Have you ever wondered why peppers are so good for you? Not only that, they add so much flavor to any recipe. They taste great alone or with a dip, like hummus. I love them raw but sometimes cook them with a stir fry. In our house, we eat fresh peppers all the time. They also happen to be in season and very refreshing in this Florida weather. There’s nothing like a cold, fresh salad to cool you down!
So, while I was preparing the The Florida Three Pepper Salad, a fun, new recipe, I considered all the benefits Bell Peppers have.
1. Vitamin C
The red peppers have more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake and are a good source of vitamin B6 and folate. Vitamin C helps keep your skin youthful looking and help with the absorption of iron.
2. Help Burn Calories
Red peppers also help you burn more calories by activating thermogenesis and increasing metabolic rate. I’m a fan of that!
They also have phytochemicals and carotenoids, which have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit to them. Carotenoids fight the cell damage that can cause cancer.
4. Low in Calories
They are low in calories. Eating low calorie foods helps prevent diabetes.
Bell peppers also have fiber. Orange bell peppers contain 2 grams of fiber. This is great for a healthy diet.
Farmers Markets are the best places to find the freshest produce, like peppers for my recipe. It’s amazing how different the quality is when using Florida Fresh produce too. It’s important for me to use fresh and local produce in all my meals. Not just for myself, but for my family. My kids love munching on Florida Fresh Bell Peppers. It’s reassuring to know that my kids eat fresh produce!
This time I went to Del Ray Green Market. I picked up the ingredients; bell peppers, a sweet onion and parsley.
This beautiful sweet onion is huge and will be used but the recipe calls for a small sweet onion.
Of course, I picked up some other seasonal produce too; blueberries, sweet corn and watermelon are also in season now.
Florida farmers are awesome when it comes to finding fresh produce all year around. They are knowledgeable about their produce and helpful in recommending what’s good.
The gentleman from Farms of Florida recommended these amazing peaches. I brought home four and they went fast!
Besides being healthy, everything is so colorful and pretty at the farm. The Florida Three Pepper Salad is also an eye catcher and will spruce up any entree.
It’s perfect as a side dish for dinner or lunch or a Fourth of July barbecue. You just can’t go wrong! I ate it alone for lunch with some crackers (I like to soak the crackers in the bottom where the dressing is.
- 1 red Florida sweet pepper, cored and seeded
- 1 yellow Florida sweet pepper, cored and seeded
- 1 orange Florida sweet pepper, cored and seeded
- 1 small sweet onion, peeled
- 1/4 cup fresh Florida parsley or fresh Florida basil leaves, chopped
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Slice sweet peppers into matchstick-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
- Slice onion into matchstick-size pieces and add to the bowl.
- Add parsley or basil.
- Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper.
- Add rice vinegar and sesame oil, stirring to mix well.
- Cover and refrigerate approximately 1 hour before serving.
- To serve, toss salad again and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese
Don’t forget to make the dressing using rice vinegar and sesame oil and add the feta cheese. I always make a little extra dressing to keep for later in case I want to add more.
If you are like me and always on the go, you can make to-go servings in mason jars or recycled jars.
These make my life so much easier!
Also, if you’re looking for easy, check out these fresh and healthy ideas featuring Florida fruits and vegetables at Florida Fresh’s easy how-to videos.