Green Pepper and olive salad

Everybody in Beirut goes to the mountains when the heat and humidity of the summer first hits, around July, and you see narrow winding  mountain roads teeming with cars piled up with mattresses and all manner of odds and ends for the summer getaway trip that lasts until September.

So, here I was with my grandmother in this nice hotel, and I would take meals with her; the tables at the hotel were covered with white linen tablecloth; every table had plate and silverware and a small dish of olives, along with a bag of pita bread.

One table had, in addition to that, a small dish with a green pepper in it. Every day. A green pepper on a small plate. I was so intrigued. I asked: ” Why does this table have the green pepper and we don’t?”

” Because the gentleman requested a green pepper on his table” I was told.

” Why?”

” Because he likes to eat green pepper”

The gentleman in question was a retired bachelor and he liked to eat his green pepper with his olives and bits of pita bread, every day, before his meal.

This totally trivial episode stuck with me and one day, I decided to check out the green pepper and olives with pita idea.

I fell in love with it.

Now I buy green pepper and cut big chunks and put an olive on it and eat this with some pita bread and it makes me happy.

Salad consists of shredded carrots; diced Armenian cucumbers; olives; chopped parsley.

Dressing is the usual lemon juice, olive oil combo with a smidgeon of mashed garlic and some grated fresh ginger.

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  1. Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I’ll try the green pepper with olives, that sounds good. I have been looking at your past recipes and salivating! The problem is I live in a suburb of Atlanta and many of the ingredients you mention cannot be found around here, like the Bulgarian Cheese, Puck and Armenian cucumbers. I feel pretty lucky when I find decent lamb you know, people are not too adventurous in our county – mostly southern cooking, with lots of fried food, fried tomatoes, fried chicken, fried veggies, etc.

  2. Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    enjoy reading your post every time…too good….:)

    Green pepper salad looks healthy and delicious..

  3. Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    I like this salad and love the way it is presented!

  4. Sylva
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Refreshing and light!!! I remember summers spent in Bolonia (Bologna?)… Carefree childhood years…

  5. Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    What I great idea to serve the salad inside the beautiful natural pepper. You have given me a great idea. Thanks for sharing your creativity

  6. Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    What lovely, tempting photos, Joumana! No wonder you wanted your own green pepper! I’ve always loved eating slices of ice cold green pepper…and your idea of the carrot salad and olives is perfect!

  7. Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    OH such a cute charming memory, I would be smiling too :) And the salad looks delightful as usual.

  8. Posted May 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    sounds delish and i love the idea of serving it inside the bell pepper. wonderful presentation.

  9. Posted May 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    This looks so healthy and fresh! We’re having a heat wave right now and it’s totally getting me down, but a crispy fresh salad like this would put wind back in those sails without the sluggish regrets!

  10. SYLVIA
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Nutritious life doesn’t have to be complicated, everyone wants to be a calm cool hostess not juggle pots and pans around, this is tasty, colorful and clean, excellent for a diet regimen. carrots are good source of beta carotene which turns vitamin A into your body. Nice job Joumana.

  11. Posted May 26, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I love green peppers but sometimes they upset my stomach and now prefer the other colours which are milder and sweeter but the salad does sound very refreshing.

  12. Posted May 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I love bell peppers too esp the green one….gives nice flavour and this one looks too good and very beautiful

  13. Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    You should be a food stylist. Your presentation is amazing.

  14. Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Wow…beautiful presentation. Looks like a treasure box to me….a healthy one :D

  15. Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Most of the times simple things amaze us with their headen astonishing taste. It looks great and I am sure it tastes great.

  16. Posted May 27, 2010 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Beautiful salad, love both pepper and olive in salads..

  17. Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Sounds good. I like green peppers too. Nice combination of tastes.

  18. Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Looks wonderful :)

  19. Posted May 27, 2010 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    simple mais trop bien présenté à la

  20. Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Hehe too clever! Well you know curiousity is usually rewarded and in your case rewarded with a lovely new food combination! :)

  21. Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    what a beautiful and healthy salad!

  22. Posted May 27, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    That’s a cute little edible bowl you got there. :) SO healthful!

  23. Posted May 27, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Such a pretty salad (as the one who created it), very nicely presented as well.

  24. Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    This would sit very happily next to a perfectly grilled steak. Yum!

  25. Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Simple, but delicious; funny story about this guy and “his” pepper !

  26. Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Green peppers cause indigestion for me, but I will be trying this salad w/ red bell peppers instead!!! I love the cute story.

  27. Posted May 27, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    A beautiful salad, I love that you serve it in the green pepper!

  28. Posted May 27, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Your recipe for green peppers looks amazing and I love reading about Summer and heat! I am so tired of gray skies and rain, thanks for brightening up my day!

  29. Posted May 27, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Wow, you have a lovely site, beautiful pictures and delicious recipes. I’m glad I found it. The Pepper salad looks amazing. :-)

  30. Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    You make simple things look so good, Jou :) Lovely Salad!

  31. Posted May 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Very nutritious combo of bell pepper and olives…Lovely picture.

  32. Posted May 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I need an emoticon for “yum.” Because I spend so much time telling you how good everything here looks, I need to become more time conscious and efficient.

  33. Posted May 28, 2010 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Il est trop beau ton poivron farci! je trouve les poivrons verts un peu trop forts par rapport aux rouges, mais cette salade est vraiment très appétissante et surtout très fraiche. Ah les souvenirs d’enfance, ce sont les plus précieux.

  34. Posted May 28, 2010 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Lovely pictures! Healthy and very fresh summer salad!

  35. Posted May 28, 2010 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    mais joumana,comment tu fait pour faire toute ses merveilles? que de belle recettes, aussi fraiche l’une que l’autre, bravo et bisou

  36. Posted May 28, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    This salad looks wonderful! And it sounds simple to make, too. Hegui makes all of our salads so I’ve very little experience with them. Thanks for the great service idea!

  37. Posted May 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Super-cute idea to put the salad in a green pepper. Gotta try that one.

  38. Posted May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Soo cute to have it in the little green pepper!

  39. Posted May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    First of all, your first photo is gorgeous. Such a pretty presentation. I love this salad– fresh, crisp, and healthy. And simple. I love simple.

    What a sweet memory as well, Joumana.

  40. Posted May 29, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    La présentation de ta salade est superbe, pleine de fraicheur. Décidément, je ne me lasse pas de parcourir ton blog, j’y trouve plein de jolies et bonnes choses…
    Gros bisous!

  41. Posted May 30, 2010 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I love this salad in a green pepper idea!

  42. Posted June 1, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Simply gorgeous! Reminds me of a carrot salad I made awhile back. For some reason I love the combo of olives and carrots.

  43. Posted June 1, 2010 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. Great post, concise and easy to understand. I like this post..
    I found out that this blog is very interesting and informative.
    Best of luck to you!

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