This Bell Pepper Salad features sweet mini-pepper rings that are marinated for 24 hours and then combined with garbanzos, olives, and Feta! See tips in the recipe if you’d like to make a low-carb version of this tasty salad.

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I made this Marinated Bell Pepper Salad years ago, after I met Utah blogger who’d posted a recipe for marinated peppers. And even though this tasty salad also has garbanzos, olives, and Feta Cheese, trust me when I say this salad is all about the bell peppers that are marinated in tasty balsamic vinegar before they get turned into a salad that uses some of the marinating liquid in the dressing.

The salad I came up with tasted like the best antipasto salad you’ve ever eaten. The marinated peppers would also be great just to keep in the fridge to add to any type of green salad. And for me, the creamy Feta cheese is the perfect flavor to go with the slightly vinegary marinated peppers. I hope you try this if these ingredients appeal to you!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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  • sliced sweet mini-peppers (or use strips of bell pepper)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (affiliate link)
  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • cloves garlic, sliced
  • Vege-Sal (affiliate link), or use a smaller amount of salt
  • coarse ground black pepper
  • canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • canned black olives
  • marinade from peppers (to taste)
  • crumbled Feta cheese

What if you don’t have sweet mini-peppers for this Bell Pepper Salad?

If you have regular red, yellow, or orange bell peppers you can cut out the seeds, cut them in strips, and marinate them to use in this salad. Either pepper option will be delicious!

How can you make a low-carb version of this Bell Pepper Salad?

If you love the idea a salad with marinated bell peppers but don’t want the carbs from the garbanzo beans, you can make a delicious salad using the bell peppers, two cans of olives, and the Feta cheese. And if you’re watching carbs, don’t fret over the amount of balsamic vinegar that’s used to marinate the peppers, because you only use a small bit of that in the actual salad, and you’re only eating the amount of marinade that clings to the peppers if you eat them plain.

Marinated Pepper Salad with Garbanzos process shots collage

How to make Marinated Bell Pepper Salad:

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  1. First make the marinated peppers. I used Sweet Mini-Peppers but use bell peppers cut in strips if you prefer. Cut peppers into rings or strips and discard seeds and stem ends.
  2. Combine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt or Vege-Sal (affiliate link), and pepper and pour over peppers.
  3. Put the peppers in a small Ziploc bag and marinate them overnight in the fridge.
  4. The next day when you’re going to make the salad, drain the pepper, catching the marinade in a bowl or large measuring cup.
  5. Whisk together some olive oil and a little bit of the marinating liquid to make the dressing for the salad.
  6. Rinse one can of garbanzo beans, and let them drain well.
  7. While the beans drain, cut olives in half; then mix them with the drained beans.
  8. Then stir in the drained peppers and desired amount of dressing.
  9. Stir in crumbled Feta cheese and serve!

Bell Pepper Salad shown on serving plate.

Make it a Meal:

This Bell Pepper Salad would be a good side dish for something like Grilled Chicken with Balsamic VinegarGreek Meatballs, Grilled Boneless Pork Chops, Greek Air-Fryer Chicken Wings, or Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish.

More Salads with Bell Peppers:

Marinated Bell Pepper Salad
Yield: Makes 4 servings

Marinated Bell Pepper Salad

Prep Time 1 day 20 minutes
Total Time 1 day 20 minutes

This Marinated Bell Pepper Salad has garbanzos, olives, and Feta, and this a tasty salad for lunch or dinner!


Ingredients for Marinated Peppers:

  • 3 cups sliced sweet mini-peppers (or used diced bell peppers)
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Vege-Sal (or use 1/2 tsp. salt)
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

Ingredients for Salad:

  • one 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) rinsed and drained well
  • one 6 oz. can black olives, drained well and cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T marinade from peppers (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese


Directions for Marinated Peppers:

  1. Cut peppers into rings, cutting towards stem end and discarding stems and seeds. (I used a combination of red, yellow, and orange peppers.)
  2. Put peppers into Ziploc bag.
  3. Combine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt or Vege-Sal (affiliate link), and pepper and pour over peppers.
  4. Allow to marinate in refrigerator 24 hours, turning occasionally.

Directions for Salad:

  1. Drain peppers and save 2 T of marinade.
  2. Combine olive oil and reserved marinade, starting with smaller amount of marinade and tasting until it seems strong enough for you.
  3. Rinse garbanzos well (until no more foam appears) and let drain at least 10 minutes.
  4. Drain olives and cut in half lengthwise, then combine drained garbanzos and olives.
  5. Add the marinated peppers and desired amount of dressing.  (Some marinade will stick to the peppers, so you may not need all the dressing.)
  6. Gently stir in crumbled Feta and serve.
  7. This will keep in the refrigerator for a day or two, although I would add the cheese right before you serve it.


Nutritional information is for the finished salad and doesn't include all the marinating liquid, since only a small amount of that is used. Recipe inspired by Marinated Peppers from Erin Eats.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 333Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3.4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12.4gCholesterol 8.3mgSodium 957mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 11gSugar 10gProtein 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With the garbanzo beans this Marinated Bell Pepper Salad would be too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet. You can make a lower-carb salad by using the peppers, two cans of olives, and the Feta Cheese. The salad with garbanzos is a great dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. 

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Bell Pepper Salad recipe was first posted in 2006! It was updated in 2012 with better photos and was last updated with more information in 2024.

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