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Dec 25, 2018

Roasted TriColored Pepper Salsa | Best Appetizers from 2018

Roasted tricolored pepper salsa: Bell peppers in three colors that are roasted in the oven, peeled and chopped, and tossed with red onion, basil, cilantro, white wine vinegar, olive oil and a bit of sugar and pepper.

Roasted TriColored Pepper Salsa

This roasted tricolored pepper salsa, served with toasty crostini, is a wonderful and light cocktail party appetizer.

Because it's so juicy, this roasted tricolored pepper salsa is also excellent over grilled salmon, halibut, or other firm fish. You can also use it as a sauce for pork tenderloin or pork chops. This salsa is adaptable and versatile.

Roasted TriColored Pepper Salsa with Crostini

What is the best way to roast and peel bell peppers?

I'm not sure if this is the best way, but the following method is the one that works for me:
  1. Split the bell pepper in half lengthwise, and remove the stem, ribs, and seeds. 
  2. Place the peppers, skin side up on a foil lined baking sheet, flattening them with your hand. 
  3. Place the sheet pan on the middle rack of your oven and turn on the broiler. Broil until the skins have blackened. 
  4. Remove the peppers from oven and place them in a ziplock plastic bag. Let them rest for 15 minutes in the sealed bag, and then peel with your hands. Don't worry if you don't get every bit of skin. 
Roasted bell pepper salsa

I love the combination of the sweetness from the peppers, the acid from the vinegar, and the crunch of the red onions. I was also pretty happy with the pairing of the basil with the cilantro. 

With the New Year holiday coming, it's always nice to add a few new appetizers to your recipe box. While I like to go with a few "tried and true" recipes when I'm throwing a get together, I also love to try new ones to change things up a bit. 

Experimenting on your guests with new appetizer recipes is easier than with a new main course. The stakes are much lower, and you usually have a back up, even if it's just cheese and crackers. 

Here are a few more last minute appetizers from my favorite food bloggers for New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, or any time you need a tasty bite to go with cocktails or to snack on while watching a bowl game:

Thank you to Ellen of Family Around the Table for getting us together to share appetizers for the New Year! 

After the recipe, I'm also sharing with you my favorite appetizer posts on this blog from this year, so be sure to check them out. You'll also find links to even more favorite appetizer recipes, all in one place!

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Yield: 10 servings of two topped crostini slices

Roasted TriColored Pepper Salsa


  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper
  • 1 large orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne (or white wine) vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 20 1/4 inch thin diagonally cut slices from a baguette. 


  1. Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the stems, seeds, and ribs. Place them on a foil lined baking sheet and press them down with your hands to flatten them. 
  2. Place the pan on the middle rack of your oven and turn on the broiler. Broil the peppers, watching closely, until their skins have blackened. Rotate the sheet if necessary. 
  3. Place the peppers straight from the oven into a zip lock plastic bag and seal. Let rest for 15 minutes, and then peel and chop the peppers. 
  4. Mix the bell pepper, onion, basil, and cilantro together in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, and black pepper. Pour the vinegar mixture over the bell pepper mixture and stir. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 
  5. Serve with the crostini. 
Adapted from MyRecipes

More Bonus Appetizer Recipes!!!! 

Every year, Sarah of Fantastical Sharing of Recipes organizes a year end round up. You can learn more about it here.

I've rounded up some of my favorite appetizers from 2018, in no particular order. It's like choosing your favorite child. I would recommend all of these recipes to my best friend. They are all Karen's Kitchen Stories tested and approved.

After my round-up, there are links to more of my bloggy friends' appetizer recipes to try.

My Favorite Appetizer Recipes from Karen's Kitchen Stories in 2018:

Would you like to comment?

  1. Beautiful colorful, tasty! what's not to love?

    hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

  2. So festive for any gathering. Love the colors.

  3. Sounds delicious, Karen. I want to try it on shrimp!

  4. This salsa looks absolutely wonderful! I love roasted peppers. What a great way to use them!

  5. That salsa looks so beautiful - the onion dip and sourdough crackers are two of your recipes that I saved and have been wanting to try. I need to put them on my menu asap!

  6. All those colors make it so festive and delicious! And I'm always looking for different salsa recipes.


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