Extraordinary Giardiniera

  

My love for pickles extends to the colorful Old World jars of giardiniera.  Not fancified or modernized with wasabi or heirloom beets, the combo of carrots and cauliflower are preserved in a white wine vinegar, that’s it.  Usually when I pick up a jar, it is the dustiest product on the shelf.

Paired with another dusty product on my shelf, herbes de provence, it makes for a Mediterranean influenced chicken salad.  The pickled giardiniera gives the immediacy of crunch and tanginess, whereas the herbes de provence add a fragrant undertone that lingers against the plain canvas of shredded chicken and mayonnaise.  A little old makes for a lot of good.

Giardiniera Chicken Salad

-dice 1/2 cup giardiniera

-combine 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1T giardiniera juice, 1t herbes de provence, 1/4t black pepper, giardiniera, and 2T minced basil, optional

-serve over greens or in a sandwich

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