Giardiniera is a great pickled "vegetable" to keep in the fridge for sandwiches and salads. The recipe can be halved if desired. Excerpted from "Mad Hungry Cravings" by Lucinda Scala Quinn, Artisan Books, March 2013.
Combine the vinegar, water, salt, sugar, bay leaf, cloves, and celery seeds in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid.