Monday, May 23, 2016

Eggplant, Tomato and Pepper Salad

Last Tuesday, before all the move craziness began, Kim and Kurt came over for dinner.  It had been a couple of months since we had spent any time together and we had a wonderful relaxing visit and we were anxious to catch up on each other's lives.

I had planned on Beer Butt Chicken and I had some redskin potatoes that I roasted on the grill but that left me wondering what to serve as a veggie side.  I could have opened up a can of corn.  That would have made Kurt and Frank happy but it just seemed kind of blah to me.  So I looked in the refrigerator and found an eggplant and red bell pepper.  I had some Compari tomatoes on the counter that needed to be used so I decided to make a salad.

Kim and I LOVED it.  Frank thought it was okay.  Kurt didn't even try it.  Perhaps I should have opened up the corn too.......

I had originally planned to share this recipe along with the wine I served for French Winophiles but then the craziness began.  I am sharing this with you now while sipping my coffee and gearing up for another day of packing and sorting.  Talk to you soon.

Eggplant, Tomato and Pepper Salad

1 eggplant, peeled and sliced
1 red bell pepper
4 tomatoes, quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Parsley flakes
1/2 T. Basil, minced

Place eggplant slices and whole red pepper on a hot grill.  Grill the eggplant about 10 minutes per side until grill marks are pronounced and the eggplant is tender,  Remove to a plate to cool.  Grill the red pepper until charred on all sides.  Remove to a paper bag to cool.

When cool enough to handle cut the eggplant into large dice and place in a bowl with the tomatoes. Remove the charred skin from the pepper rinsing it under cold water and removing the stem and seeds, cut into large dice.

Place remaining ingredients into a jar and shake until well combined.  Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.  Let sit at room temperature for up to two hours before serving.  Print Recipe


  1. I haven't eaten much eggplant in my life. But this sounds very good!

    1. Eggplant is one of my favorites especially grilled or roasted.

  2. This salad is so lovely. I've had something similar to it but can't wait to try this.


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