Friday, 8 June 2012

Red Pepper & Courgette Salad (vegan)

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This simple pepper and courgette salad is packed full of fresh basil, which gives it a really summery taste. It works well served with barbecued foods and can even be used as a panini filling or served over pasta.
  • 1 large courgette (zucchini), thinly sliced 
  • 2 red bell or pointed peppers
  • 1 tbsp fresh, chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
Heat the grill (broiler) on it's highest setting. 
When hot, place the peppers under the grill and cook for around 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred all over. 
Once blackened, remove peppers from the heat and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside. 

Meanwhile heat a large frying pan.
Cut the courgette in half widthways, then slice each half thinly - I used a mandoline slicer.
Fry the courgettes in a little of the olive oil, until softened and lightly browned (you might need to do this in 2 or 3 batches). Once cooked place in a bowl.

Once the peppers are cool enough to handle, peel away the charred skin; Then cut open the peppers and pull out the core and the seeds.
Slice each pepper into about 8 pieces and place in the bowl with the courgettes.

To make the dressing, finely chop the basil, add the remaining olive oil and the vinegar, mix well and season with black pepper.
Pour over the courgettes and peppers and mix gently to coat.
Toast the pine nuts either under the grill or in a hot, dry pan, until lightly browned and then sprinkle them on top of the salad.

Serve warm or cold.

Alternatives: Use ready-skinned red peppers in brine to save time.
Make into a lasagne filling or pasta sauce by adding a tin of chopped tomatoes and a crushed clove of garlic to the cooked vegetables.
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5 comments:

  1. Wonderful!!! Even mint leaves would actually go well. Mint leaves is another good summer feel leaf.

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  2. I just stumbled across your blog while searching for veggie BBQ recipes - your blog title made me :-)
    I have been a veggie for about 25 years and if I have to eat another BBQ quorn sausage I think I will go mad!! The rest of my family are 'meatatarians' but very happily eat veggie food too. Your recipes look fab and I'm definitely going to be trying some of them out, I'm really looking forward to it! I've just become your latest follower so I can keep an eye on your latest recipes. I'm going to send a link to my sister too who is a really strict veggie - she will love some of these recipes. Thanks so much for sharing, Kate

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    1. Thanks Kate...I'm glad my blog has made you smile :-)
      I hope you enjoy looking through my recipes...let me know if you try any out.

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  3. I like the new blog design. And this salad looks great.

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    1. Thanks :-) My girls helped me decide on the colour scheme and background, plus I discovered Picmonkey.com along the way!

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