Canned Vegetable Salad

Canned salad with a variety of vegetables including cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes mixed in a sweet vinegar juice.

canned vegetable salad

Do you enjoy canning during the vegetable season? I sure do. I even have a special canning storage room. Yup sure do. We have guests over very frequently. Many times guests arrive unexpected and other times I just don’t have vegetables handy for a quick salad or just don’t have the time to prepare one. That’s when all of those canned goods come in handy.

This vegetable salad filled with cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions is superb. It doesn’t take long to can and it goes great during the winter days. I prefer cherry tomatoes with this salad. When I was canning this salad to put up on the blog though, large tomatoes were on sale so I just got those and used them. Either will do. If canning is something you enjoy try the Canned Zucchini recipe.


2 ½ lbs cabbage

2 ½ lbs carrots

2 ½ lbs cucumbers

2 lbs onions

2 lbs tomatoes

1 ½ cups oil

1 ¼ cups vinegar

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 ½ Tbsp canning salt

7 (32 oz) canning jars


Preparing the cans. Wash jars, lids and bands in hot soapy water and rinse well. I personally just place the jars in the oven on the lowest heat to keep them warm. Or you can place a towel over the cans to keep them warm once you have washed them. I prefer my cans warm to minimize the possibility of the cans breaking when adding hot ingredients. (Do not place the bands and lids in oven if that is the method you will use.)

Shred the cabbage.

Grate half the carrots and slice the rest into thin slices. (I usually grate the thicker end of the carrot and slice the rest.)

Cut onions in half and slice very thin, then cut slices in half. If it’s a larger onion cut into smaller pieces.

canned salad

Slice cucumbers. (If it’s a larger cucumber first cut in half then makes a thick slices.)

Cut the tomatoes. If it’s a cherry tomato, just slice it in half. For a larger tomato the tomato in half and then slice into about 4-6 slices, depending how large the tomato is.

Place all the ingredients into a large pot and mix well.

For the syrup; in a medium pot combine the oil, vinegar, sugar and canning salt. Mix. Bring the syrup to a boil. (All the sugar should dissolve.)

Pour the syrup into the pot with all the veggies. Place on stove top and cook the salad on high heat for 15 minutes. Mix about 5 times while the salad is cooking. (Cabbage should be tender but cucumbers still have a bit of a crunch to them.)

canned vegetable salad

Fill a large stockpot with water, enough water so when jars are submerged there is about an inch of the jar without water. Put down the canning rack (if you have one) and a small kitchen towel. I always like to do both but you can do either one or the other. Bring water to a boil.

Meanwhile, when the salad is done cooking fill each jar with the salad. I like to use a large spoon with holes so the syrup remains in the pot. Then once I distribute all of the salad I take a cup and distribute the remaining syrup amongst the jars.

Wipe any food from the rim of the jars. Close lid. Lightly twist on the band, NOT too tight. Add jars to water, cook 7 minutes. Remove jars from water. Tighten bands all the way.

canned salad

Lay out a towel or small blanket on table or counter top, flip all jar. Cover jars with a towel or blanket and let it sit this way for about 12 hours or overnight.

Will stay good in a cool place for at least a year. I have had some much longer and they taste great.

canned vegetable salad


Valentina's Corner

Show 23 Comments
  • Nella 09/24/2016, 12:35 am Link Reply

    Hi, really would like to try this next week…looks very good! Do you know once jars are filled can I just put them in oven for like 15 min and then tighten lids? or it has to be the water bath that they go in? I’m asking because I canned some pickles and I put in oven…Thanks for help, Nella

    • admin 09/24/2016, 12:42 pm Link Reply

      Hi there Nella, honestly I’ve never tried doing it that but I think it would work great, I would do more like 20 minutes though. Without fully trying, I cannot be 100% sure on results. This salad recipe is so good though. Our favorite during winter. I’d love your feedback if you do it. P.S. Can I ask how you do your pickles in oven? I’d love to try it?. ☺

  • James Walker 08/11/2016, 5:04 pm Link Reply


    This recipe looks delicious as is & I’ll probably try it! But I wondering if there’s a way to can the tomato, cucumber & onion summer salad that my mom & grandma always made. Really simple–just those ingredients, with some herbs like fresh basil and prepared or homemade Italian dressing. Let it marinate and enjoy! It gets better the longer it sits, but it’s not the same with awful “winter” tomatoes! So, I was wondering if I could can it? An ideas?


