Algerian Eggplant Salad

Algerian Eggplant Salad

Serves 8

The grilled vegetables appearing in this salad have a sweet, smoky flavor that complements the lime juice. The exotic spices that flavor this salad are commonly used in the North African spice mixture called dersa, which is the Algerian equivalent of curry powder. This makes a great entree salad and may also be used as a sandwich filling. From The Whole Foods Market Cookbook.

Ingredients: 
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup minced cilantro, divided
  • 3 pounds eggplant, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 pound plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 medium green peppers, halved and seeded
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded
  • Sea salt, to taste
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Method: 

To make the marinade, in a bowl, combine the olive oil, turmeric, cumin, red chile flakes, lime juice, garlic and half of the cilantro. Gently toss and marinate the eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers and jalapeño peppers in the marinade at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the grill so that you can hold your hand 4 inches above the surface for a count of 4 seconds. Grill all of the vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until cooked but not mushy.

Chill the vegetables completely. Cut the tomatoes into wedges, cut the eggplant and green peppers into bite-size pieces and mince the jalapeño peppers. Gently toss all the vegetables together with the remaining cilantro. Season with salt.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:170 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 3g protein
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