Varieties and uses
In the United States, giardiniera is commonly available in traditional or spicy varieties, and the latter is sometimes referred to as "Hot Mix".
A milder variety of giardiniera is used for the olive salad in the muffuletta sandwich.
Chicago giardiniera is commonly made "hot" with sport peppers or "mild" without, along with a combination of assorted vegetables, including bell peppers, celery, carrots, cauliflower, serano peppers and gherkins, and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes, all marinated in vegetable oil, olive oil, soybean oil, or any combination of the three.
On the West coast of the United States it is common to see it pickled in vinegar.
Giardiniera is a very versatile condiment that can be used on a variety of different foods such as Bratwurst, Bruschetta, Burgers, Pasta Salad, Eggs ( Omelets), Italian Beef, Hot Dogs, Pasta, Pizza, Sandwich, Tuna Salad & much more!