Friday, March 13, 2015

Lebanese Roasted Eggplant Salad



roasted eggplant and vegetable appetizer

Roasted tangy eggplant salads, like this one, have been popular in Middle Eastern countries for centuries. I think they taste fabulous, are easy to make AND are really healthy too.

This  recipe is actually my cousin Elaine's recipe who is an experienced and authentic Middle Eastern cook. She invited us for brunch and served a number of memorable dishes. Although everything was very good, her tangy roasted eggplant was my favorite .

Mixed with lemon, garlic, and other herbs and spices, the eggplant salad was superb.

Extra note: Not only is this recipe naturally gluten free and vegan, all the ingredients are permissible for Passover. What a great appetizer or side this would make for the holiday!



2 eggplants

Ingredients:
1 large plump purple eggplant, or 2 medium eggplants cut in half lengthwise
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of  red, green and or yellow peppers, chopped very fine
1 clove of garlic, chopped very fine
1/4 cup of tomato, chopped very fine
1/4 cup of red onion, chopped very fine
salt to taste
1/4 cup of olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil
Brush the flesh of the eggplant with olive oil
Place the two eggplant halves on the cookie sheet flesh side down.
Pierce the eggplant halves a few times with a fork and bake on 400 for about 25 minutes . Remove from oven, allow to cool. When able to handle, scoop out the flesh
Add lemon juice, salt, and oil . Using an immersion blender , mix slightly.
Add the chopped garlic, tomatoes, and peppers.

Serve with gluten free chips and other appetizers

Vegan and gluten free Middle Eastern appetizers

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    3 comments:

    1. Hi Judee,
      Your Roasted Eggplant Salad looks delicious. Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday!
      Happy Spring!
      Miz Helen

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      1. Thanks Miz Helen,
        I appreciate your comments. Glad you like it.

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    2. I love appetizer salads like this--perfect for munching. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

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