Make One Person Happy and Sweet Zucchini Relish Recipe

This Sweet Zucchini Relish is easy to make with grated zucchini and onions and can in the summer months! Delicious served many ways!

Sweet Zucchini Relish
I know, a canning post in spring? Well, yes!

Because I was using leftover Easter eggs in recipes this week, making a delicious dip (that would not be good without this recipe today), I realized I have never posted my Sweet Zucchini Relish recipe!

Sweet Zucchini Relish.

For years I’ve canned this in the summertime, sometimes in 1/2 pint jars, sometimes in pint jars, and it makes a delicious gift.

This year, we plan to designate one bed for zucchini, so I’ll have baskets full ready for grating, brining, and making this sweet canning treat.

I use my food processor to grate the onions and zucchini {easy}, and the rest is very simple.

It’s not spicy–it’s very sweet. And it’s delicious on tuna sandwiches, in tuna salads, or when making a tuna dip.

Most people like homemade gifts, so this makes the perfect hostess gift.

Make one person happy.

I found this quote the other day and it made me smile:

Make one person happy each day ...

Do you love this as much as I do? What a great thought.

Now I have the job of making many jars of Sweet Zucchini Relish this summer, so I can make a few neighbors and people happy in my life!

What are your plans for leftover eggs this week?

Sweet Zucchini Relish

Sweet Zucchini Relish
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Sweet Zucchini Relish

In the summer I double and triple this recipe. To grate the zucchini and onions, I use my KitchenAid food processor with the grater attachment. Makes about 4-5 (16 oz) pints. I also like to use 1/2 pint jars to give as gifts. Water bath canning required.
Servings: 8 -10 1/2 pint jars


  • 10 zucchini grated (about 10 medium)
  • 4 cups onions grated (about 3 medium)
  • 5 Tbsp. salt
  • 2 large yellow or orange bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 2 small jars pimientos
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 5-6 pint canning jars


  • Combine the zucchini, onions and salt; let stand overnight (cover and let stand in a cool place (70 to 75°F) for at least 12 hours).
  • The next day, using a colander placed over a sink, drain the zucchini mixture (squeezing out all water). Rinse and drain again.
  • To make the brine, in a large pot over medium heat, dissolve the sugar into the vinegar and spices; stir until mixed together.
  • Add in the zucchini, chopped peppers and pimientos, to the brine and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until liquid is reduced and mixture is the consistency of a thick commercial relish, about 30 minutes.
  • Prepare boiling water canner. Prepare jars and lids (I jar the relish in hot jars that have been run through the dishwasher).
  • Ladle the hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot relish. Wipe rim. Put the lid on jar. Apply band until fit and fingertip-tight.
  • Process the jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours, by pressing on the center (it should not flex when pushed down).
  • Enjoy, or give away as a lovely gift!

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8 comments on “Make One Person Happy and Sweet Zucchini Relish Recipe”

  1. This looks right up my alley. I can see so much potential for delicious eating!!

  2. I love giving homemade gifts! this relish looks amazing!!!

  3. Pinning this to make this summer when I have an abundance of zucchini in the garden! Love the idea of making one person happy each day and what better way to do that then to share some homemade love! xo, friend.

  4. I am saving this recipe for zucchini season!! I am so ready for summer!

  5. NEVER too early to post canning recipes. I can all year Northern Minnesota! If there is a produce sale on onions or peppers, etc at the Grocery store or COSTCO…I bring it home and make sweet pepper and onion relish…OR just make wine jelly :)

  6. What a great recipe! I would enjoy having some more of your canning recipes. Growing up, my dad always had a huge garden and my mother did a lot of canning and freezing. I wish I had paid more attention to this as now I would like to give canning a try. I freeze fresh veggies, i.e., white acre peas, crowder peas, etc., but I would love to can some veggies too this summer.

  7. I will have to try this in the summer when my zucchini is taking over my garden! Sounds YUMMY :)

  8. We didn’t color eggs this year, just did some deviled eggs and those went quick. I love giving and receiving homemade gifts. They are the best.

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