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Bell Pepper Smoked ‘Salmon’ [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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Red bell peppers when peeled and marinated develop a flavor and texture reminiscent of smoked salmon! It functions as a wonderful toast topping, sushi or sashimi component, or a stand alone appetizer. The sweet and spicy taste of the red pepper is well complemented by the deeply umami miso and the smoke. With the light cooking in the end, the result is an intense and colorful flavor profile that lights up the taste buds.

Bell Pepper Smoked 'Salmon' [Vegan, Grain-Free]





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  • 2 red bell peppers, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 5 drops of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon miso (you can use chickpea miso for a soy-free option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil), for cooking


  1. Remove skin of the bell peppers with a peeler.
  2. Slice the bell pepper into approximate 2-inch wide pieces. Discard the seeds and clean the veins from inside the slices, leaving only the flesh of the peppers.
  3. With the tip of a sharp knife, score the pepper slices in a fine diamond pattern.
  4. Mix all the marinade ingredient in a container with a lid.
  5. Add the pepper slices into the marinade, mix to coat well, and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or up to a week.
  6. Heat the avocado oil (or olive oil) in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the peppers for 1 minute on one side. Pour some of the marinade into the skillet, flip the peppers and cook on the other side for another minute.





Simple and flavorful plant-based dinners and desserts. Maya is a photographer and a chef developing creative vegan recipes. She merges her background in visual arts with her love for healthy plant food. She is the author of the blog, Dreamy Leaf.



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