Tomato and Pepper Appetizers

If you’re like me, you’re still using what you have in the garden.  Something simple is perfect in this heat, and this is a light, delicious recipe to help you stay cool.

Tomato and Pepper Appetizers

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16


  • 2 (4.5 oz) cans tuna packed in olive oil, do not drain (or use chopped cooked shrimp or chicken)
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced artichoke hearts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 2-4 TBSP chopped black olives
  • 2 TBSP capers
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Granulated garlic powder
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Tomato halves, seeds removed
  • Small green pepper halves, seeds and veins removed
  • Thin slices onion


  1. Mix together first 11 ingredients.
  2. Spoon into tomato and pepper halves.
  3. Place a couple strips of onion on each.
  4. Optional ingredients: smoked paprika, crushed walnuts, chopped pickled jalapeno