Sweet Green Tomato Pickles

Go beyond green fried tomatoes and try our delicious green tomato pickles. Serve these sweet and tangy pickles as an appetizer on a charcuterie board or as a side with your favourite barbecued meats.  

Yield: Makes 3 pint jars (500 mL each)

Sweet Green Tomato Pickles


  • 3 1/2 lb small green tomatoes (about 18)
  • 3 tbsp pickling salt
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 3 cups sliced onions
  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 hot pepper, finely chopped


  1. Slice tomatoes 1/4 inch thick. Place in a nonreactive container. Sprinkle with salt and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight; rinse and drain thoroughly.
  2. To prepare pickling liquid, combine vinegar, sugar, brown sugar and spices in a non-reactive Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Add onions; return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes and peppers and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Ladle into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles with a narrow rubber spatula or plastic knife. Add additional pickling liquid, if required, to maintain headspace. Wipe jar rims thoroughly with a clean damp cloth.
  5. Seal and process in a boiling water bath. At altitudes up to 1000 ft, process 15 minutes. For altitudes of 1001 - 3000 ft, process 20 minutes. For altitudes of 3001 – 6000 ft, process 25 minutes.
Nutritional analysis per 1/4 cup serving:


106 calories, 0.6 g fat, 2.2 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 2.2 g fibre, 893 mg sodium

Tip: Hot peppers cause severe skin and eye irritation. Wear rubber gloves when handling hot peppers and avoid touching any exposed skin.