Green Tomato Relish

Here's the perfect solution for early-summer tomato cravings (or for those end-of-season fruits that don't ripen before the frost). For prettiest results, use a variety of colorful bell peppers: orange, yellow, purple, red, and green. If you'd like a little heat, add a jalapeno or two.

Note: If you're pressed for time, you can pulse the vegetables in a food processor until they're chopped into ¼-inch pieces. Dicing the vegetables by hand takes more time, but it makes the relish look extra pretty.


24 green tomatoes
4 large white, yellow, or sweet onions
6 medium-large bell peppers, preferably a mix of colors
1-2 jalapeno peppers (optional)
3 tablespoons pickling salt
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons mixed pickling spices, tied in a cloth
3 cups white distilled vinegar


Finely dice (see Note) the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and jalapenos (if using).

Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl, stir in the pickling salt, and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard liquid, then add the sugar, pickling spices, and vinegar. Transfer mixture to a 4-quart pot and set it over high heat; bring to a boil. Lower heat to low and gently simmer for 1 hour.

Pack the relish into hot, fully sterilized pint jars, leaving a quarter-inch of head space at the top. Remove any air bubbles by tapping the jars lightly; wipe jar rims with a clean towel. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Seal and process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Cool and store in a cool, dry place.

Cooking & Recipes


6 pints

Preparation Time: 

55 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

2 hours 50 minu

Preparation Method

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