Sweet Bell Pepper Salad with Fresh Tarragon

Beautiful,  red bell peppers are on sale this week at Mother Earth’s, so it was time to once again test out this recipe. The first time around (1.5 years ago), I received very positive reviews.  I was pleased to see that the customers were as equally satisfied this time as well. Thank you customers!

Ingredients:

4 cups sweet bell peppers: red, orange, and/or yellow—thinly sliced
4 tablesppons white or red onion—finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon—finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablesoons tangerine vinegar (one of ME’s bulk vinegars)
2 tablspons extra virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon 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.
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