Three Pepper Salad

This three pepper salad recipe is the perfect bell pepper side dish for summer barbecues. It’s super easy to put together and I love the refreshing zest that the marinated pepper salad brings to my meals. The best part? It’s a healthy side dish perfect for grill outs and parties.

Close up of three pepper salad recipe.

Three Pepper Salad

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3 Pepper Salad - A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost BBQ season!
Our house doesn’t have air conditioning (it’s not a common feature to have where I live in Northern British Columbia ) and because we don’t want to overheat the house too much, we don’t use the oven often in the summer months. It’s safe to say that our BBQ is well used and abused.
Friday nights are our steak nights, but we also cook up chicken (like these BBQ Tex Mex Chicken Breasts), or make kebabs (like these Spicy Chicken Kebabs) but I often struggle with figuring out a side dish that’s not just healthy but incredibly tasty too.
What are bbq side dishes so hard? Especially when you’re sick of the typical side salad and baked potato?
Close up of three pepper salad recipe.
Usually, my go-to side dish is a simple spinach based salad with a homemade Greek dressing, but that gets old really fast.

I’m super picky when it comes to vegetables (I only like a handful) so we’re limited. Bell peppers are, thankfully, on the like list and when I want something zesty fresh I go for this three pepper salad.

3 Pepper Salad - A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!

Ingredients Needed for Pepper Salad

Head to your fridge right now to see if you have the following ingredients on hand for this easy belly pepper side dish:

  1. Three peppers ( different colors of bell peppers: I use red, orange, and yellow).
  2. Half a red onion
  3. Fresh parsley
  4. Rice Vinegar
  5. Toasted Sesame Oil
  6. Crumbled feta cheese
  7. Sea salt and pepper for seasoning

How to Cut Bell Peppers for Salad

For this bell pepper salad recipe I like to cut the pepper julienne, which means the peppers are cut into long, thin strips. The same goes for the red onion as well.
Not only is this more eye appealing for presentation, it’s also easier (both a win in my books).

How to Marinate Peppers

This marinated pepper salad recipe does not use canned marinated peppers. However, it is a salad that should be made ahead of time so there is the opportunity to marinate. I mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again: I like to put the recipe together in the morning if I’m BBQing that night. It will be nice and zesty by dinner time and it’s also one more thing done! You can also do this the night before, whatever works for you.

3 Pepper Salad

This pepper salad only takes a few moments to prepare, you are going to love it!

3 Pepper Salad - A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!

Recipes To Serve with Pepper Salad

How to Make Three Pepper Salad

Making this three pepper salad is really easy, simply combine the ingredients and let it sit and marinate. I recommend throwing it together in the morning, so it has all day to flavor up (yes, that’s the professional blogger term here).

Did you know The calorie content is really low in this pepper slaw inspired recipe? For 1/4 of the entire recipe, it’s only 113 calories and 11.7g of carbs. You find out the rest of the nutritional information by checking out the bottom of the recipe card below.


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The above video is an old Facebook Live I did. You can see how I put the sweet bell pepper salad together and just how simple it is! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest for more delicious recipe ideas.

3 Pepper Salad - A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!
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Three Pepper Salad

A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy side dish, summer, summer side dish, three pepper salad, zesty pepper salad
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 113kcal


  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper


  • Core and seed the peppers and slice them. Add them to a large bowl.
  • Slice the onion and add them to the bowl along with parsley.
  • Add the vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, toss with feta cheese and serve.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.7g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 121.9mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 1.4g
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What’s your favorite barbecue side dish? Leave me a comment and let me know.

 An overhead look at a marinated bell pepper salad with red onions and feta cheese.

16 comments on “Three Pepper Salad”

  1. The feta cheese is like icing on the cake. Wonderful and I am definitely trying this one out.

  2. This sounds delicious and simple to make!

  3. That looks so good! I love Pepper!

  4. This would be wonderful with those spicy chicken kebabs!!

  5. Looks great! We love peppers around our house too. Even my 8 year old loves them! 🙂

  6. I love salads and I love peppers. This simple dressing is great. It is always fun to find a different salad. Shared and pinned. Randa, thank you for sharing on Moonlight and Mason Jars link party.

  7. 5 stars
    So simple & yet so much flavour.  This is definitely a keeper!

  8. I made this salad, oh my it was good.

  9. 4 stars
    This looks amazing! Going to try it this weekend, do you have a print option?

  10. Hi, we have a sesame allergy in the family, but I’d love to make this for a weekend BBQ. Would olive oil work as a replacement for sesame oil or do you have another suggestion? Thanks so much!

  11. 5 stars
    We loved this, and will make it again. I didnt have parsley so used the tender stem and leaves of celery. And forgot the feta. Didnt need it.
    Delicious as is

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