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Green Ajvar (Green Tomato Relish)

March 23, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes about 2 cups
Author Notes

In my grocery store, under the table, I noticed some green tomatoes. The idea came to me: Let's make green ajvar.

I didn't make or eat some for years. It used to be a regular thing at the end of tomato season. —anka

Test Kitchen Notes

This was a very simple recipe to make. I could not find fresh horseradish anywhere, so I ended up using horseradish mustard. It turned out amazing. The flavor is great. I've used it on sandwiches and I love it. I will definitely make it again and this time I will make sure I have fresh horseradish on hand! —Brandy

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound green tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons horseradish (I prefer freshly ground but prepared will do too; just be sure to drain it )
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Grind vegetables using a hand meat grinder or coarsely chop and then put into food processor, pulsing 4 to 5 times.
  2. Put the tomatoes in a fine mesh strainer set inside a large bowl, pressing on them to get as much juice out of the tomatoes as possible.
  3. In another bowl, mix horseradish, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. Stir in the tomatoes.
  4. The ajvar will hold in the fridge for a long time.
  5. Serve as a condiment at a barbecue. It is delicious with roasted meats or as a topping on your sandwich.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • mikedalena
  • Tatjana Pasalic
    Tatjana Pasalic
  • anka

4 Reviews

mikedalena November 7, 2017
Could I salt the tomato while it’s in the strainer to help release some of the liquid and just leave the salt out of the mix that’s added later or would that extract too much liquid or alter the end product too much?

Also, please share what proper ajvar is and what Zelini ajvar is in contrast. Many of us would love to know!
Tatjana P. September 10, 2016
Anka, I would consider renaming this recipe because it is misleading. I was very excited to open it since I am a big lover of the lovely red pepper relish itself but this recipe really had nothing to do with ajvar.
anka September 11, 2016
Thank you for checking my recipe, I am sorry about misleading you. Only another name that comes to my mind is Zeleni ajvar that is name I used for years and is recipe I inherited from my mom. If you don’t like this one, there are more recipes on internet for Zeleni ajvar if you like to try.
Tatjana P. September 11, 2016
Oh, I love the recipe! I just think it is not fair to call it ajvar because it is not what the recipe represents. It's like posting a recipe for a pizza and calling it a burger, that's all.