Grilled Sweet Pepper Salad

This popular Mediterranean-style Jewish appetizer salad consists of marinated, grilled sweet peppers with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Garnish the pepper salad with your favorite Middle Eastern or Mediterranean olives. For extra punch, you might like to sprinkle the peppers with a few capers just before serving them.

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Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes (for grilling peppers)

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Keeping kosher: Pareve

4 large bell peppers, any combination of red, green, and yellow

3 large garlic cloves

2 or 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice or wine vinegar, or to taste

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

12 good-quality olives (green, black, or 6 of each)

Italian parsley sprigs

  1. Put peppers (whole, with their stems still on) on grill or broiler rack about 4 inches from heat.

  2. Grill or broil peppers, turning every 4 or 5 minutes with tongs, until their skins are blistered and charred, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. With tongs, transfer peppers to a bowl and cover them tightly.

  4. Or you can put them in a bag and close the bag. A plastic bag works most easily, but you can use paper if you prefer.

  5. Let peppers stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

  6. Peel peppers using a paring knife.

    Be careful when peeling the peppers! They’re still hot inside and may contain very hot liquid.

  7. Remove pepper cores and seeds.

  8. Drain well and pat dry.

  9. Cut each pepper in 4 to 6 pieces lengthwise.

    Halve any long pieces.

  10. Put peppers in a shallow dish.

  11. Peel and halve the garlic cloves.

  12. Add garlic to the dish.

  13. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne.

  14. Pour marinade over peppers and turn pieces to coat them.

  15. Let peppers stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate them overnight.

  16. Turn them over a few times in their marinade.

  17. Before serving, remove garlic.

  18. Arrange peppers in a shallow serving dish.

  19. Add remaining oil and lemon juice to marinade and taste it for seasoning.

  20. Pour the marinade over peppers.

  21. Garnish with olives and parsley sprigs.

  22. Serve at room temperature.

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