Grilled Pepper and Olive Relish

This is a delightful little salad/relish, perfect as a sandwich topping or as relish with grilled food. It is a nice alternative to the usual salad. I use black olives as I prefer their taste to green olives, however you can use green olives if you prefer. This relish is very healthy, packed with vitamin C and antioxidants and very low in fat, only including healthy mono-unsaturated fats from the olive.

This is a delicious topping for bread, rice cakes and more

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Grilled Pepper and Olive Relish

Serves 3-4 as a side dish


  • 700 grams (25 oz) peppers (red), sliced into 4-6 parts and grilled/baked
  • 40 (1½ oz) grams pitted olives (black), chopped very finely or sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Handful fresh parsley


  1. Slice the 700 grams peppers lengthwise into 4-6 parts, scoop out the seeds and place on a baking tray with baking parchment. Skin side up. Bake at 220 degrees Celsius/425 Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 7, for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the peppers (whilst still very hot) and place in a plastic bag. Close the bag and wait 5 minutes. Peel the skin off.
  3. Slice or chop the 40 grams olives finely. Set aside.
  4. Peel the garlic glove and chop coarsely
  5. Transfer the peppers to a food processor along with the garlic clove, 2 tablespoons agave nectar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons capers, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and a handful fresh parsley. Blend for 5 seconds or so, just to chop the ingredients fairly finely (be careful not to over blend). Transfer to a serving bowl and add the olives.
  6. Serve at room temperature (not too cold).


  • I love this relish on toast, oatmeal biscuits, rice cakes and more. I also often serve this as a side dish with grilled food.
  • Keeps in the fridge for several days.
  • You can use lime juice instead of lemon juice.
  • You can use green olives instead of the black ones.
  • You can use maple syrup instead of the agave nectar.
  • Add a handful of chopped walnuts for a delicious and healthy treat.