Friday, February 12, 2010

Salad a la Marinated Peppers

Last summer's garden produced quite an abundance -- more tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers than the inhabitants of this castle could wolf down.

We had all kinds of fun figuring out what to do with the excess. One solution, discovered from someone's blog somewhere, was to slice the peppers into slivers and tuck them in the freezer in zippered plastic storage bags, ready for a rainy day.

Well, that rainy day has come. And several times now we have enjoyed these lovely orange, green, and red pepper slivers, marinated very simply -- and yummily, I might add, if yummily were actually a word -- and added to a salad. Along with anchovies, for my fellow anchovy lovers.

Or not.

The marinade makes a fine dressing. And while the simplicity of lettuce, peppers, anchovies, and vinaigrette is quite satisfying, feel free to add whatever other salad goodies make your heart sing. This recipe is hospitable that way.


a bunch of bell pepper slivers (maybe 1/2 - 1 large whole pepper)
1/4 c. olive oil
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed,
1/4 t. salt
pinch pepper
anchovies, diced, as many as your little heart desires
lettuce and/or spinach

Sliver up the peppers (or if you already have some in your freezer, just take 'em out). Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. Marinate for four hours (or however long you like). Serve over lettuce and sprinkle anchovies as desired.

Recipe adapted from The Wonderful World of Freezer Cooking by Helen Quat, circa 1964.



Blogger grace said...

i wish i had frozen peppers. i pickled my extras this year, and while they're good (particularly on a juicy burger), it's just not the same. lovely summer salad in winter, lynn!

February 13, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

My name is Carpool Queen, and I've never eaten an anchovy.

February 13, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Grace, pickled peppers sound lovely. I've never done that -- maybe this year :)

Carpool Queen, you MUST try anchovies. For some reason they have gotten a bad rap, but they are absolutely delicious. Add a couple, diced up, to spaghetti/marinara sauce. Yum.

February 13, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Moore Minutes said...

that marinade sounds good! Hey, did you ever get a chance to try the blue cheese dressing?

February 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

{L}, I haven't yet tried your blue cheese dressing recipe, though I bought the mayonnaise for it the other day ;) Now I'm just waiting to finish eating a batch I made from a different recipe. I've tried four different kinds so far; still haven't hit on one I love. I'll try yours next!

February 13, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Love those bright colors during these dreary days. And soo good for you too.

February 14, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

such a delicious looking salad, i love it!

February 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger ~~louise~~ said...

I'm always so grateful when I uncover a stash of peppers in the freezer. Your salad looks so dog gone refreshing, with a hint of Spring!

Thanks for sharing, Lynn

February 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Your husbands mother said...

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February 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Hubby said...

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February 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Husband's mother and Hubby -- You are both too funny. Thanks for making me laugh. Airport, here we come :)

February 15, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Gorgeous salad and the photo is perfection.

Our vegetable garden last year was so pitiful and I'm am really starting to feel it now. I've only got 6 pints of tomatoes left whereas I usually have at least 40 pints.

February 16, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Jody Hedlund said...


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February 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger Mae Travels said...

Hi Lynn,
Nice to meet you, and thanks for the comments on my blog. I'll watch your recipes...

February 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Love to meet new friends!Come on back soon!

What a great idea for the peppers! I'm going to stock up on them when they come in season again and try your recipe!

February 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Oh! Lucky you still have veggies from you garden :-) The marinated peppers look delicious in the salad, not only add color but flavor as well :-)

February 16, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Berji's domain said...

The salad, minus the anchovies, sounds really good. Did you do white or red wine vinegar?

February 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Berji's Domain, I did white wine vinegar. But I'll bet it wouldn't really matter; whatever you have would probably be fine :)

February 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Anonymous K Quinn said...

Oh this is a great tip! I'll be attempting to grow some peppers on my north facing porch this year (don't ask). I hope to have a few to freeze as I usually buy frozen peppers. Must bookmark...

February 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I bet there's so much you can do with marinated peppers -- from salads, to pastas, to sandwiches! Sounds absolutely delicious!

February 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Good ideas, Faith -- I'll bet they would be tasty in sandwiches or on pasta. We'll have to give that a try :)

February 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
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February 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn Jung said...

It may be a simple salad. But there's nothing better than something crisp, refreshing and colorful like that in the dead of winter. Brightens up any day!

February 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful salad. The green radiates goodness.

March 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

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