Zucchini Pickles [Recipe]

If you have planted a garden, by the time summer is in full swing, zucchini and summer squash are often so abundant that you just don’t know what to do with them all. 

These are simple refrigerator pickles, so there’s no expertise in canning necessary and no fuss. They are super simple to make, and kids love them.

You can either make them quite sweet or not, depending on your health needs and child’s palette.

Personally, I like to make them sweet and spicy with red pepper flakes so the sugar counterbalances the spiciness. For the kids jars, I simply left out the red pepper flakes. 

You can also use this recipe with cucumbers to make sweet “bread and butter” pickles.

For low oxalate, avoid the turmeric.

For SCD/GAPS, use honey instead of sugar.


6-8 zucchini and/or summer squash
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2-3 cups coconut sugar
1 Tablespoon whole mustard seed
1 teaspoon whole celery seed
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


Slice zucchini into ⅛ inch discs. (Cucumbers I slice ¼ inch thick because they remain crunchy). But I like the zucchini a bit thinner. It’s all preference.

Cover zucchini slices in cold water with 2 Tablespoons of salt. Soak one hour in the refrigerator. Drain.

Dissolve  vinegar, sugar and spices in a bowl. If you want to keep your vinegar unheated you can do so by stirring the mixture around every few minutes for about 10-15 minutes. (If you don’t have raw vinegar to start with you can heat the vinegar/sugar mix to dissolve the sugar faster. If so, let it cool down for 3 minutes.)

Fill very clean (or sterilized) mason jars with zucchini slices and pour liquid mixture over the vegetables until covered. 

Store in the refrigerator. (Remember, because these are not canned they must be stored in the refrigerator.) They will last approximately a month. 

Let me know what you – and your child – think about these zucchini pickles.

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 18 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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