Tempting Tomato Cups Recipe
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Tempting Tomato Cups Recipe

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"For as long as I can remember, I've eaten this pretty salad in the summer when fresh tomatoes are so good," recalls Carla Browning of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. "Brimming with a crunchy filling, it makes a wonderful light lunch or can replace a green salad at dinner."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:3 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 3 servings


  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Sliced ripe olives, optional

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with low-sodium saltines and fat-free mayonnaise and without garlic salt and olives) equals 129 calories, 284 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 25 gm carbohydrate, 3 gm protein, 2 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable 1/2 fat.


  1. Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/4-in.-thick shell, scoop out pulp (discard pulp or save for another use). Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, celery, green pepper, onion, mayonnaise, garlic salt if desired and pepper; mix well. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with olives if desired. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Tempting Tomato Cups in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p10

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Great combination of flavors! Especially good with tomatoes fresh from the garden."

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