A healthy main dish or appetizer!
Roasted Eggplant Salad
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira/ The Food Network
• 2 large eggplants
• 2 tablespoons peanut oil, plus more for eggplant
• 1 medium white onion, finely diced
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 small Serrano pepper, seeded and minced
• 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves,minced
plus more picked leaves for garnish
• 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more for sprinkling
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 cups Greek yogurt, beaten until smooth
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Make 3 slashes in each eggplant, from top to tail, equally distanced around the eggplant. Rub the eggplants with a little peanut oil. Sit them on the baking sheet and roast until soft all the way to the center and the skin is brown, about 45 minutes, rotating the pan and flipping the eggplants halfway through. Remove from the oven and cool.
Once cool, skin the eggplant. Chop the flesh until it's relatively smooth but not mushy.
In a large skillet, warm the peanut oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the onion and sauté until it turns golden brown. Add the eggplant flesh, garlic, Seranno and cilantro leaves. Cook 2 minutes. Add a splash of water if it begins to stick.
Add the turmeric, cumin, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Stir and cook another 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Add the yogurt and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning, and garnish with cilantro leaves and a sprinkle of ground cumin. Serve either warm or slightly chilled.
Sally’s Notes: Mo and I simply loved this dish. The next time I have guests this will be served as an appetizer with grilled pita chips. We had it as a main dish on one of our “Meatless Mondays.” We ate it with grilled bread. Make sure you use the Greek yogurt it really makes a difference. Also I did not have peanut oil so I used canola oil.
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