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Sautéed Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette

For a colorful side dish of sautéed bell peppers, sauté peppers, whisk together a simple caper vinaigrette and toss everything together. Done in 12 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings (change as needed): 4
Author: Cheryl


  • 3 peppers (any colour), seeded, ribs removed and sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or more to taste)
  • 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 black 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.
  • SAUTÉ PEPPERS: Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add peppers and sauté 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 sautéed bell peppers into a serving bowl. Top with chopped parsley and serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. Vinaigrette and seasoning variations: 
    • To change the flavor profile try a variation like taco seasoning, Mexican seasonings, Italian seasoning, or just fresh herbs like thyme or basil.
    • Add red pepper flakes if you like spicy foods.
    • Shortcut: buy a vinaigrette dressing and add capers
  2. More variations:
    • Try adding a red onion, sweet onions, green onions, asparagus or snap peas.
    • To make the dish a complete meal, add cooked sausages, quinoa, rice, tofu or chicken pieces.
    • Instead of sautéing, char whole bell peppers on the BBQ.  Peel off the blackened skin. Slice and seed them. Add the caper vinaigrette.
  3. Make Ahead
    • Complete the dish and warm on the stove for a few minutes or in the microwave for 40-50 seconds.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition values are estimates based on a nutrition calculator. 
Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2966IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg