Mediterranean Roasted Eggplant Salad

October 18, 2022
Just when I thought the goodies from everyone’s garden had come to an end, I was gifted a bag of fresh picked produce with the most perfect eggplant inside. I used to always associate eggplant with the classic Italian parmesan dish, but there is a Greek market nearby that introduced me to a new way of eating it. The market has a small deli inside that sells prepared food, and one of the salads they serve is made with roasted eggplant as its main ingredient. The eggplant is then accompanied by a bunch of flavors generally associated with Mediterranean cuisine.

This salad is really easy to make and is a great way to eat seasonally. I threw in the last of my tomato supply and picked through what was left of the mint in the yard. The addition of fresh herbs and some lemon juice helped to add a bright, fresh flavor to balance out the warming spices. You can serve this as a side dish at dinner or just enjoy it with some pita bread for a light but filling lunch. I recommend keeping the skin on the eggplant while it roasts, as it helps to keep it from falling apart and turning too mushy.
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Mediterranean Roasted Eggplant Salad

Recipe Type: Salads
utensils YIELDS 2 servings
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  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1-4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
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Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Toss the eggplant in the olive oil and pour onto baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it begins to brown and caramelize.

3. Remove eggplant from oven and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and mint and toss together. Set aside.

4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, spices, salt, and black pepper to make the dressing.

5. Pour dressing over the salad and mix well to coat. Serve hot or cold.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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