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Firehouse Tomato Salad – Recipe

Firehouse Tomato Salad – Recipe

This is a quick-and-easy version of a traditional recipe called Fire and Ice Tomatoes popular in firehouses. Itís simple to throw together and can be made ahead and left to sit in the fridge while you deal with more pressing things–but it delivers perfect tomato taste every time.

A great way to enjoy those ripe tomatoes!


6 ripe tomatoes, sliced thin
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar or Succanat

1. Layer the tomatoes, onion, and green pepper in a nonreactive dish.

2. Whisk together the vinegar, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and sugar with 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and pour over vegetables. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serve chilled.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from Prairie Home Cooking by Judith M. Fertig (Harvard Common Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Judith M. Fertig. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Prairie Home Cooking by Judith M. Fertig (Harvard Common Press, 1999).

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2:35AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Good post, thanks for sharing.

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11:10AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Sounds great, would make a nice relish as well.

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10:35AM PDT on May 12, 2012

Sounds yummy! Grilled cheese sandwiches with slices of tomato would be good right now too. Grow tomato plants Grow!

3:31PM PDT on May 1, 2012

I live in England so will not be able to begin to harvest my tomato crop until late August but when I do I am going to give this receipe a try.

11:43PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Sound delicious. I can't wait to make it from my home grown tomatoes(first time planting).

10:33PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Sounds delicious.

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