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Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish over Grilled Salmon

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish

My youngest gal told me this morning that I talk about food all the time. Really?

Fresh Mini Peppers

This, after my subtle launch into why we don’t consume sugary chocolate cupcakes on an empty morning tummy.  (can you see her eyes rolling?) I know, I know, once in a while we just have to have a sweet for breakfast.  I promise, I’m not a complete food ogre.

I am a bit obsessed with good food however, and totally in love with mini peppers.  I could eat them by the bucket full.   We picked up these divine little peppers at the Port Townsend Farmer’s Market.  And of course I had to snap a few pictures to share.

Port Townsend, WA looking at Admirality Inlet

Me… at the beautiful marina in Port Townsend

I’m enamored with the Bald Eagle

The perfect evening in Port Townsend

Flying Home

These little peppers are perfect for salads, snacking or stuffed as an appetizer.  But I like them best roasted.

After roasting the first batch, I think I ate half the peppers off the baking sheet.  Well, I know I did.  Because I had to run to my local market for more peppers.

After roasting the second batch of mini peppers I only snacked on two (so yummy right out of the oven!) and the rest went straight into the relish.

Then Ranger Craig came into the kitchen while I was grilling the salmon and “sampled” the relish.  Several times.  I started to wonder if we’d have any relish left for the salmon!

I was not going back to the market a third time.  I’ve done that.  It’s so embarrassing.

We ended up with just enough relish to serve with two pieces of salmon (we should have had enough for four pieces).  It was delicious.

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish with Grilled Salmon

Perfectly roasted and sweet with a hint of fresh basil and subtle tang of balsamic vinegar.  It’s going to be a tasty summer!

Roasted Mini Pepper and Fresh Basil Relish

Serves 4


16 oz Mini Sweet Peppers

1 heaping tablespoon chopped or chiffonade fresh basil, plus extra for garnish

Dash of olive oil

Dash of good quality balsamic vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste


To Roast the Peppers

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Brush the foil or parchment with a little oil so the peppers won’t stick.

Place the peppers on the baking sheet, pop them in the oven and let them roast.  This should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how crisp tender or tender you like them.  I personally like my peppers very soft and toasty.

Once the peppers are done let them cool for a few minutes.

Pull the stem from each pepper and dice.  No need to skin or seed the peppers as we’re using the whole pepper for this relish.

Once the peppers are diced, add the fresh basil, dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.  Gently toss and taste for seasoning.

Serve with grilled salmon or chicken.  Or toss with fresh greens and feta cheese for a delightful summer salad!

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  • Reply
    May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Love the relish!

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      May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you! It really is a tasty one and perfect for our Alaskan salmon or even grilled chicken. Have a fabulous day!

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    May 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I would definitely try to make this dish! It look so delectable!

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    Jodi Boatright
    May 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Yum! I’ll definitely have to try this. We love the mini peppers too. My fave is to just toss several on the grill. No prep, just washed. Quick easy veggie to go with our summer grilling.

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      May 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Jodi we love them grilled too! And so easy and so yummy! Enjoy the day friend!

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    Just A Smidgen
    May 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Mini peppers must be so sweet and even more so when roasted. I think the best recipes are the ones that get devoured before they make it to the plate! xo Smidge

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      May 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

      So true! Happens often at my house. 🙂

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    May 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    The relish sounds tangy and bright – perfect for salmon!

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      May 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Bill! It’s delicious and really works well with the intensely flavored salmon.

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    May 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The colours in your relish just jump right off the screen Karista — gorgeous! I’ll have to give it a try this summer, especially since I eat salmon so often. Your photos of Port Townsend really make me miss the west. I lived in Vancouver, Canada for seven years and we used to drive down to Washington once in a while — I even flew down once with a friend of a friend who was a pilot.

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    May 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Sometimes you just have to double up your shopping! Sounds delicious 🙂

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      May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Haha! So true. Its a delightful relish that would work well with most anything. Happy Cooking 🙂

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    May 31, 2012 at 7:28 am

    The colours in that salsa just jump off the screen — gorgeous! Your lovely pictures of Port Townsend really make me miss the West. I lived in Vancouver, Canada for seven years and I did lots of exploring in Washington. We even flew down once with a friend of a friend who was a pilot. So fun!

