Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Pretty Pickled Pepper
It’s that time of year again, when my family gets together and has a canning exchange. I wanted to do something that was not typical jam – plus I was the slightest bit lazy this year. I’d made this pickled pepper salad a few months ago and Andy loved it. I figured this one would be easy, it needed to be in the fridge – but would go well. When I first made it I couldn’t find the tiny sweet peppers. I just used bell peppers – it turned out great. When I went to make the 12 jars? I found the little peppers – oh so cute! Oh… bad Erin. What a pain to get all the seeds and ribs out of those silly little peppers. Needless to say – use bell peppers! They are MUCH easier to clean and deal with. Anyway… this one? A winner. A light refreshing pepper salad good with just about anything. And you don’t need jars! Just make it, put it in a bowl and serve… that works just as well.
Pickled Salad (makes about 1 qt)
What you need!
1/2 English cucumber, seeded & julienne
1/2 large red onion, peeled & julienne
8 oz sweet peepers (about 8), seeded & julienne
5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup ice
1 oz mustard seeds
Prep and combine cucumber, red onion, sweet peppers & garlic.
Combine vinegar, sugar, salt and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute our until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add ice to cool vinegar mixture. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 3 days.
Note: Salad may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.