Meatless Monday: Powers Pepper Salad

Meatless, Salad, Vegan / Monday, February 17th, 2014


“She isn’t going to eat a pepper.”

My Sister-Friend Nicole had just whipped up a batch of Pepper Salad – a combination of insane amounts of peppers, lime juice and cilantro – and my youngest daughter Riley was eyeing it. Because it IS pretty. But I know my babe and felt like I needed to warn Nicole.

Riley is my late Mommaw re-created. She wants coffee in her sippy cup and Toaster Strudel. Vegetables do not pass her lips unless she is under threat of violence or the promise of never having a Kit-Kat again.

I just knew that if Riley tried the salad, I would end up cleaning tri-colored spit from the linoleum.

But Nicole would not be dissuaded and gave Riley some of the salad on a Frito. And something happened. I was thinking it was just the Frito, but Riley actually ate the peppers and double-dipped. Eventually, she just asked for a spoon. And there sat my daughter, eating four different colored peppers with a smile on her face.

I also tried the salad, and while I would never claim to be a “pepper person,” this stuff is good. I started with a corn chip and eventually went with a spoon as well.

Sometimes we eat it as a salad; sometimes we grab some tortilla chips and eat it as a salsa. It’s good on a sandwich. It’s amazing in a Mexican-style salad and on top of chicken.

This recipe makes enough for a small army. Feel free to reduce it, or change it up as your palette dictates. It’s forgiving and delicious.

Powers Pepper Salad

From Sister-Friend Nicole Powers (Ezra Pound Cake)

  • 3 yellow peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 orange peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 red peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 3 green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • Handful of chopped cilantro

Put everything in a large bowl, and mix. Store in refrigerator up to a week.