Nordic pickles

Nordic pickles

Category: Snack/side dish | Serves: Each pickle serves 2

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 0 minutes


Seasoned vinegar for each pickle:

20ml (4 tsp) cider or white wine vinegar

¼ tsp granulated or caster sugar

¼ tsp salt


Cucumber and Dill Pickle

115g (4oz) cucumber, very thinly sliced

1 small shallot, thinly sliced

½ tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill


Cabbage and Fennel Pickle

115g (4oz) firm cabbage, thinly shredded

55g (2oz) fennel, thinly sliced

¼ tsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Carrot and Radish Pickle

115g (4oz) carrot, thinly pared with a vegetable parer

55g (2oz) radish, thinly sliced (about 4 radishes)

25g (1oz) red onion, thinly sliced

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, chives or basil


Beetroot and Horseradish Pickle

225g (8oz) cooked, peeled beetroot, cut into thin sticks (if you are cooking the beetroot yourself, start with about 350g of raw, trimmed beetroot)

½ tsp grated fresh horseradish

2 tsp chopped fresh dill


Toss together the ingredients for each pickle with one quantity of the seasoned vinegar. Cover and keep chilled until ready to use then leave out at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature for maximum flavour.

The pickles are best eaten fresh and crunchy on the day of making but if you keep them for a day or two, store in the fridge and splash a little more vinegar into the mixture when serving to freshen the flavour. Not suitable for home freezing.

Cook's tips

  • Delicious served with simple summer foods such as fresh salmon rubbed with a paste of turmeric, crushed garlic and fresh lemon juice, plain grilled mackerel fillets or lean beef koftas. Combining them with lower-salt foods like this will help balance out the salt content of the meal as a whole.
  • Use whatever herbs you enjoy or may have in the garden - strong flavours like dill, coriander, chives and basil work well with the vinegar.

Cucumber and dill pickle

Nutrition information for cucumber and dill pickle

Cabbage and fennel pickle

Nutrition information for cabbage and fennel pickle 

Carrot and radish pickle

Nutrition information for carrot and radish pickle 

Beetroot and horseradish pickle

Nutrition information for beetroot and horseradish pickle