Friday, February 27, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper & Fennel Salad

  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 head leaf lettuce - rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, diced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • black pepper to taste
    Preheat broiler. Grill pepper under the broiler until the skin is blackened, and the flesh has softened slightly. Place pepper in a paper bag or resealable plastic bag to cool. Remove the seeds and skin (the skin should come off the peppers easily now). Slice into strips.
    Set oven to bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place pine nuts and sesame seeds on a baking sheet, and toast until beginning to brown. They'll smell great!
    Combine lettuce greens, fennel bulb, and red pepper in a salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce and vegetable oil. Pour over salad, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts and sesame seeds, and season to taste with ground black pepper.

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