Pick a peck of—well, anything! Add a vinegar brine, let stand in the fridge, and you have a breezy summer salad of pickled veggies, fruits, or both.
Simple to make, brine is the sauce that converts veggies into pickled treats. The key to a great brine is choice of vinegar. White vinegar gives the clearest, crispest brine, while apple cider vinegar makes a darker, tastier brine. Rice vinegar creates a subtle Asian-flavor brine, and Champagne or white balsamic vinegar pairs best with fruit. Red wine vinegar provides a deep color, rich‑tasting brine.
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