• Mike

Eggplant Salad

Calling this a salad seems a bit insulting to the dish, or perhaps a little puffery to the genre of salads, but we're at a loss for what else to call a bunch of vegetables tossed in vinegar and olive oil. I digress. This "salad" is so rich, it feels like you're committing a sin while eating it.


This takes a bit of lead time for the eggplant to "sweat" - so budget about 30-45 minutes of rest time.


Ingredients (4 servings as a side dish)

  • 1 eggplant, sliced crosswise about 1 cm thick

  • 1 large, 2 medium, or 10-15 cherry tomatoes, cut into bite size pieces

  • 1/2 onion, or 3-4 green onions cut into chunks

  • 1 small cucumber, diced

  • 1/3 cup salty feta cheese

  • Small bunch of fresh oregano, thyme, or other summer herbs

  • Olive oil

  • Lime juice or white wine vinegar

  • Salt

  • Pepper

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Eggplant salad

Method

  • Put the eggplant on a wire rack, and salt both sides of the slices liberally (this will make the eggplant sweat out some of its moisture, and let it crisp up on the grill)

  • Let eggplant rest & sweat for 30-45 minutes - put a tray under them to catch the drips

  • Heat grill to medium-high

  • Dab the moisture off the eggplant with a paper towel so they're dry

  • Brush one side with olive oil, and grill

  • Once you've got a nice sear/char, brush the other side with oil and flip the eggplant

  • Once the other side is seared/charred, remove to a plate, then cool immediately in the fridge (or freezer if you're short on time)

  • Chop the rest of your veggies and dice your herbs

  • When cool, slice the eggplant into thick slices

  • Toss the salad in good oil, and your vinegar/lime juice, salt and pepper to taste

  • Top with crumbled feta cheese

Wine Pairing


Eggplant is fatty, smoky, and creamy; feta is salty and rich. Fat + salt screams out for Ontario's premier grape - Riesling - to clean the palate between bites.

Or, for something a little different, try a still cider that hits all the same notes as a riesling:

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