Italian Roasted Red Pepper Relish is a delicious condiment to serve with an antipasto platter. Fresh roasted red peppers, garlic, basil and mild pickled pepper rings make up this easy, versatile and colorful dish.

Italian roasted red pepper relish in a serving bowl

This relish  is one of my oldest recipes that I published first back in 2014. I’ve made a couple of updates (which makes it so much better) along with (much) better pictures.

This relish is one of the components that always makes an appearance when I serve antipasto, which is my favorite way to eat. A bit of this, bit of that, it’s just fun especially when entertaining.

An overhead showing the vibrant red relish and green basil


Along with mushroom pâté (recipe link below) a combo of Italian meats, cheeses, pickles, these 2 dishes give a the antipasto  a homemade feel instead of just a collection of store bought items.


After researching roasted red pepper recipes, I come to find that this recipe is similar to the Serbian relish ajvar (pronounced aye-var). The Ajvar comes  with the addition of eggplant minus the pepper rings like I added to my recipe. You learn something new every day.

A holding a piece of crusty bread topped with the relish

Spice options
This relish is not spicy. If you want to spice it up, mix in some red pepper flakes or red chili peppers before blending.

What is the difference between relish and chutney?
The quick and easy answer is, chutney is a relish made with fruits instead of vegetables.

Red Pepper Relish Uses
Crostini, sandwiches, use as a dip, top a burger, use on grilled meats and fish.


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Yield: 2 cups

Italian Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Italian roasted red pepper relish in a small bowl with pickles, cheese and crusty bread

Fresh roasted red peppers, garlic, basil and mild pickled pepper rings make up this easy, versatile and colorful dish.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 16 ounces roasted red peppers, drained * see note
  • ¼ cup mild or spicy pickled pepper rings
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Small pinch salt & black pepper


  1. To a small saucepan, add the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the whole garlic clove and cook until it is evenly brown. Remove the garlic from the oil, keep 1 tablespoon of the oil. Save the rest for salad dressing.
  2. To a blender or food processor, add the red peppers, garlic, pepper rings, basil, pulse until chopped. Mix the vinegar and sugar together and add to the blender along with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil from the browning of the garlic. Blend until combined, but not smooth.
  3. Transfer to well sealed containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.


This is the weight of the peppers alone, without the liquid

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 124Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 1g