It’s time to take a hop in the time machine and go back a few months to the beginning of 2014. Remember when Dave and I did the Bon Appetit cleanse? We started the year off with two weeks of this awesome cleanse which gave us guidelines AND recipes to follow for every meal plus snacks for every day of the cleanse. It was awesome. I actually sorta miss it!
I wanted to share this recipe from the cleanse with you because I love how versatile it is. You can really use it in so many ways, as we did during our cleanse. We used this relish on chicken (seen below), on scrambled eggs, roasted tofu, and even by itself as a snack. It definitely felt good using a topping that was homemade and not store bought. Yay!
Red Pepper Walnut Relish
- ¼ cup Walnuts
- 2 Red Bell Peppers (1lb)
- 1 clove Garlic, grated
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon (or more) Aleppo Pepper* or ½ teaspoon Hot Smoked Paprika
- ½ teaspoon (or more) fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Pomegranate Molasses** or Balsamic Vinegar
- Kosher Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darker, 8–10 minutes. Let cool; coarsely chop. DO NOT BURN!! (I had to re-do this step THREE times lol)
Heat broiler. Broil bell peppers on a rimmed baking sheet, turning occasionally, until softened and skins are blackened in spots, 20–25 minutes. Transfer bell peppers to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap (or a brown paper bag), and let steam 15 minutes. Peel peppers, seed, and chop.
Toss bell peppers, garlic, mint, oil, Aleppo pepper, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, and walnuts in a small bowl; season with salt, black pepper, and more Aleppo pepper and lemon juice, if desired.
Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
*Aleppo Pepper is a great spice to have handy. See if you can find it at Whole Foods or another spice market
**Pomegranate Molasses can be found at most grocery stores, just ask someone where it is. This is a great item to have for other mediterranean recipes. It’s delicious.
This relish can be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week.
Recipe from: Bon Appetit 2014
The relish was such a delicious topping on this chicken recipe from the cleanse. It adds a super flavorful punch and a really nice crunchy texture too. I love the flavor that is brought to the table by the pomegranate molasses. You can absolutely taste it and I totally recommend going out and buying it even if it’s just for this.
If you’re wondering what that gorgeous lookin’ side of white beans is, you can read about it here. These are just a few of the recipes from the cleanse… pretty awesome right?
You can find a few of my favorite cleanse recipes here…