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Heirloom Tomato Pickles

With fresh garlic and herbs, these pickles are a tasty way to preserve and enjoy a bounty of heirloom tomatoes.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Fermenting Time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days 30 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Fermented, GAPS, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Adapted from Herb Companion


  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes vertically quartered (try mixing different kinds, including green or cherry tomatoes in your batch!)
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs chopped (I like to use lemon basil and oregano)
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar (optional only for speed pickles. Do not use if fermenting.)


  • Place tomato slices, garlic and other herbs into a clean, sterile 16-ounce glass jar until about 3/4 full.
  • Dissolve sea salt in water to create brine solution. Stir until salt is dissolved. Add vinegar, if using.
  • Add lemon juice to the mixture, if using.
  • Pour liquid in jar to cover tomatoes and herbs. Add more filtered water if necessary, so you only leave about an inch of room at the top.
  • Close the jar and leave on your counter for 7–10 days (or longer if you prefer) until naturally pickled by fermentation. Unless you are using an airlock lid, loosen the lid a little every two days to let built-up carbon dioxide out.
  • Or, if using vinegar for speed pickles, refrigerate for about an hour until chilled. (Better if left to marinate longer.)


Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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