Simple Grilled Red Pepper & Feta Dressing w/ Chopped Salad

This a great recipe when you have odds and ends to use up. I did a raid on the salad drawer this morning. I had peppers, a cucumber from my friend’s garden, cherry tomatoes from the Green Earth Organics poly tunnel, baby leaves, all so fresh and delicious all that was needed was a quick dressing.

Jars of organic grilled peppers are so handy for a quick addition to any dish. They are soft and sweet and stored in sunflower oil. Simply whizzed up with a feta and a few spices they make a perfect dressing or dip if you make it thicker by adding more feta.

Add your favourite toasted nuts or seeds for some extra goodness.

Lou 🙂

Ingredients: makes a jar of dressing, salad serves 2

  • For the dressing: 
  • 100g feta, add more if you like a thicker dressing
  • 1 jar of red peppers grilled in sunflower oil (190g)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • Juice ¼ lemon 
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • For the chopped salad:
  • 6 chopped cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 inches cucumber, diced 
  • ½ yellow pepper chopped 
  • 1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handful lettuce leaves, washed
  • ½ cup pecans, toasted 


Step 1: Make the dressing, to a powerful blender, add the jar of red peppers, feta, honey, lemon juice, chilli flakes and paprika. Blend until smooth. We used a Ninja smoothie blender. 

Step 2: Wash and chop the tomatoes, cucumber, and yellow pepper. Toast the pecans in the oven or air fryer at 170ºC for about minutes. 

Step 3: Build the salad, add the tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, lettuce leaves and black beans to a large plate or bowl. Drizzle over the dressing, toss to coat and scatter the pecans on top. 

You can serve the dressing on the side if you prefer. 

Jam Jar Dressing w/ Feta Salad

Lighter, brighter days love lighter brighter dishes and we welcome all the delicious colourful organic salads. Make sure to arm yourself with some handy jam jar dressings like this one, make extra and store it in the fridge!

A jam jar dressing is very satisfying to make especially when you get to shake it up like a cocktail! Feel free to adjust and change up the flavours, you could add some dried herbs, chilli flakes, fresh grated garlic, lemon juice, pesto, or what ever you like.

Now you have your dressing sorted order some incredible organic produce for your salad Keep it simple like this feta salad full ingredients below.

Lou 🙂


For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white wine or cider)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 orange juice zest and juice
  • 6 tablespoons light oil (sunflower/olive)
  • salt and pepper

For the salad:


  1. To make the dressing: Add all the dressing ingredients to a clean jam jar, put the lid on and shake well. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning if needed, it may need more salt, honey or vinegar, keep tasting and adjusting until you are happy with it.
  2. To make the salad pour half the dressing into a mixing bowl. Tear in the lettuce leaves, add the diced tomatoes, cucumber, feta cubes, zest the orange, and scatter in the olives. Gently toss through and pour onto a serving plate, top with mint leaves and serve.
  3. Keep the other half of the dressing, in the fridge, for or another day.