Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

I am on a mission – each day in the warmer months, I make a salad which we take to have with our lunches, or eat at home if we are home, and leftovers are used for snacks or with the evening meal.

The salads vary from day to day, and I get inspiration from all sorts of places. As I have mentioned before, I do love Bittman’s 101 salads, and am gradually working my way through the vegetarian ones. Others can often be adapted, leaving out or substituting the non-vegetarian ingredients. This is my second Summer using his beauties, and I am probably about half way through.

Today’s salad is an onion salad, with some roasted peppers. It is simple, but glorious on this 36C day (as I am writing this), and at those sorts of temperatures, all you want is simple. To make the salad, sometimes I have charred, roasted eggplant and capsicums that were cooked on the BBQ, and other times I slice the capsicums lengthwise into straight pieces which I grill on a grill pan on the stove. That is what I have done today, as I used the fully roasted ones to make Harissa.

Try some other Bittman Salads. There is a Glorious Five Bean Salad, Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing, and Tomato and Strawberry Salad with Basil and Balsamic.

Or explore other Onion Salads. Try Sweet Onion Salad with Coriander Spice, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mustard, and Kachumber.

You can browse all of our Salad recipes here, all of our Bittman Salads, and our Onion dishes. Or simply take the time to explore our easy Mid Summer dishes.

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Aubergines Fourrées | Baked Eggplant Stuffed with Cheese and Tomatoes

You will really enjoy this recipe. Softened eggplants are slit and fanned, and its slices interwoven with cheese, tomatoes and peppers. They are then baked on a bed of the sweetest caramelised onions, and the cheese melts. If, like me, you use mozzarella, it oozes everywhere! Cheesey Eggplants – who can resist?

If you use a cheese that holds its shape during baking it won’t form a bed of oozy cheese but rather stay in the eggplant, but we love this oozing aspect of the dish. It is perfect for Late Autumn.

It’s a French recipe, so I suggest some French wine and a green salad, for a light lunch eaten outside on a gorgeous Autumn day sitting under a gorgeously coloured tree raining leaves. Do enjoy!

Would you like more Eggplant recipes? Try Cheese and Eggplant Torte, Roasted Eggplant with a Garlic Sauce, and Persian Style Eggplant.

Browse all of our Aubergine recipes and all of our French dishes. Our Baked recipes are here. Or enjoy our Late Autumn dishes.

Feel free to browse vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006, in our Retro Recipes series.

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Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Mozzarella and White Beans | Roasted Red Capsicum Salad

Another beautifully coloured salad for Autumn, beautiful reds of the roasted capsicums. Here we toss them with white beans, fresh mozzarella and a little shallot.

Don’t you just love roasted peppers? While you are roasting them for this salad, add another 1 or 2 or 12, so that you can used them throughout the week. I find it easiest to roast peppers and eggplants on my covered BBQ, but you can also do it over a gas flame on your stove, under a grill or in the oven.

Would you like to try other Red Pepper/ Capsicum Salads? Try Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime, Peperoni in Padella – Roasted Red Peppers Salad, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads. There is a Roast Pepper Relish too.

Or try other Capsicum Dishes – Green Peppers in Yoghurt, Pumpkin Soup with Red Peppers, and Stuffed Capsicums with Kidney Beans and Feta. Also see How to Dry Red Capsicums.

Otherwise, have a look at all of our Capsicum Salads and all of our Salads. You can have a look at all of the other Capsicum recipes too. Or browse our Early Autumn dishes.

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Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, Chilli and Lime

A Salad with the tastes of Mexico

What to do with left over flatbread or roti, no longer near its prime, but not yet ready to be allocated to the bin? Ah, I have the answer for you. Crisp it up in the oven and turn it into a wonderful, mexican influenced salad.

Those organic corn chips can be used in this salad too – the ones without added flavourings. They are perfect. Also corn tortillas, crisped in the oven.

While you are at it, crisp up a lot of the flatbread, rotis or tortillas. They are excellent with cheese or dips. Very crispy and crunchy.

