Terrific Tomato, Roasted Pepper and Bean Salad by Austinstar

Terrific Tomato, Roasted Pepper and Bean Salad

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Roasting Pimento Peppers

Buying the roasted pimento peppers in a jar is easy, but there is a way to roast your own peppers for this salad. This will really kick up the flavor, but it is time consuming.

Place the large whole red pimento pepper on the grill until it is charred and blistered. Turn frequently. Place the roasted pepper in a zip lock bag and let it stand for ten minutes or so to sweat. The skin will slide off and it can be discarded. Chop up the roasted pepper into bite sized pieces.

If you can't find a 'pimento' pepper, a large red bell pepper or two can be substituted.

How to make terrific tomato, roasted red pepper and bean salad.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large roasted red pimento pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 medium sized can cannellini style butter beans
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 4 - 5 medium roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons balsamic vineagar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 8 to 10 people (may make ahead of time)

Roma Tomatoes

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How to make a cool summer salad!

  1. In a large container add the chopped tomatoes and onions.
  2. Roast, peel and chop the large pimento pepper or chop the canned or bottled pre-roasted pepper into bite sized pieces and add to the tomato and onion.
  3. Add the beans. I do not drain them, but you may prefer to drain and rinse them. If you really like these beans, add two cans!
  4. Add the capers.
  5. Add the parsley and other seasonings and stir well.
  6. In a separate container, mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and shake well. Pour over salad and stir to coat all ingredients with the dressing. Alternatively you can use your favorite dressing.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nice bowl of Terrific Tomato and Pepper salad for summer!
Nice bowl of Terrific Tomato and Pepper salad for summer! | Source

So Much Flavor!

Roasted pimento peppers are delicious. The roasting process brings out the flavor of the pepper. It is not a hot pepper. Pimento peppers are mild, sweet and have great nutritional power. Paprika spice is made from dried pimento peppers.

Sometimes the pimento is spelled "pimiento" which is a Spanish word for pepper. These peppers are the familiar red insert for green olives or the pepper that is used to make pimento cheese. These red peppers are also called "cherry" peppers.

Roma tomatoes, or plum tomatoes, are firm and smooth skinned. One Roma tomato has only 35 calories which make tomatoes a huge bang for the calorie buck. These tomatoes are high in Vitamins A and C, have a gram of fiber each and are low in sodium and cholesterol.

Capers are edible flower buds from the caper bush also called Flinder's rose. A half cup of capers has only 23 calories. These flavorful buds are healthy and tasty.

Cannellini beans are very popular in Italy, especially in the Tuscany area. These beans are related to kidney beans and are low in fat, high in protein, high in fiber, minerals and B vitamins.

Red onions and purple onions are basically the same onion, so use whatever you have available.

Approximate nutrition value for Terrific Tomato Bean Salad

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 161
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 9 g
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What kind of main dish goes well with this salad?

This salad is perfect for an outdoor barbecue. Since you will have the grill going, why not roast your own pimento peppers? This dish goes well with grilled burgers, steaks or chicken.

Veal Parmigiana or Chicken Piccata is also a main dish alternative for this salad. Any good cut of meat that is pan fried or roasted in the oven works. Since this salad has a lot of individual ingredients, it would be best to keep the main dish simple.

Bread suggestions:

  • French loaf
  • Toasted garlic bread
  • Sourdough bread loaf
  • Ciabatta bread

Drink suggestions:

  • Iced tea, sweetened or unsweetened
  • Colas
  • Wine
  • Beer

Dessert suggestions:

  • Simple cookies or brownies
  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Bread pudding
  • Fudge

Main dish meats for Terrific Tomato, Roasted Pepper and Bean salad.

Which meat do you think goes best with this salad?

  • Burgers
  • Chicken
  • Steaks
  • Pork
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Comments - What kinds of summer salads do you like the best? 15 comments

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You have to understand that I am not a big fan of vegetables or else I would be raving about your recipe. :) Let me say this: if I loved vegetables this would look scrumptious!

How was that? :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

That was certainly sufficient :-)

Perhaps I could tempt you with fruit instead.


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Kesstra 4 years ago from Texas

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks delicious! I am on my way to the store to buy the ingredients. I will let you know how it turns out.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

That should be a delicious and very healthy salad. Thanks for the recipe.


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Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

Yummo! I can't wait to make your recipe.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It's very tasty, you will all enjoy it. Thank you for dropping by and letting me know you like it.


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chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This looks so good! I will be making it this weekend...my mouth is watering already!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Wow...this looks so yummy and PERFECT for a barbecue. Awesome recipe! Voted useful. :)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

This looks sooooo delicious.. Mmmm... my mouth is watering. I was also fascinated to see the ad for wine gums. My sister in law brings me a bag of them every year from Holland, they are absolutely addicting. Thanks for sharing, will be on the lookout for red or pimento peppers to grill up. Voted Up!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The summer salad sounds great! I love Roma tomatoes - just picked a few off of the plant I have growing outside. I have enough to give this a try! I love capers too - such a great little taste to mix in with tomatoes!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It really reminds me of your great Rotini salad. I think they are very comparable.


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toomuchmint 4 years ago

This is such an interesting salad. I was just about to roast some peppers. I roast them on a cast-iron pan in a gas-stove broiler, and they turn out great. Usually I just cover them in oil, but hat can wait now that I've got a great salad to make. Thanks!


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Oh it sounds yummy. Im not a fan of onion really but I think it this I would be ok with it, or sub it for something else.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Sure! Hold the onion if you prefer. I love onions and can eat them like apples. But my husband cannot eat onions. So, I have to hold the onions in the big bowl and just add them to my bowl. Compromise.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This hub looks so pretty too!

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