Low-Sodium Pickled Cherries


  • 3 Cups  unsweetened cherries, fresh or frozen
  • cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  •   1/2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and roughly diced
  • medium orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 1/2 Cup  distilled apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2  Cup  distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup  granulated white sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon  black peppercorns
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground tumeric
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground cinnamon

Trying to lower your sodium intake but can't do without that olive in your martini? These pickled cherries will give your cocktail that pickled bite without the salt. 


Stuff the cherries, garlic, ginger, and orange zest into a container with a tightly fitting lid and set aside.

In a saucepan or small pot, mix 1 cup water with the apple cider vinegar, distilled white vinegar, sugar, juice from the orange, black peppercorns, turmeric, and cinnamon. Bring the pickling liquid to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat and allow the liquid to cool, at least 20 minutes or longer if you are using plastic containers.

When the liquid is lukewarm to the touch, carefully pour it into your container, covering the cherries. If there is not enough liquid, add a bit more apple cider vinegar. And if you have extra cherries, don’t panic. The ones in the container will most likely shrink a little in the hot liquid. So when there’s extra space, go ahead and add the leftover cherries to the container.

Finally, place the lid on the container and close tightly. Give it 5-6 good shakes to mix up all the pickling juices and stick it in the fridge to cool.

In 48 hours, the cherries will be ready for munching. Resist the urge to taste before then, because the longer you wait, the more "pickly" they will be. But do try to finish them off within 2 weeks — which won’t be hard. And serve them on their own; as a complement to a cheese plate (for your salt-eating friends); or as a gift to your next host or hostess.


Calories per serving:

112 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat, Low Sodium Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 1g 2%
  • Carbs 149g 50%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 15g 59%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 122g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 7g 15%
  • Sodium 25mg 1%
  • Calcium 196mg 20%
  • Magnesium 97mg 24%
  • Potassium 1,660mg 47%
  • Iron 3mg 18%
  • Zinc 1mg 5%
  • Phosphorus 171mg 24%
  • Vitamin A 33µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 130mg 217%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 14%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 74µg 19%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 4%
  • Vitamin K 13µg 16%
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