Here's a great question from a lucky reader, Helen, who just received a big basket of late-season produce. She writes:
My friend dropped off a big basket of produce for me today - cucumbers, tomatoes and mostly peppers. As lovely as they are, I'm at a loss as to what to do with them, especially the peppers. Can you recommend some ideas/recipes?
Thanks so much!
Helen, what a bounty! The cucumbers and tomatoes aren't too difficult; just chop them up into a salad with a light vinaigrette of rice vinegar, oil, and salt. Yum! We'd also love to put them in our warm reverse tabbouleh wheat salad.
With the peppers, you can ripen the green ones by leaving them in paper bags. Then we would roast them over the flame of a gas stove or under the broiler and toss them with warm boiled potatoes and good olive oil for a hot potato salad. You can see instructions for roasting red peppers here. You could also try Kathryn's recent recommendation of pipérade, which uses peppers; we have other recipes for it here and .
Readers - what else would you do with all this fresh produce?
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