Pasta Salad with Roasted Bell Peppers and Olives

Pin It Since dinner last night was so easy to make, I decided to use some fancy leftover pasta I had for a lunch salad. I had different colored bell peppers in the fridge and roasted those on my stove top, then covered them with a bowl, let them sweat, peeled them, and sliced them into strips about the same size as the pasta.

I also sliced some olives. And added salt, pepper, dried basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Today I had the salad for lunch, and it was delicious. The peppers were sweet and had a nice crunch to them. I often use roasted peppers in olive oil from a jar. But for a simple salad like this, it really makes a difference using fresh ones and taking and extra 20 minutes to roast them yourself.

I tried to think of what would make this salad better, but I really liked the simplicity and balance of the flavors. So, I think adding other ingredients wouldn't necessarily make the dish better, but different. Here's what I'd be willing to try next time: fresh mozzarella, marinated artichokes, or sun dried tomatoes.


  1. So how do you make peppers sweat?

  2. you can make anything sweat by putting whatever it is, while still hot, in a plastic bag, or under a bowl, and letting the steam do the work. this includes people.