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Easy Homemade Cucumber Relish

This fresh relish is delicious as a side dish on its own, or serve over grilled chicken or fish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes
Servings 9 pints
Author Amee


  • 12 large cucumbers peeled, cored and chopped
  • 4 green bell peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 large onions peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup pickling salt or kosher salt 
  • 1 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 ½ cups natural brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 tablespoon mustard seed
  • cold white vinegar to cover


  • Place chopped cucumbers and ¼ cup salt in a colander over a bowl and toss to combine. Cover, refrigerate and allow to drain overnight. You will have a large amount of water in the bowl the next morning.
  • Drain and rinse cucumbers in ice cold water, filling the bowl. Drain well; this helps to remove the excess salt.  
  • Chop peppers and onions. Add to cucumbers.
  • In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, horseradish, celery seed and mustard seed. Let sit at room temperature until sugar dissolves. Add to cucumber mixture and then add enough vinegar to cover.
  • Bottle in your favorite jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks, freeze, or give as gifts to friends.