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Monday
Sep222008

grilled sweet pepper and kalamata salad: a mediterranean treat

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Adapted from Fran Warde's Food for Friends, this colorful dish presents the perfect balance between sweet and salty. It's also easy to put together and makes for a superb late summer picnic salad or side dish to any number of pasta, chicken, or meat dishes.

Grilled Sweet Pepper and Kalamata Salad

4 red peppers, seeded and cut into large chunks
4 green peppers, seeded and cut into large chunks
4 yellow peppers, seeded and cut into large chunks
3 red onions, quartered lengthwise (keeping the core so it stays in one piece)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fig balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey
2 cups pitted kalamata olives, chopped
salt and pepper
1 bunch parsley, chopped


Place the bell peppers and onions into a large bowl and coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to the grill and cook until medium-soft with grill marks.

Return cooked vegetables to a bowl and toss with vinegar, honey, and olives. Mix well and garnish with parsley.

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You can also make this recipe by roasting the vegetables in a roasting pan on 350 degrees for about 40 minutes and then tossing them with vinegar, honey, and olives. It's equally delicious.

Reader Comments (7)

Sweet, caramelized vegetables...some tart cheese would be grand in here too!

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPeter M

Peter: Feta would be lovely sprinkled on top at the last minute. Yum. Thanks for visiting!

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I'm putting this recipe in my to do list. Love the ingredients... looks and sounds yummy!

Angela, your food photos are beautiful.

Brian Meagher

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhotsaucedaily

what a lovely salad! Great photos!

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Thanks, Brian! I'm glad you like the photos. Let me know what you think of the salad!

Thanks, Maria! Bell peppers are so photogenic!

September 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I have a big soft spot for grilled red onion! I really like your suggestion of feta cheese sprinkled on top too!

September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWhite on Rice Couple

Thanks, White on Rice! I hear you about grilled red onions. I love them in just about anything -- sandwiches, salads, and on pizza ... the list goes on!

September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

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