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Sautéed Bell Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette

For a colorful side dish of sautéed bell peppers, just sauté peppers, whisk together a simple caper vinaigrette and toss together. Voila!

If you’re looking for something to “pop” on the plate with gorgeous visual appeal, you might want to try this simple side.

sauteed peppers with caper vinaigrette

I use this recipe as a vegetarian side for chicken, meat or fish, but you can always toss in some sausage, quinoa or tofu  – and even a few other veggies like asparagus – and make it a complete meal. If you’re doing this, just double the vinaigrette.

You will see only red and orange peppers in the pictures.  Adding yellow or green peppers, though, would make it even more vibrant.  This sautĂ©ed peppers dish is so simple and quick to make (12 minutes), there is not much else to say. Well, maybe one thing.  It’s not just about the looks. It tastes good too.

Try serving the sautéed bell peppers with pecan crusted salmon, a grilled rib steak, or cedar planked chicken.


  • Buy a jar of roasted red peppers.  Add the caper vinaigrette.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Char whole red peppers on the BBQ.  Peel off the blackened skin.  Slice and seed them.  Add the caper vinaigrette.
  • Sprinkle with chopped fresh basil instead of parsley.
  • Add other veggies, sausages, quinoa or rice to make a more substantial main dish.

Make Ahead 

  • Complete the dish and warm on the stove for a few minutes or in the microwave for 40-50 seconds.

peppers and capers

sauteed peppers in pan

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Sauteed Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette Recipe

For a colorful side dish of sauteed peppers, just saute peppers, whisk together a simple caper vinaigrette and toss together. Voila!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Cheryl


  • 3 peppers (any colour), seeded, ribs removed and sliced thinly (1/4 inch)
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Caper Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed


  • PREPARE THE VINAIGRETTE: In a small bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients except the capers. Then add capers. Set aside.
  • SAUTE PEPPERS: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet on medium-high. Add peppers and saute for 4-5 minutes until tender-crisp. Add minced garlic and continue to cook for a minute. Add vinaigrette to skillet and toss. Adjust seasonings as needed. Spoon into a serving bowl. Top with chopped parsley and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Sauteed Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2966IU59%
Vitamin C 117mg142%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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