Healthy Sides: Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

August 31, 2015
Is there anything fresher than perfectly ripened tomatoes right off the vine? How about pickling your own, as a last homage to the beautiful and abundant bounty of summer? Red, ripe, juicy goodness, infused with fresh sour/spicy sharpness and complemented by notes of additional layered-on seasonings- pickled goodness to perfection. As the last waves of summer’s now stale and withered outstretched hands grasp at our bodies, as she blows her final kisses of scorching sunlight, and offers her last hugs of prickling heat, we are left in a mixed state. A state of being in which we wave a partially sweet, somewhat sorrowful goodbye to summer, while feeling uncertain excitement for a brand new season almost upon us. I grow my own tomatoes, as I stepped outside to water them the other day, I reached out my hand and grabbed a tiny perfectly shaped tomato. I stared down at the bright and beautiful juicy product of summer’s perfection in my hand. I realized with a pang of stark realization, that it all was true. This ruby red bit of nature’s grace was part of the last crop of the season. Before the season turned I needed to create something wonderful with the perfect little tomato resting my palm. That’s how the idea of pickling tomatoes came to me. Ok, so we all know that you can buy a tomato anytime of the year. However, it is the last time this year to get the best home-grown or open air market bought- utterly delicious kind. It was a somewhat emotional experience for me as I blended seasonings trying to achieve a delicate balance between sour, spiciness, and natural tomato flavors. Tart, slightly spicy, with a decided kick, these tomatoes will add flavor and zest to practically anything. Use them on sandwiches, add to salads, to pasta, as a side dish, or alone. This is really simple recipe, the only true time involved is that is in waiting for them to pickle. The ingredients are all great for you. Here are only a few of the many benefits you'll enjoy. Tomatoes- Help to shield your bones, prevent heart disease, and aid in weight control. Dill- is anti-bacterial, has a calming effect on your body, and helps with digestive issues. Onion- regulates blood sugar, boosts immunity, and helps to prevent cancer. Carrots- High in Vitamin C and K, they'll keep your teeth and gums strong, also high in fiber. Try the easy-to-make recipe below.
Healthy Sides: Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Healthy Sides: Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

utensils YIELDS 4-6 servings
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  • 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Avacado Oil
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/2 of 1 medium-sized Carrot
  • 1 sprig Dill
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Small Onion
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1. In a large saucepan over a medium heat, boil the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Once it reaches boiling, remove from heat. 2. Thinly slice the garlic, onion, and carrot. 3. In a skillet, heat the oil, adding the garlic, black pepper, crushed red pepper, jalapeno, onion, dill, carrots and tomatoes constantly stirring for about 1-2 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat. Let cool for 3-5 minutes. 5. Pour into a glass bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Leave for an hour. Then, either leave in the bowl or pour into small mason jars. Refrigerate for about 7 more hours. Enjoy :)
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Alexandra Kudukis is a freelance journalist currently writing for Dirva, Draugas News, and Draugas Newspapers, contributing articles in both English and Lithuanian. She began her informal journalistic training at the tender age of four when she began attending concerts with her mother’s best friend Jane Scott, the premier rock music reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Everything she knows from the structure of a good article to conducting an engaging interview- including how to be gracious and kind even in the most difficult of situations, she learned from Jane. She has completed her first novel, a dynamic struggle of a woman letting go of childhood dreams while attempting to balance a horric home life and burgeoning career. Alexandra has also just completed her first full-length screenplay chronicling the young adult lives of children from Eastern European families, misfits trying (and failing) to find success as first generation Americans. She has an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University, which has provided her a broad base on which to base her career.Her blog details the trials and triumphs of an aspiring writer. She studied German and Russian as an undergraduate and loves to travel. Alexandra currently resides in Fountain Valley, CA with her animal companions, two cats Isabella and Victoria and Pierre, a rescue pigeon.


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