Beautiful, local sweet bell peppers are now in season in the Hudson Valley. I used all three colors in this recipe, but if you have only one, that is fine. I tested out this recipe for the first time this week, and I was quite surprised by the positive responses (it was well received). It’s great to get immediate feedback. Thank you customers!
4 cups sweet bell peppers: red, orange, and/or yellow—thinly sliced
4 tbs. white or red onion—finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh tarragon (or more, if desired)—finely chopped
1 tsp. fresh chopped basil
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
3 tbs. tangerine vinegar (one of ME’s bulk vinegars)
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt–or to taste
Combine all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl. Stir well. To increase flavor, allow the salad to marinade before serving. Serve cool or cold.
Health Benefits of Bell Peppers
- One cup will give you more than your daily quota of Vitamin A and C! They contain plenty of vitamin C, which powers up your immune system and keeps skin youthful. The highest amount of Vitamin C in a bell pepper is concentrated in the red variety.
- Red bell peppers contain several phytochemicals and carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene, which lavish you with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
- The capsaicin in bell peppers has multiple health benefits. Studies show that it reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, controls diabetes, brings relief from pain and eases inflammation.
- If cooked for a short period on low heat, bell peppers retain most of their sweet, almost fruity flavor and flavonoid content, which is a powerful nutrient.
- The sulfur content in bell peppers makes them play a protective role in certain types of cancers.
- The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which is known to play a key role in keeping skin and hair looking youthful.
- Bell peppers also contain vitamin B6, which is essential for the health of the nervous system and helps renew cells.
- Certain enzymes in bell peppers, such as lutein, protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.