Eggplant and Tomato Salad with Basil
I’ve never made anything like this one before. Found the recipe in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest (amazing cookbook btw) and had to try it as I love eggplant and never eat enough of it! The cookbook lists this recipe as Italian, and I’d agree. Tastes like something I’d find at an Italian restaurant as a pasta sauce or topping for crusty bread. I, personally, serve this as a warm salad. The flavors work perfectly here, and the basil makes everything come together. A must for any eggplant & tomato lover!
- 1.5 lbs eggplant chunks (one small-medium eggplant)
- 2 tb evoo
- 1 medium onion (1 cup minced)
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp colored sea salt
- 1 medium stalk celery
- 3 medium or 4 smaller tomatoes
- 2 tb red wine vinegar
- 2 tb tomato paste
- 3-5 tb fresh basil
- 3-5 tb fresh parsley
- 2 tb toasted pine nuts
Place the pine nuts on a small skillet. Toast gently on med-low heat until lightly browned, stirring. Remove from heat and set aside.
Steam the eggplant cubes for 10 minutes. Reserve in a medium-large bowl.
In the same boiling water you used for steaming the eggplant, drop the tomatoes in for about 30 seconds. Remove and peel. Discard seeds.
Saute the onions, garlic, and salt in the evoo for 5 minutes over med-low heat. Add the celery for an additional 5. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste for a couple more minutes, stirring to dissolve & combine tomato paste. Add contents of pot to eggplant. (All veg should be chopped)
Add the vinegar, parsley, basil, pepper, and pine nuts. Stir well to combine. Serve warm, cold, room temperature, on crusty bread, as a pasta sauce, the list goes on! Keeps well in the fridge for a few days
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