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Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Serves 8

Time: 1 1/4 hours. If you're serving these vegetables with grilled ribs, grill the vegetables first. They're good eaten at room temperature.

Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Randy Mon
  About 2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
 3 eggplant (3 lbs. total)
 4 firm-ripe tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-in. slices
  About 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
 1 cup mint leaves, divided
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Step 1

In a bowl, dissolve 2 tbsp. salt in 3 qts. water. Cut eggplant crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Put slices in salted water; top with a plate or pot lid to submerge. Let sit 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). Drain eggplant on a kitchen towel. Arrange eggplant and tomatoes on a baking sheet. Brush all over with 1/2 cup oil.

Step 3

Grill tomatoes, covered, turning once, until grill marks appear, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Step 4

Grill eggplant (in batches if necessary), covered, turning occasionally, until browned all over and tender to the bite, 5 to 8 minutes. Arrange on a large platter.

Step 5

In a blender or food processor, purée remaining 1/2 cup olive oil, the lemon juice, 1/2 cup mint leaves, the garlic, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, the pepper, and mustard.

Step 6

Drizzle three-fourths of dressing over eggplant. Arrange tomatoes on eggplant, drizzle them with remaining dressing, and top with remaining 1/2 cup mint. Season to taste with more salt.

Step 7

Make ahead: Prepare recipe through step 5 up to 3 hours ahead, cover, and hold at room temperature. Assemble just before serving.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 245Calories from Fat 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g33%

Saturated Fat 3.1g16%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 307mg13%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%

Dietary Fiber 4.2g17%
Protein 2.8g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.