    • admin 08/19/2016, 1:42 am Link Reply

      James, hhhmmm that sounds fabulous but I’ve never canned that. I’ll have to dug in my mom’s recipe book and see if we have a recipe for something like that… Thank you for the idea☺..

  • Inna 05/30/2016, 11:02 pm Link Reply

    Can’t wait to try the recipe! I couldn’t find a recipe for pickles and canned tomatoes on the website. Do you have those posted? Thanks!

    • admin 06/02/2016, 10:46 am Link Reply

      Thank you Innka.! I love this salad, can it EVERY year!. I actually do have a pickles recipe ready to post, will do so asap, they are so crunchy and delish!. Also, did you see my canned Zucchini (recipe HERE) I make so much of those!! They are out of this world delicious!. We probably can 100 jars a year of those:)..

  • lily 07/31/2015, 11:26 pm Link Reply

    ohhh & is cooking that salad before canning a must?

    • admin 08/09/2015, 11:21 pm Link Reply

      Hello Lilly, for this particular recipe, cooking before hand is a must. Because cooking time is SOO SOO little, it tastes so fresh and crispy. 🙂 You can barely tell it’s a canned salad :)..

  • lily 07/31/2015, 11:23 pm Link Reply

    hi, do you have this recipe in russian? also i was wondering if you have canned bread & buttered sliced pickles recipe? i was looking for this recipe everywhere & american blogs aren’t clear enough on how to make them.

    • admin 08/09/2015, 11:22 pm Link Reply

      Hello Lily,
      You know what I have an amazing recipe for those pickles, I will try to dig it up and post it while canning.. :)Thanks for the reminder.

      • lily 08/10/2015, 5:23 pm Link

        awesome awesome =). i love sliced bread & buttered pickles in a jar but i need a good recipe for it. so i’ll be checking your blog from time to time & hopefully you get a chance to post it. but thank you for the response & answers that i needed. also i love your recipes too definitely one of my favorite blogs. favorite in my browser =).

      • admin 08/11/2015, 12:07 am Link

        Awee Lily thank you. Truly appreciate the comment. Comments like yours give encouragement to continue blogging. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • lily 08/11/2015, 1:47 am Link

        your welcome & i meant bookmarked in my favorites folder. also i am looking forward to more of your amazing russian recipes.

  • Paula 10/17/2014, 11:43 am Link Reply

    Can I use a cucumbers from the store as I do not have it in my garden anymore?

    • admin 10/17/2014, 1:08 pm Link Reply

      Oh yes. Any cucumbers may be used:)

  • Lily 09/11/2014, 2:28 pm Link Reply

    This has got to be the yummiest canning salad. Except my husband likes things really salty so I added more salt. Thanks for this awesome recipe. Do u have any good canning tomatoes recipe?

    • admin 09/12/2014, 1:29 pm Link Reply

      Thank you. Yes, the amount of salt can definitely be altered.
      Yes, I have a few I will be posting in a few weeks. 🙂

  • valyastasteofhome 09/09/2014, 8:00 pm Link Reply

    Valentina I want to try to make this recipe. It looks good. That is a lot of onion! I am not a onion fan. I will let you know how we like it.

    • admin 09/09/2014, 8:49 pm Link Reply

      Oh you can definitely add a little less onion, maybe add more cucumbers instead.. 🙂 I would love to know how you liked the results.

  • Venera Cherevko 09/09/2014, 9:45 am Link Reply

    Valechka, you are an amazing cook! I’m going to attempt all of your recipes little by little 🙂 Now I want to visit you guys even more to be able to try your delicious food! 🙂 God bless!

    • admin 09/09/2014, 8:48 pm Link Reply

      You are making me blush;)..
      Oh yes, PLEASE, pretty please come for a visit. We will be so happy to have you. It will be such a treat!.. 🙂

  • Tatyana 08/17/2014, 3:28 pm Link Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your way of canning veges. I can’t wait to try. Thank you for your time and dedication and for sharing your great recipes! I love your blog, you’re doing an amazing job! May God bless you and keep up your great work!

    • admin 08/18/2014, 11:53 am Link Reply

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I am very humbled!. Hope you enjoy this salad as much as our family does..;)

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