Grilled Eggplant Salad with Kalmata Olive Dressing

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This was the Vegetarian dish that made my red meat crazed husband say these exact words,”I could give up meat if all veggie dishes taste like this. You have outdone yourself babe!” A compliment like this is better than receiving a Micheline Star!

1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
salt and pepper
1 eggplant
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bunch baby spinach washed drained and pat dried
1 cucumber sliced
2 tomatoes quartered
for the dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large shallot or 1/8 red onion minced. (on this occasion I did not have a shallot so I used the red onion)
1 tbs champagne vinegar
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
12 kalmata olives chopped
1/8 c sliced pepperoncini’s chopped

Peel the eggplant and cut into 1/2″ slices. Place on paper towels and sprinkle a little salt on both sides.  This will remove moisture and any bitter taste.  Let sit for 30 min.  Flip half way through.

To make grilling the peppers easier, slice off the top and make one slice down the middle.  Open like a book and remove the seeds and veins.

In a mixing bowl whisk 1/4 cup olive oil, chopped garlic, pinch of salt and dash of pepper.  Add eggplant and peppers and toss till coated.  Grill on low heat with cover closed approx 5-7 minuets each side. Watch to make sure eggplant does not burn.  Remove from grill and let cool to room temperature.

To make the dressing whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, shallot/red onion, both vinegars,Dijon mustard, olives, pepperoncini, and salt and pepper,(1 tsp each).  Slice the cooled eggplant and peppers.  On a large serving platter plate up the spinach and add a dash of each salt and pepper. Layer the sliced grilled veggies across the top.  Arrange the sliced cucumbers and quarterd tomatoes around the edge of the platter.  Pour dressing evenly over entire salad!

A perfect Summer Vegetarian (even vegan) meal!!!!

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About the plaid and paisley kitchen

I am just like you, a modern woman juggling life, family, work, and always struggling to find time to work on my hobbies. As the wife of a very picky eater with very definitive likes and dislikes, (Mostly misconceptions of what something may taste like.) I can honestly say that every recipe on here is “Stevie Approved!” I am the Great-Granddaughter of German immigrants and I learned to cook in my mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens. As I grew and gained experience in my own kitchen I took the lessons I learned and branched out and started new traditions mixed with Old World styling. I was raised by a very artistic and talented mother, and if I inherited just a tad of her abilities then I consider myself very lucky. In primary and secondary schooling I was always heavily involved in art and drama. I still have a great passion for the theater. I think that a household should have a healthy dose of dramatic flair. I feel that food should be prepared with quality and fresh ingredients, and that meals should be served with love. I believe a home should be comfortable and beautiful at the same time, and that an organized home is a happy home!

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