stored in a solution while refrigerated. The solution used here and most common is a combination of water, salt, and sugar. These final results can be eaten in as little as an hour later or after waiting a few days.

The beauty of quick pickling is that it doesn’t require the long process of canning nor all the extra equipment that it takes. Sure you can quick pickle in mason jars but you do not have to. Any container with a lid will do.  And who does not have a ton of containers and lids in their kitchen at all times? The challenge for me is finding a container with a matching lid amongst the pile in my drawer.

Homemade Pickled Vegetables are Easy and Economical

Jars of store-bought pickles last one lunch at our house and they are not cheap. I don’t know about you but that isn’t my idea of an economical side garnish to a sandwich.  I figured I needed to learn how to make these on my own as a way to save money.  Plus it became a fun reason to plant extra cucumber plants in our yard every spring.

Besides saving money, making these homemade lets us decide what vegetables we want in the jars and how sour, salty, or sweet we want them. Controlling all the ingredients and often using homegrown organic items is so rewarding and delicious. This easy quick pickle recipe includes vinegar for tartness and sugar for sweetness; staples for most homes.

How to Make Quick Refrigerator Pickles

For this quick pickled veggies recipe, we are using carrots, daikon, and seedless cucumber.

We have a mandoline that makes this so easy.  Set your mandoline on 1/8″ julienne matchstick-size on the dial.

quick pickled vegetables

quick pickled vegetables


CUT – First, cut the vegetables so each section is the same length. We did them about 2″ long so they fit nicely on the mandoline holder. Then grate them on the mandoline into matchstick-size pieces. The kids like to use it but sometimes the harder vegetables are not easy to cut. That is when I get to step in and use a bit of “mommy muscle”.

mandoline quick pickled vegetables
Miley putting some muscle into the mandoline


quick pickled vegetables
Perfect matchstick-sized julienne vegetable goodness


MIX – Now mix together the pickle solution of water, vinegar, salt, and sugar.  Once the sugar has dissolved, pour that over the vegetables in a medium-sized bowl. Toss to coat.

quick pickled vegetables


quick pickled vegetables
Add liquid to julienne vegetables


STORE – Use tongs to put vegetables into jars or containers.  Pour pickling liquid over the vegetables to submerge them but leave 1/2″ space on top for closing the jars or containers. This is a cool liquid and not a hot pickling liquid so there is no need to let the jars cool on the counter first. You can refrigerate immediately.


quick pickled vegetables


And let the pickling begin!

You can enjoy these wonderful salty-sour vegetables in as little as an hour.  They can be stored for about 2 weeks but they never last that long in our house. They will lose their crispness the longer they stay in the solution so if you like a crisp pickle eat them in the first few days. If you like a softer and sourer pickle, wait a week and then enjoy.  This recipe yields two mason jars full and requires no canning.

This quick refrigerator pickle recipe is the best way to pickle something. It works with also with the following thinly sliced ingredients:

  • jalapenos, banana, bell, or other peppers
  • green beans
  • onions
  • radishes
  • okra
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • cauliflower

What to Serve with Pickled Vegetables

  1. On a sandwich, Banh Mi heaven
  2. In a salad
  3. On top of a homemade POKE BOWL
  4. Garnish seafood or an omelet
  5. Along with hot wings – try my INSTANT POT BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS
  6. With grilled meats like my recipe for VIETNAMESE GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS
  7. Straight from the jar




quick pickled vegetables ready in a jar



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quick pickled vegetables ready in a jar

How to Make Quick Pickled Vegetables

These salty and sour quick refrigerator pickled vegetables are easy to make. Making your own saves money and allows you to use what vegetables you like.
Prep Time 30 mins
Refrigerator Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 20


  • 2 carrots washed & peeled
  • 1 English cucumber washed
  • 1 daikon washed
  • 1 C white wine vinegar
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Use a mandoline set to 1/8″ on the julienne setting to cut the vegetables. Place vegetables in a medium-size bowl.
  • In a separate pourable container mix together vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Pour over the vegetables in the bowl. Using your hands or tongs, toss together.
  • Use hands or tongs to fill 2 mason jars with the vegetables and pour pickling liquid in each jar to fill within 1/2″ of the top of the jar.
  • Place lids on the jars and store in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  • These can be stored in an airtight container. They can last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving  
Calories 22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 4.8g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Total Sugars 3.6g  
Protein 0.7g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 108mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword easy, gluten-free, grain-free, low carb, no bake, vegan, vegetarian


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