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Grilled Leeks with Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette & Goat Cheese

Amy Albert

Yield: Yields 1 cup vinaigrette.

Servings: four as a first course.

To make the vinaigrette ahead, char the peppers under a broiler flame instead of a grill fire and be sure to whisk the vinaigrette just before serving. Any leftover dressing is good with all sorts of grilled or steamed vegetables and with arugula, too. Try a combination of red and yellow peppers.


  • 2 small or 1 large red bell pepper (enough to yield 1 cup roasted)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil; more for preparing the leeks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 medium leeks, root end intact (dark green parts removed), halved lengthwise, and washed
  • 2 oz. goat cheese
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or basil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 450
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 330
  • Fat (g): 36
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 24
  • Cholesterol (mg): 10
  • Sodium (mg): 400
  • Carbohydrates (g): 28
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 6


Make the vinaigrette:

  • Prepare a grill fire. Slice off the tops and bottoms of the peppers and make an incision down the length of each pepper. Flatten each into one long piece; remove the ribs and seeds. Char the peppers skin side down over a medium-hot fire until the skins are blackened and blistered. Transfer to a small bowl, cover with plastic, and let steam. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins. Put the flesh in a food processor, along with the garlic, vinegar, and cayenne; purée until smooth. With the motor running, pour the olive oil through the feed tube in a slow, thin stream. Adjust the seasonings and thin with a bit of water if needed (it will be fairly thick).

Prepare the leeks:

  • Simmer the leeks in well salted water until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Arrange on a platter and let cool to room temperature. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill the leeks over a medium-hot fire until charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. While they’re still warm, drizzle them with the vinaigrette, crumble the goat cheese over the top, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.


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