I have been cooking a lot of Indian dishes lately. Well, I always do, but it felt time to balance the South Indian flavours with a nice, fresh salad. So onto the grill (BBQ) went the red capsicums, plus eggplants for another (Indian) dish, and in the time it takes to sip my cuppa tea, they were all roasted to perfection. It is really the best way to roast peppers and eggplants.
This salad is a combination of the red peppers with home-cooked white beans (use canned if you like), mozzarella and some herbs. It is so simple really, but it is fresh and inviting, and absolutely healthy too.
Are you looking for other Red Pepper Salads? Try these: Pasta and Roasted Pepper Salad with Walnuts, Light Pasta Salads, Radiant Autumn Salad of Peppers; Rustic Spicy Butter Beans, Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, and Italian Roasted Red Pepper Salad.
Or perhaps you would like to be inspired by Salads in general. Try Gorgonzola and White Bean Salad with Chickpeas, Marinated Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato, Green Peppers in Yoghurt, Tomato Salad with Green Olives, and Moroccan Carrot Salad.
Want more? Browse all of the Red Pepper Salads and all of our many and varied Salads. We love Bittman Salads, so have a look at those. Or explore all of the Capsicum recipes and our dishes suited to Early Autumn. Enjoy!
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If you are of a certain age in Australia, you grew up with Coleslaw, a creamy dressed salad of shredded cabbage. Well, Ottolenghi has taken Coleslaw to the next level, of course he has, with this Fancy Coleslaw. It shreds carrots, fennel, cabbage, red capsicum and radicchio for a very special salad.
After all of that shredding and chopping, you’ll have a huge bowlful of fresh and refreshing vegetables – the ideal antidote to all the fats, carbs and general debauchery of the holiday season. It is a healthy and nourishing salad, but also over-the-top delicious.
The creamy dressing for this salad is made with mayo and yoghurt. NOTE that I make an Eggless Mayo which is already mustardy and sweet, so I adjust Ottolenghi’s dressing accordingly (less or no extra mustard and only a little honey).
It is Ottolenghi day on the blog – one of two days per month where we publish all the latest round of posts featuring recipes we have tried in our project of cooking from Ottolenghi books – currently we are cooking from Plenty More, but not ignoring his other books completely.
Check out our collection of Incredible Slaw recipes.
Similar recipes include Red Cabbage Slaw with Barberries, Crunchy Root Vegetable Slaw, Waldorf Salad, Wombok and Radish Salad, and Chilli Cabbage.
Browse all of our Cabbage Salads, and all of our Salads. Our Ottolenghi dishes are here. Or browse our Mid Summer dishes.
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A salad dressing in a whizz – and much more…
So simple, how have I never thought of this before? With a surfeit of roasted peppers, due to roasting them on the BBQ after a Sunday lunch, I whizzed them into a perfect salad dressing.
The puree can also be used as a sauce – use with halloumi, for example, or some lentil balls. Drizzle over steamed or roasted vegetables. Mix with stir fried greens. Drizzle a little in wraps and sandwiches, or use it thick as a spread. It could be a dip. Mix with yoghurt for a wonderful sauce, dip or dressing. Use as a pasta sauce. Use as a base for a cold soup. Use for a dressing on a cold pasta salad. It is a pure delight!
Similar dishes include Tomato and Creme Fraiche Pasta Sauce, Creamy Salad Dressing, without Eggs, Grilled Pepper and Apple Relish, Sweet Onion Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, and Grilled Sweet Peppers and Eggplant Salad.
Have a look at our other Salad Dressings and Sauces. Or simple explore our Salads. You will enjoy our Late Spring recipes too.
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I am not sure where I first came across Ousback’s recipe — he was very popular with Vogue Entertainment Magazine around the mid 1990, so perhaps it was there. Anders Ousback was well known as a lover of food and wine, and this relish of his was also well known and loved. He was influential in the Sydney food scene, and influenced many chefs and restaurant owners. This recipe of his has stood the test of time, and is as wonderful today as it was back then.
There were several variations of it. This is the one that I loved because of the wonderful spices it includes. Check out this version too – a variation on the spices and amounts, but still maintaining the slurp of port and another of vinegar.
I am sure the recipe that Anders used has provenance. You can see the origins in Elizabeth David’s Red Pepper Relish. And there are infinite purees and pastes of roasted red peppers, such as Serbian Ajvar, an Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Relish.
This is such a great chutney, even if you don’t usually eat relishes/chutneys. The mix of mustard, cinnamon, star anise makes it quite unusual. Spread it on a rustic loaf of bread. It goes well with cheese. Eat it with cheese and a salad for a light lunch. Pile it over BBQ’d vegetables. Have it on toast for breakfast.
Similar recipes include Harissa, Roasted Red Pepper Sauces, and Red Pepper, Eggplant and Tomato Pasta Sauce. Or try Fennel and Lemon Chutney, and Char Grilled Banana Chillies Stuffed with Tomatoes and Spices.
You might also liked to browse our Preserves recipes and our Capsicum recipes. Our Apple dishes are here. Or explore our Late Spring recipes.
This recipe is one of the vegetarian recipes from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can find other recipes from that blog in our Retro Recipes series.
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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.
Similar recipes include Quick Gazpacho, and Quick Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup.
You might like to browse our Tomato Soup recipes, and all Soup recipes. Explore our Tomato recipes, and Sweetcorn recipes. Find some inspiration in our Late Summer recipes.
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Both of these soups are delicious. Bradley’s soup is wonderfully peanutty with the addition of peanut butter, and the other is pure red pepper. Stunning.
Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Soup recipes here. Or you might like to browse Capsicum recipes here.
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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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A chilli pumpkin soup that can be eaten hot, at room temperature, or frozen for another day. It is one of our great collection of Pumpkin Soups – you can check out the other ones here.
Are you looking for similar dishes? Try Pumpkin Soup with Lentils, Italian Pumpkin Soup, Special Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Risotto, and Ginger, Garlic Lentil Soup.
You can browse all of our Soup recipes and check out our collection of pumpkin dishes. Or explore our Mid Winter dishes.
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