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Giardiniera

Is vegetable variety the key to this spicy condiment? We tested seven products to find out.

What We Learned

In Italy, giardiniera refers to pickled vegetables that are typically eaten as an antipasto. But here in the United States, it’s most recognized as a combination of pickled cauliflower, carrots, celery, and sweet and hot peppers that is served alongside sandwiches or other lunch fare.

On a trip to Chicago to research recipes, we were impressed by that city’s devotion to this spicy ...