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6 Pickle Recipes That Are Great for Gut Health | Good+Good

6 Pickle Recipes That Are Great for Gut Health |  Good+Good

lLet’s face it: Every time you order a sandwich, you’re doing it 100 percent for the pickles side. Plus, when your lunch buddy orders a sandwich, you secretly hope they’ll give you theirs too. However, if you reserve your own personal jars of bread and butter, dill and sour pickles for burger night and sandwiches, I’m sorry to report that your pickles aren’t living up to their full potential. And to prove it, we scoured the web for the best pickle recipes.

Now there are plenty of reasons to include pickles in your meals that go well beyond their satisfying, salty taste. High quality pickles (minimal processing varieties that you buy at the farmers market or make at home) are considered fermented foods and have valuable probiotic properties. Fermentation ensures that the sugars in cucumbers break down and turn into lactic acidthat is super beneficial for the intestines.

“The micronutrient profile of pickles is relatively similar to that of cucumbers, which contain vitamins A, C and multiple B vitamins, as well as calcium, potassium and fiber, although in relatively low amounts.” —Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN

While pickles are best known for these probiotic benefits, they also provide vitamins and minerals your body needs for daily functioning. “The micronutrient profile of pickles is relatively similar to that of cucumbers, which contain vitamins A, C and multiple B vitamins, as well as calcium, potassium and fiber, although in relatively low amounts.” Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, previously told Well+Good. And, in a bizarre twist, pickles can even help curb muscle cramps.

It’s a weird list of benefits – I’ll give you that. But hey, pickles are kind of the lunch table crazies. If you’re ready to fully embrace your identity as a pickle, go ahead and scroll down for six recipes that will help you put the fermented fruit in just about… anything.

6 pickle recipes for creative meals your taste buds will love

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1. Pickle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you’re trying to mix up your usual lunch rotation, consider this an easy way out so far another boring salad. This sourdough sandwich has all the charms of a classic grilled cheese and adds dill pickles for some extra saltiness. You could even go on the wild side and opt for pickles with bread and butter instead of their savory counterparts.

To really take it over the edge, this recipe even includes a little spice mix that you spread on the bread along with the butter, so you’re ready for a delicious lunch or dinner.

2. Crispy Airfryer Dill Pickles

If you have company for dinner and you want to wow their taste buds with something special, these air-fried pickles are the answer. You roll them in breadcrumbs before tossing them into your trusty airfryer and waiting patiently. Serve them with an easy tzatziki sauce, cheese dip, or buffalo ranch sauce. Warning: They can outshine anything else you cook.

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3. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

For a cooler pickle dish that you can take to a summer barbecue or enjoy on the porch, this is it. This creamy recipe contains pickles and pickle juice so the fermented fruit is sure to shine through.

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4. Dill Pickle Dip

Another great hors d’oeuvres option, this dip goes well with chips, raw vegetables, or crackers. Technically this is dill pickle dip, so you can also experience the aromatic qualities of the fresh herb.

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5. Easy dill pickle the Gallo Salsa

You can scoop your pickles with this easy recipe. Chop up your pickles, jalapeños, peppers, yellow onions and garlic and you’re ready to grab your chips and snack. You can also use this as a taco topping or a fresh topping for taco salads.

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6. Creamy garlic and dill pickle pizza

I know what you’re thinking: pickles??? on pizza??? Don’t knock on it until you’ve tried it. (I mean, just think of the first person to put pineapple on pizza.) Sarah, the absolute genius behind Away From the Box food blog, combines pickles with garlic, mozzarella and fresh dill for slices you’ll never forget.

Ready to pickle… other stuff? Try this pickled chickpea tsukemen recipe that comes together in 30 minutes: