Elaines Heart-Healthy Tomato-Pepper Appetizer Recipe

Elaines Heart-Healthy Tomato-Pepper Appetizer Recipe


  • 2 medium-sized, ripe, firm tomatoes
  • ½ green sweet bell pepper
  • ½ yellow sweet bell pepper
  • ½ orange sweet bell pepper
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 ½ tsp dried or 2 ½ tsp fresh chives
  • ¼ cup carrot shreds
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/8th tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp classic italian salad dressing
  • 1 cup shredded green leaf lettuce


  1. Cut the top off both tomatoes
  2. Reserve tops!
  3. Scoop out tomatoes, reserving contents
  4. Shred the lettuce with a plastic knife. (metal or steel rusts the lettuce)
  5. In a mini-processor, finely chop the peppers individually, placing each color into separate dishes
  6. Finely process the shallots, placing into a separate dish
  7. Place tomato contents you scooped out, chives, ginger, and carrot into the mini-processor and liquefy
  8. On small salad plates, lay a bed of half the lettuce on each plate
  9. Fill tomatoes with layers of the peppers and shallots
  10. Place tomatoes on the lettuce bases
  11. Add 1 tbsp each of the Italian salad dressing, and replace the tomato tops
  12. Place some peppers around the lettuce bases
  13. Add 4 generous dollops of the liquefied tomato blend around the tomatoes
  14. Refrigerate until serving

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