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Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Olives, and Capers

September 13, 2018

By Kath Dedon


I recently made this Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Olives, and Capers for a potluck party. I loved it, and several people commented on how much they enjoyed it.

The recipe is adapted, barely, from a recipe by Kalyn Denny on her Kalyn’s Kitchen blog. It’s a very easy recipe to make, and it’s perfect when you need a recipe that you can make ahead of time.

Kalyn used canned black olives. I used a jar of pitted Kalamata olives instead and liked the swap.

Next time you need an easy salad for entertaining, give this Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Olives, and Capers a try.

Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers


Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Olives, and Capers

(Adapted from Kalyn Denny’s recipe on her Kalyn’s Kitchen blog.)


(print the recipe)


Serves 4 – 6 (You could easily double it for more servings.)


1 large red bell pepper

1 large yellow bell pepper

1 large orange bell pepper

1 jar pitted Kalamata olives (6 – 6.5 oz., drained)

2 Tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained



2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar (or substitute white wine or white balsamic vinegar)

1 teaspoon caper brine

2 – 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram (or substitute fresh basil or oregano)

½ teaspoon minced garlic

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your grill with the burners on high.
  2. Wash and dry the peppers. Cut the peppers into fourths, removing the seeds and large pieces of white membrane.



3. Put the peppers, skin side down, on the hot grill. Grill for 15 – 20 minutes until they are charred. As they get finished, remove them to a large bowl.

peppers on the grill


4. When all of the peppers are done, cover the bowl with plastic wrap so they can steam for at least 15 minutes.

covered in a bowl


5. Put the olives in a strainer to drain.

6. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

7. After the peppers have steamed for at least 15 minutes, remove the charred skins. Cut the peppers crosswise into bite-size strips.

8. Put all of the salad ingredients in a bowl.

Peppers, olives, and capers in the bowl


9. Add the dressing and toss well. Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste. (The olives and capers are salty, so you may not need much salt.)

10. The salad can be kept at room temperature until you’re ready to serve.


Tapas Salad


Tapas Salad with Olives



3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2018 6:21 am

    Kath, we love tapas, but never make it at home. I think we should have a tapas themed dinner party. This will be on the menu.

  2. September 20, 2018 5:06 am

    Very much an Italian tradition too, these tapas would be part of an antipasto on our tables. One of my favorite summer dishes!

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