This is one of my go to Mediterranean diet recipes when pepper season arrives in Crete. All the ingredients are fresh from the backyard including, of course the olives and olive oil. I pick the basil right before I chop it for ultimate freshness. Sometimes, I will also add whatever other herbs I have on hand (dill or mint are my favorites). If you are looking for some protein to make this a complete meal you can add poached chicken or feta or parmesan cheese. This red pepper salad also goes really well with any lamb dish such as my Greek lamb, tomato and onion skewers. Enjoy! Koula
Roasted Pepper and Kalamata Olive Salad (Greek Island of Crete)
Koula Barydakis was born into a long tradition of eating and living Mediterranean on the Greek island of Crete. She is a chef who has worked in many of the top restaurants in Crete and in Greek Town in Toronto, Canada. Koula is the co-author of “Foods of Crete, Traditional Recipes of the Healthiest People in the World” and is currently completing her second cookbook. Koula teaches cooking classes to tourists in Crete and has been hired to teach classes in other countries as well.