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Fire and Ice Tomatoes

You won't miss the salt in this refreshing tomato salad! It's well-seasoned with cayenne pepper, mustard seed and vinegar but not the least bit spicy. This dish is always a hit at potlucks. —Nan Rickey, Yuma, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 5 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced


  • Place tomatoes and onion in a large heatproof nonreactive bowl. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, sugar, water, mustard seed and cayenne; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring to dissolve sugar; pour carefully over tomato mixture. Cool completely.
  • Stir in cucumber. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 72 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Jun 8, 2018

    I know you said we would not miss the salt. Sorry, we had to salt the tomatoes wedges first. Next time a few slices of Mozzarella.

  • maryHodges
    May 16, 2015

    Now a summer staple at our house!

  • cheriwinkle
    Aug 13, 2012

    This is a delightful recipe! The cayenne gives just an extra little spark (but can easily be left out if you have someone-like my dad-who absolutely can't eat pepper). Great to keep on hand when your garden is going crazy!

  • yourdime2
    Jun 26, 2010

    I have made this recipe many times for potlucks and it is always a hit.

  • twinkle8o3
    Aug 15, 2009

    It was very good and easy to prepare too. I'll probably make it again but with some slight modifications as my husband said it "needed something."

  • Shalan1234
    Jul 5, 2009

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  • JeannieP
    Jun 17, 2009

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