Capsicum Salad

This is my salad of the day for today:

Capsicum (green, red and dark purple), kyuri, baby radish, toasted walnut, toasted almond, Furikake, Nori and a drizzle of roasted sesame dressing.

This capsicum salad is really yummy and refreshing. I love the crunchiness and freshness of the sweet capsicum.  I especially love the vibrant colors in my bowl of salad, packed with loads of nutrients and vitamins.

Recently, I saw purple and brown capsicum at our neighborhood supermarket. I was intrigued as I never knew that capsicum comes in these 2 interesting colors too!  We have always only been buying capsicum in the traffic light colors.

Below: a purple capsicum

Purple Beauty

Capsicums are really something to chew on! Check out the health benefits:

Capsicum or bell pepper contains an impressive list of plant nutrients that found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Unlike other fellow chili peppers, it has low calories and fats. 100 g provides just 31 calories.

Capsicum contains small levels of health benefiting alkaloid compound, capsaicin. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously, it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

What Color Pepper Is the Healthiest?

Capsicums are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant believed to lower the risk of certain cancers, such as prostate, bladder, cervical and pancreatic.

Eating capsicum boosts hair growth by regulating the blood flow to the scalp. Incorporate this colourful vegetable into your diet to get long silky hair, and to strengthen your hair follicles.

Red, green and yellow capsicum help with the production of collagen, a component that is responsible for healthy and firm skin. The antioxidants and phytochemicals in capsicum help keep your skin youthful.

Bell peppers have very high content of vitamin A, C and E (all anti-oxidants) that help to effectively neutralize free radicals. Anti-oxidants protects the body from carcinogenic and toxic substances. Just by this virtue alone, it is a good remedy for many health problems.

Pick a peck of colorful peppers to punch up the flavor and nutritional content of your meals.  Capsicums come in a palette of colors — green, red, yellow, orange, purple and chocolate brown — and all varieties are excellent sources of the antioxidant vitamins A and C.

Capsicums are another staple vegetables in my fridge. With all the health benefits listed above, you  have every good reason to pop some capsicums into your shopping basket now 🙂

 

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9 thoughts on “Capsicum Salad

    1. Today I went to the supermarket and I saw white capsicums! My first time seeing white ones. Amazing! But I prefer colorful ones, the darker the color the better.

  1. I had commented that colour changes with cooking but the red/ yellow/ green and orange don’t. I made stuffed peppers(that is what we call them here), just cook ground beef and with cooked rice with Italian style spices, make it is a little wet. Stuff into the peppers(cut tops off) . Stand in a baking tray, spoon spaghetti sauce over them and around them. Can also sprinkle parm cheese, although I had ricotta and used that too. Halfway thru baking, may need to sprinkle water around them if drying up. Oven 375F, abt an hour or so. Also freezes well.

    1. Your baked stuffed peppers sounds really yummy! Not sure if my kids will like them coz they don’t really fancy bell peppers. But worth a try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The bell peppers are capsicum, so your kids will love them. Forgot to mention another shortcut, I mix the insides of a 2-3 Italian sausages with the ground beef and rice. That way, I can skip adding any seasonings. I have seen where rice can be replaced with some short cut pasta.

    1. My kids dont fancy capsicum but the 2 older girls will eat them anyway coz they know it’s good for them. It’s a bit hard to get Cass to eat them, unless she dips her capsicum into curry sauce, that spoilt brat!

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