For extra color and variety, add wax beans, hot peppers, haricots verts, icicle radishes, or pole beans. A wide-mouth jar makes pickling a snap--the vegetables are easier to slide inside. Prep: 10 minutes; Chill: 4 hours.
2 cups white vinegar
2/3 cup sugar
4 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons dill seed
1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 whole cloves
4 bay leaves
3 to 3 1/2 cups vegetables (such as cucumber, zucchini, squash, onion, and sweet bell pepper), thinly sliced
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients in a quart jar. Cover tightly with lid, and shake until sugar dissolves.
Add vegetables to jar. Cover tightly with lid, and shake well. Chill at least 4 hours, shaking occasionally. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.