Quick winter pickles can satisfy the desire for crunch and put a new, fresh taste on your plate. Year round, Chicagoans embrace giardiniera, a satisfying mix of cauliflower, carrots and peppers that are brined, then marinated in a zesty dressing.
Giardiniera is an Italian kitchen staple. It is a great snack with salumi or cheese. I like it on sandwiches or an antipasti platter or even as a side for a roboust star, grilled sausages maybe or even roasted pork.