Lynda's Favorite Zucchini Hot Dog Relish

Lynda Kolbinskie


Hands down, my all-time favorite hot dog relish! The recipe was given to me years ago by an Italian uncle. Once you try it, pickle relish won't taste as good! LOL

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We love to add relish to our hot dogs. But we've never had one with zucchini, so this recipe intrigued us. We loved it! The flavors are tasty and it really gives the hot dog an extra zing. Try it on beans and vegetables, too. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 3 votes

Makes Approx. 4 Quarts
14 Hr 30 Min
30 Min


  • 10 c
    ground zucchini (skin on)
  • 4 Tbsp
    salt (I use pickling)
  • dash(es)
    garlic salt (to your taste!)
  • 4 c
    ground onion (I like Vidalia's!)
  • 1 large
    chopped red pepper
  • 5 c
  • 1 tsp
    dry mustard
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg (ground)
  • 1/2 tsp
    pepper (black or white)
  • 1 large
    chopped green pepper
  • 2 c
    white vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    corn starch
  • 2 tsp
    celery seed

How to Make Lynda's Favorite Zucchini Hot Dog Relish


  1. Grind 10 cups of zucchini and place in large pot (with a lid). Add the salt and garlic salt. Cover with cold water and soak overnight. (I add lots of ice cubes and place pot in a cool place. If not, put it in the fridge!)
  2. The following morning, drain and rinse well in a large colander. Return to pot and add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Seal in jars while the relish is very hot.
  3. Place jars in canning pot and cover with water. Boil the submerged jars for at least 15-20 minutes to make sure seals are airtight. Remove jars from canning pot with tongs and place on a towel in your sink until they cool (this prevents jars from cracking).
  4. After opening a jar of relish, store opened jars in the fridge!

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About Lynda's Favorite Zucchini Hot Dog Relish

Course/Dish: Other Sauces Spreads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: The Great Tailgate!
Other Tag: Healthy

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