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    May 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Such beautiful color on that relish. Wonderful meal – making me hungry ahead of lunch!!

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      May 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      🙂 Thank you. Glad I could give you an appetite!

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    Cara Olsen
    May 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I’m fairly certain you could make bean-dip sprinkled with pickles look appetizing, Karista. Everything, my goodness, everything you make looks so incredibly GOOD!

    I love the pictures of you standing by the marina. What a lovely day that must have been. I hope you and Ranger Craig enjoyed yourselves.

    Love to you,

    P.S. Oh, and you should never feel guilt/shame/embarrassment over retuning to the store multiple times. I think, ahem, that our minds are operating at such great speeds, the trivial things tend to slip right on out. 🙂

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      May 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hmmm… bean dip sprinkled with pickles, actually that doesn’t sound too bad. Haha! Truly! The little jaunt over to Port Townsend was so fabulous. Ranger Craig and I love to kick around old bookstores, sample the local brews, walk the beach and of course dine on delicious food. He tried talking me into kayaking the bay while we were there but I was not dressed for our frigid waters. LOL!
      I hope you are doing well my friend and that life is great!! You’ve been in my thoughts of late… and in my prayers. 🙂 Hugs!

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    May 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    The best testament to ones cooking is the remainders of what’s left at the end of the meal! Obviously your food is incredible because you were running out of those ingredients beforehand & hubby was getting stuck into it with glee! It just looks so healthy & tasty too!

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      June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

      🙂 Thank you! Yes, the roasted peppers all by themselves were divine, but even better in the relish. Yum! Have a fabulous weekend!

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    June 1, 2012 at 5:41 am

    I have seen the mini peppers in the market but haven’t bought any. You know what I will be buying on my next trip to the store. It looks like you had a great day and a delicious meal.

    • Reply
      June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thanks Karen! The mini peppers are so flavorful and a bit sweeter than the larger peppers. They’re great grilled or roasted served as a side or in a recipe. As you can tell we love our peppers. LOL! Have a most delicious weekend!

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    Bryan Picard (@BiteHouse)
    June 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I love relishes and salsas over fish and this one looks great! Will have to try it out.

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      June 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Bryan! I too love relishes and salsas paired with meats and fish. Makes a fresh quick and of course delicious meal. 🙂 have a great weekend!

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    June 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Loved this, friend! Will make your relish soon, doubtlessly. Heehee… I’ve made multiple single day trips to the grocery before… but for something slightly more guilty than peppers. Chocolate, perhaps 😉

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      June 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Deb! And I think multiple trips to the grocery for chocolate is absolutely acceptable! LOL!

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    June 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Beautiful dish that sounds as good a it looks!

    • Reply
      June 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks Richard! Happy Cooking 🙂

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    The Low Fat Chick
    June 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    That looks so divine! Your pictures are fabulous.

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      June 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you! I prepared it again tonight! I’m so hooked. 🙂

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    June 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    So nice to meet you at blogher ~ thanks for sharing your beautiful city with us!

    • Reply
      June 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Donna lovely to meet you both as well!! Hope you had a delicious visit to our grand city. 🙂

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    June 11, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Wow I love the flavors on this relish, definitely a perfect pair for that salmon

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      June 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

      Thanks Raymond! I love the taste of this relish so much I believe I could eat it without the salmon. 🙂

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    June 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Brilliant. This recipe fits in beautifully with our Anti-Cancer diet, and with your permission will ReBlog it! My bf adores peppers, so this will be our next Salmon topping. Cheers!

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      June 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you! Absolutely! I’d be honored to have you re-blog the recipe. Love your blog and can’t wait to have a moment to browse. I love what you’re doing and what your blog is about!!

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        June 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

        Thank you Karista! What sweet words. I appreciate them. Will reblog and look forward to more from you.
        Be Well.

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    June 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Cooking Up the Cure and commented:
    Had to reblog this wonderful recipe with antioxidant-filled peppers and sumptuous Salmon. Thanks to Karista.

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