You will love this salad. Feel free to browse our other Salad recipes here and here. We have a lot, so if you just want Tomato Salad recipes they are here. This is a salad inspired by Bittman – have a look at his other superb salads.  Or simply explore our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Green Peppers in Yoghurt

The Middle East has a variety of flavours and dishes that are amazing and under-explored in other countries. And yoghurt, one of my favourite food stuffs, features strongly there as it does in India. The recipes using yoghurt are often simple – take a vegetable, some yoghurt, garlic, dried mint and some spices, mix and serve.

Traditionally it is used as a pre-dinner snack or appetiser, generally served with pita bread., but you can use any flat bread. We get a great Afghan flatbread cooked fresh on the tandoor from our local shop, and it is amazing.

You can use the Green Peppers in Yoghurt as you might use a salad. If you use thick, drained yoghurt they can be used as a dip or spread, or it can be used as a sauce or dressing.

If you are looking for other Middle Eastern dishes, try Fragrant Eggplant with a Garlic-Yoghurt Sauce, Cucumber and Yoghurt Mezze, Green Tahini Dip and Sauce, and Chickpea “Tabbouleh”.  All of our Middle Eastern dishes are here.

Capsicum recipes you might like to explore include Grilled Peppers and Eggplant Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Salad, and Baked Peppers with Cherry Tomatoes. All of our Capsicum dishes are here. All of our Salads are here.

Our Dips are here if you are after dips and sauces. Or simply take some time to explore our Mid Summer dishes.

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Pasta Sauce with Aubergine, Red Peppers and Tomato

This dish combines the classic flavours of an Italian pasta dish.

Often a pasta dish is my go-to Saturday or Sunday night fare. With a friend from a good Italian commercial pasta making family, we are never short of good pasta. This dish combines the classic flavours of an Italian pasta dish. Use a great spaghetti, a thick one if you can, or thin if you cannot. Pasta shells work well also.

You might like to read Pasta with Soul – how long to cook pasta. Similar dishes include Pasta with a Cauliflower Sauce, Baked Tomato Pasta Sauce, Pasta Aglio e Olio, and Pasta with Tomato and Basil. Explore our other Pasta recipes here and here.

Feel free to browse our Eggplant recipes here and here.  We have some Italian recipes here and here. Check out our easy Winter recipes here and here.

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Roasted Capsicum, Tomato and Peanut Soup with Chipotle

A wonderful, smoky flavoured soup.

A dear friend was experiencing tough times, but he made this wonderful Autumnal Soup as one of his first experiments with cooking solo again! It was an instant success and did the rounds of many friends.

Browse some of our other Soup Recipes here and here, Capsicum Recipes here and here, or Tomato recipes here and here.

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Capsicums Stuffed with Kidney Beans and Feta

Not a fancy dish, Capsicums Stuffed with Kidney Beans and Feta is a comfort dish. A dish for cold Friday nights in front of the TV.

With the remains of a bag of lentils sitting falornly on the kithen bench, I came across a recipe for Capsicums stuffed with Kidney Beans in my pile of hand written recipes saved over years. I am also a sucker for stuffed vegetables. So when this recipe turned up, I knew that I had lunch in the bag.

This isn’t a fancy dish. It is a comfort, homely, family dish that can be served for a quick, warming lunch or with a salad for a dinner eaten in front of the TV.

You might also like to try Drying Capsicums for Snacks, or Bhajji, Indian Vegetable Fritters. Or browse all of our Kidney Bean recipes and all of our Stuffed recipes here and here. Our Capsicum recipes are here and here. Find some inspiration in our Spring recipes here and here. Continue reading “Capsicums Stuffed with Kidney Beans and Feta”

Roasted Tomato and Sweetcorn Soup

It is almost soup time – the weather is certainly cold enough.

There is nothing quite like a roasted tomato for wonderful and intense flavours. Use them everywhere and all year around. Cooked in the oven or in the covered BBQ, they are delicious.

Roasted tomatoes make great soups, like this cold one. But winter cometh, and it is time for hot soups once again.

Are you looking for Sweetcorn dishes? Try Roasted Sweetcorn Salad with Avocado, Sweetcorn Sundal, and How to Roast/Char Grill Sweetcorn.

