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This bell pepper salad is simple and refreshing! It combines colorful peppers and onion with a tangy vinaigrette and fresh herbs.

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Here’s a colorful, tasty and healthy side dish that pairs with just about any main: bell pepper salad! Sweet bell peppers need only a few ingredients to make them shine. Combine them with a tangy vinaigrette of white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil, then throw in a few handfuls of chopped herbs like parsley and chives. It’s a true rainbow of flavors and it’s quick and simple to whip up! This is a fun idea for using up bell peppers or whenever you need an easy side dish idea.

Ingredients in bell pepper salad

This pepper salad is a celebration of one ingredient: bell peppers! You’ll need just one other vegetable and a handful of herbs to play a supporting role here. It’s straightforward to throw together: you’ll simply chop the vegetables and pour over a quick dressing. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Multi-colored bell peppers (you’ll need 3!)
  • Red onion
  • Fresh chives
  • Fresh parsley
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sugar or maple syrup
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Bell pepper salad

Best way to slice peppers

Bell peppers are notoriously tricky to try to slice: often the seeds spill out and get all over the cutting board! We’ve got a quick and easy trick for how to cut a bell pepper:

  • Using a large chef’s knife, slice straight down on each side to form 4 straight pieces of the pepper (see this video of how to cut a bell pepper). This keeps the seeds and ribs intact in the center.
  • Slice off the bottom and top of the pepper, and pull out the stem.
  • Place the skin side of the pepper down, and cut it into thin slices.

Ingredient variations

There are so many different ways to mix up this bell pepper salad! It’s a great summer salad idea you can use for other fresh ingredients you have on hand, but it works any time of the year. You can add or swap out ingredients depending on your tastes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use different fresh herbs! Basil tastes great here, though keep in mind it turns dark during storage (parsley stays bright green). Cilantro or dill would taste great as well.
  • Use shallot or white onion. Swap out the red onion for milder shallot, or use a white onion instead!
  • Add cucumber. Cucumber works well here too! Swap out 1 bell pepper for 1 to 2 cups sliced English cucumber. (This variety tastes better and has a brighter green color than a standard cucumber; if using a standard cucumber, peel it and thinly slice it.)
  • Add feta cheese. If you love cheese, everything tastes better with a sprinkle of feta!
Pepper salad

Bell pepper salad storage

This bell pepper salad tastes best the day it’s made. But leftovers taste great too! Store the salad refrigerated for up to 3 days. You’ll notice that the peppers become softer over time and their color dulls slightly, but it tastes just as good. You may find you need to add a few pinches salt to revive the flavors.

Again, using fresh parsley is nice if you’re looking to keep the colors vibrant, since it stays green over time. (Fresh basil tends to dull in flavor as well.)

Nutritional benefits of bell peppers

Another reason to eat this pepper salad? Bell peppers are loaded with vitamins, especially Vitamin C. In fact, one medium bell pepper provides 169% of the daily Vitamin C. Bell peppers are:

  • A low calorie food. One medium bell pepper has only 40 calories!
  • Loaded with Vitamin C. A medium red bell pepper provides a whopping 169% of your daily vitamin C! (Source)
  • A potential preventer of anemia. Some studies indicate peppers could prevent low iron (Source).

More pepper recipes

Love cooking with bell peppers? Here are a few more bell pepper recipes to try:

This pepper salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Bell Pepper Salad

Bell Pepper Salad

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
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This bell pepper salad is simple and refreshing! It combines colorful peppers and onion with a tangy vinaigrette and fresh herbs.


  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (or other fresh herbs*)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Slice the peppers, sliced the onion, and chop the herbs. Place them in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sugar, garlic powder, olive oil, kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Store up to 3 days refrigerated. The peppers become softer and their color fades slightly over time, but it’s just as tasty (bring to room temperature; you may need to add a few pinches salt to revive the flavors).


*Basil works well for flavor here; keep in mind the color becomes darker during storage (parsley stays bright green).

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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