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Roasted Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad with Feta & Orange Vinaigrette

My go-to person for salads is dear
husband. Having travelled far and wide, his taste in world cuisine is
impeccable. Being a foodie himself, he appreciates me quite a bit and
encourages me to keep trying new cuisines, salads especially. Today’s Roasted Bell
Pepper Salad with Feta & Orange Vinaigrette is one such
inspiration and is a superbly quick and yummy one to make. It can be had all
the year through, especially the summers when one craves for light quick meals.
And salads are great on the tummy too. 

We are not great fans of the Russian
Salad types where mayo or any heavy dressing is used. This salad today fits
perfectly into any weekday or even weekend dinner as a stand alone meal. The
fresh orange vinaigrette was perky, wholesome and added texture to
the entire meal. Team this up with any toasted or baked bread and you have a
yummy combo meal. Lets get to the recipe, shall we ?

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Prep time : 15 mins | Sauteeing time :
3 -4 mins | Serves : 2

Difficulty level : Easy

Linking this to BM # 26 under “Soups and Salads” where I join my fellow marathoners here. Also to Sangee’s event – Show me your HITS – Diabetic Dishes, hosted by Soumya and Akila’s event Dish starts with R. Finally to my own event Winter Food 30 min Foods that ends 5th March. Also to Priya’s Healthy Me- Healthy Us event

Ingredients for Salad :

Bell pepper / Capsicum – 1/2 each of
any colour (I had 3 coloured ones, so used them)

Broccoli – 100 to 150 gms – cut into
medium sized florets

Tomatoes – firm – 1/2 – desseded and
cut into 1″ batons

Olive Oil – 2 TBSP

Crushed black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste (remember, Feta is
sharp and salty, so use salt accordingly)

Topping:

Feta Cheese crumbled – 2 to 3 TBSP

Roasted Sesame seeds

For the Citrus / Orange Vinaigrette:

Balsamic Vinegar – 1 TBSP

Fresh Orange Juice – 1/4 cup

Brown Sugar – 1 TBSP

Crushed Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Olive Oil – 1 TBSP

Salt – a pinch

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Method:

Wash and deseed the the bell pepper .
Cut into triangles or square shaped pieces, slightly flatten them with your
fingers. Wash and cut broccoli into florets.

Heat a frying pan / tava (skillet) and
place the cut bell peppers and broccoli. Drizzle the olive oil on them and
sprinkle a little salt and 1/2 the quantity of black pepper. 

On a low- medium heat, roast them for
2- 4 mins till they are slightly charred, but dont burn (Alternately you could
bake them in a pre-heated oven at 160 / 170 C on a lined tray, but that works
for a larger quantity, and the tava method was quicker)

Once they peppers are done (they take
lesser time to roast), remove to a bowl and immediately cling wrap the bowl
(this helps releases the water and prevents them from getting soggy)

Keep an eye on the broccoli and remove
to a bowl once they are mildly roasted but still retain the crunch

For the Vinaigrette : Whisk together
all the ingredients and mix till the sugar is dissolved and the olive oil
blends with the Orange Juice. Chill for 5 mins if possible. (Tip : If you are
out of Orange juice, you could also mix Sweet Lime Juice with a tsp of Lemon
juice).

To serve: Toss the bell peppers and
broccoli together. Add the tomato batons (raw). 

Check for salt and seasoning. Just before serving add the
Orange Dressing and Feta Cheese. Toss just once and top with roasted Sesame
seeds and serve immediately.

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25 Comments

  1. The salad looks nice with an interesting dressing, Kalyani. Its easy on the stomach which is really needed during winter!

  2. Anonymous

    Lovely colours dear! 🙂

  3. Priya Suresh

    Wish i get that plate rite now,my kind of salad,lovely and colourful.

  4. vaishali sabnani

    I have book marked the recipe…only to make it today itself!..have a lunch party with 4 salads!..n this surely would be something new for friends:)..lovely !!..thanks Kalyani!!

  5. Wow so colourful and love the salad.

  6. Shruti Dhingra Wahi

    Colourful and healthy salad Yum Yum !!

  7. Lovely color it's inviting.

  8. The sald looks very good Kalyani. One more addition to my list!

  9. runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com

    Lovely salad especially the fresh fruity vinaigrette. I love roasted bell peppers.. the colours are so refreshing!

  10. Sanoli Ghosh

    Like to have this plate right now. Too yummy and delicious. Loved your dressing.

    today's post:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-special-mutton-curry-robibarer.html

  11. Jayashree

    That looks colourful with just the right amount of crunchiness in it.

  12. Chef Mireille

    love the vinaigrette and salad looks so colorful and inviting

  13. That plate surely looks so colourful and tempting..:)..

  14. The Pumpkin Farm

    wow feta and orange and broccoli, seems like a gourmet menu, whats special

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    What a colourful and nutririous salad. The vinaigrette looks very nice….

  16. Looks very colorful and refreshing

  17. Hari Chandana P

    colorful and healthy recipe.. looks great !!

  18. so perfect and sooooo colorful!!! love your pictures!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event – What is with my Cuppa
    Ongoing Event – HITS – Diabetic Friendly

  19. very colorful salad! I like the citrusy flavor in the dressing!

  20. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    Such a colorful salad and love the clicks!

  21. Suma Gandlur

    That looks so inviting with those vibrant colors. I have everything you used, in my refrigerator. Let me try it. 🙂

  22. That is a salad I can eat everyday. LOVE the dressing. Will be trying this very very soon.

  23. Absolutely love the salad and vinaigrette both. Please do send it to my "Healthy Me & Healthy Us" event. Please do read the event rules 🙂

  24. Corporate to Kitchen

    The salad looks so colorful & I love the dressing.

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