Heart Healthy Tomato Pepper Appetizer

Heart Healthy Tomato Pepper Appetizer

High in Vitamin C, and a wealth of other vitamins and minerals, this colorful appetizer will gracefully enhance any meal.


  • 2 medium ripe firm tomatoes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried or 2 1/2 tsp fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp classic Italian salad dressing
  • 1 cup shredded green leaf lettuce


  1. Cut tops off tomatoes and reserve. Scoop out tomatoes, reserving contents.
  2. Shred lettuce. In a mini processor, finely chop peppers individually, placing each color into separate dishes. Finely process shallots, placing into a separate dish.
  3. Place tomato contents, chives, ginger, and carrot into mini processor and liquefy. On small salad plates, lay a bed of lettuce on each plate. Fill tomatoes with layers of peppers and shallots. Place tomatoes on lettuce bases, add 1 tbsp Italian dressing, and replace tomato tops. Place some peppers around lettuce bases. Add 4 generous dollops of liquefied tomato blend around tomatoes then refrigerate until serving.

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