Sweet Bell Pepper Salad with Fresh Tarragon

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!

Ingredients:

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.
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