Or are you looking for Tomato Soups? Try Tomato Kurma, Creamy Tomato Soup with Lemongrass and Ginger, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, and Rustic Tomato Soup with Feta.

Browse all of our Tomato Soups, all of our Sweetcorn dishes, and all of our Soups. Or be inspired by our Late Autumn recipes.

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Roasted Tomato and Corn Cold Soup for Summer

A spicy cold tomato soup for the hottest of days.

Cold soups and salads abound during Summer. This is a cold soup made from roasted tomatoes and other vegetables. To shorten the time taken to make the soup, pre-prepare roasted garlic and roasted vegetables.

You might like to browse our Tomato Soup recipes here and here, and all Soup recipes here and here. Explore our Tomato recipes here and here, and Sweetcorn recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Grilled Sweet Peppers and Eggplant Salad

A simple dish, exquisite in its simplicity. The sweetness of the peppers with the texture of the eggplant brings an element of surprise to the table.

Are you looking for Capsicum dishes? You might also like to make Roasted Capsicum Salad with MozzarellaBaked Peppers and Sweet Peppers in Oil.

Or are you more interested in Eggplant dishes? Read more about Eggplants, and try Indian Roasted Eggplant in Tamarind Gravy, Grilled Eggplant Salad with Pinenuts, and Eggplants with a Garlic Yoghurt Sauce.

Browse all of our Capsicum recipes here and here, and Eggplant recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Spring time recipes here and here.

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Baked Peppers with Cherry Tomatoes

Capsicums stuffed with cherry tomatoes and a basil sauce.

Tender. What a great name for a book. And what a book it is. Nigel Slater speaks so engagingly and comfortingly about his garden near Highbury Barn in London. He cooks my style of food – homely, so so simple, yet packing incredible flavours. Despite being British in style he loves to use Indian spices and experiment with flavour combinations.

When I say “British in style” I don’t want to conjure up images of old-fashioned British food like chip butties and steak and kidney pie. I do imply, though, that the food is cold weather food – root vegetables, cabbage, oven cooked food. For even a hot day in the UK does not pass muster as a summer day in Australia. Nigel would argue that some of his food is for the hotter seasons, but his recipes are not, say, like Bill Granger’s, built with the 30C – 45C degree heat of good ol’e Aussie summers where it is hot enough to cook a falafel on the sidewalk and everyone who is sane heads for the beach.

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Peperoni in Padella | Roasted Red Peppers Salad

A simple dish with sweetness of red capsicums for the heat of summer

On hot days you need quick and easy food that is light and cooling. Make some Red Peppers in Oil and then go to the beach.

You will also enjoy Capsicum with Feta and Kidney Beans, Grilled and Oiled Eggplants and Peppers, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads. Perhaps even try drying capsicums for winter snacks. All Capsicum recipes are here and here, and Salads here and here. Our Italian recipes are here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Rustic Tomato Soup with Feta

Greek Style Home Made Soup

Cold weather and howling winds activate the soup genes. Almost without thought we head to the kitchen and bring the soup pot out from the back of the cupboard. How good it is to sip soup while it hails outside?

This dish is a thick, quick, Greek-style soup. It is relatively easy to make, so when the weather is cold you can be sipping this soup in 20 minutes.

You might also be interested in Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, Roasted Tomato and Sweetcorn Soup,  and a Spiced Tomato Puree. All of our Tomato Soup recipes are here and here, and our Tomato Recipes here and here. Or perhaps you would like other Soup recipes here and here. Find some inspiration in our Winter collection here and here.

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Sweet Red Pepper Salads

Simple Summer salads with capsicum

I have been using Elizabeth David as my guide these past weeks, eating simply and being mindful of the produce.

  • One apricot, organic, juicy and ripe. Eaten slowly.
  • Dutch potatoes, simple boiled and dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper. Eaten as a warm salad.
  • An apple, peeled and sliced with a little salt sprinkled on it.
  • And bell peppers (capsicums) simply sliced in a salad, done two ways.

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