5/20/2014

Eggplant Salad

Eggplant Salad

This is one of my favorite salads since I was a kid. Some people say it's not healthy for our liver. But I eat huge quantities whenever I get the chance, and I have never had any problems. I have problems only when I feel like eating eggplant salad and I don't have eggplants in my kitchen. This is why I chose to preserve it in small glass jars for winter.

But today I am writing the recipe of fresh eggplant salad, the way I know it from my mother, who has a Greek origin. The eggplant salad is not made with baked eggplants, as I saw on the internet. The original Greek recipe is made with burned (grilled) plump eggplants.

Ingredients:

- 3-4 plump eggplants
- about 1/2 cup of olive oil
- salt to taste
- a finely chopped onion (optional)
- 3-4 tbsp. of mayonnaise (optional)

First of all the eggplants must be grilled, exactly like meat, except that for a longer time, about 20 minutes. You have to place the eggplants on a grill or directly on the gas-fire, and turn them on every side until they soften inside and the peel gets burned. Then put the eggplants in a sink and after they cool a little, remove the burnt peel then wash the core carefully and leave it in a sieve to drain because a too washy salad doesn't taste so good.

Eggplant Salad

Eggplant Salad

After one hour you can chop the eggplant cores with a chopper, or you can blend it in a blender. Then add the oil and salt, mix them well and that's your eggplant Greek salad. If you like, you can add an onion very finely chopped, the taste it's even better. I always add some mayonnaise because it enriches the salad and gives it a special white greenish color. In the pictures where there is a slice of bread and meatballs, the salad contains mayonnaise.

Eggplant Salad

If you want to preserve it, there are more ways to do it, for example, after the cores are drained, you can put them into the freezer and use them whenever you want a salad. Or you can prepare the salad (without onion) and put it into very well capped jars. Then the jars should be boiled in water (to sterilize the salad) for about 1 hour at a medium-low temperature, and when they are cool, leave them in a cold and dry place.

Enjoy!

Eggplant Salad

3 comments:

  1. Oh that's too easy n so yummy too.....and believe me it will not give you any health problem for sure!

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    1. Oh :) I think you're perfectly right! Thank you for your visit !

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  2. This weekend I tried this recipe.......it was too good!!!

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