Fire & Ice Tomatoes

Now here's a taste I grew up enjoying.

Bobby tells me the farmer's market will soon have the last round of ripe tomatoes before the fall crop ends. I can't wait, it has been a while due to the heat and humidity here that we have enjoyed fresh, homegrown tomatoes. Maybe I'll get some green ones in the mean time and fix up a batch of My Green Fried Tomatoes.
Until the ripe ones come back around, I'm starting to crave this recipe from my hometown.

Fire & Ice Tomatoes
Greenville version

3/4 cup vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup water
    Heat above ingredients over medium heat for a couple of minutes. In a large bowl layer the following:
    6 fresh tomatoes peeled & quartered or sliced
    1 bell pepper cut into bite size pieces
    1 large onion sliced in rings
    1 cucumber thinly sliced -optional
      Pour the hot marinade over the vegetables, let cool and refrigerate for several hours. Drain vegetables from the liquid before serving.

      Many folks add cucumbers and that's okay. We normally do not.

      From my cookbook Grits to Guacamole


      1. This looks refreshing, healthy and delicious. This must be good for slimming...perfect for me :D

      2. This seems like a great recipe to take advantage of the last tomatoes of the season.


      3. Wow. That looks delightful :-)

      4. Tomatoes have been so delicious this week from the local farm stand. Great way to use them!

      5. tomatoes are my favorite and with a little heat perfect for me!

      6. I have a run on cucumbers in my garden so optional they're not, at least in my home now. :-) I'm glad to have another recipe on hand to spice up the perennial tomato, onion, cucumber mix. Sounds deliciously refreshing.

      7. Hoot! That means Im getting some fresh tomatoes coming my way soon ;)

      8. That's a great way to serve the last of the tomatoes. I just bought a huge box to can. Lot's of work ahead.

      9. The last tomatoes of the year...what a sad thought. At least you will be eating them in style.

      10. YUM! I'm hoping we've got a couple more good weeks of tomatoes. This'll dinner tomorrow night :-) Kate @ kateiscooking

      11. Wow, that looks absolutely amazing. I love a cucumber, onion and tomato salad and this is a fantastic twist on that. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      12. I dread the end of tomato season and am in a mad rush to can some for winter, perfect salad love the flavors..


      13. I'm addicted to a bit of fire with nearly everything I eat, cayenne always in chocolate cake. This marinade/dressing sounds wonderful.


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