This clean, quick, and easy recipe tastes just like my childhood summers to me. My mother used to make it, and I always loved it—even after I learned how she made it, which seemed just plain weird. I think it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. It’s so easy it will take you only five minutes to prepare. All you need are some garden-fresh tomatoes, green peppers, vinegar, sugar, and salt. If you don’t have the garden-fresh tomatoes, then, frankly, don’t bother.
Because the salad is so fresh tasting and clean (no oil necessary), it’s the perfect accompaniment to my fried country chicken.
Sweet-and-Sour Tomato-Pepper Salad
- 3 ripe tomatoes (still warm from the garden if you can do it)
- 1 or 2 green peppers
- 1 Tablespoon or less of sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh ground pepper, if you want it
1. Slice the tomatoes in a serving bowl.
2. Layer with sliced green peppers.
3. Sprinkle with sugar.
4. Pour the apple cider vinegar on top.
5. Add a pinch of salt (and pepper if you choose). Serve!
For a complete summer-meal memory of the kind of food I ate when I was growing up, I make this salad, then serve it with Ardie’s Garlic Chicken and fresh corn on the cob with melted butter.