10 Eggplant Salad Recipes You'll Want To Make Tonight
Cooking eggplant transforms it from spongy, bitter, and basically inedible to buttery soft, rich, and savory. And whether it's grilled, pan-fried, or roasted, eggplant makes salads notably more substantial. From Italian Eggplant Salad to Eggplant Salad with Feta and Pomegranate, these recipes use this versatile purple plant to its full potential.
Melitzanosalata Agioritiki (Athenian Eggplant Salad)
Trade your go-to Greek salad for this delicious recipe. "There are different ways to make eggplant salad, a very common summer salad in my country," home cook constantina says. "This is a version called 'agioritiki' named from Mount Athos (Agion Oros). It's refreshing with smoky flavor and can stay refrigerated up to three days. Serve it as a salad or on top of whole-wheat bread slices."
Italian Eggplant Salad
Pour herbed vinaigrette over chilled roasted eggplant for an easy side salad that will pair with most of your favorite main dishes.
Grilled Eggplant and Asparagus Salad
Grilled chicken, who? You need little more than warm grilled eggplant, asparagus, and tomatoes to turn crunchy romaine and endive lettuce into a hearty salad. Balsamic vinegar adds just the right amount of sweetness.
Roasted Eggplant and Bell Pepper Salad
This colorful make-ahead salad resembles ratatouille, minus zucchini. Reviewers have made it their own, adding mushrooms or yellow bell peppers to the pan or topping it with chickpeas, kalamata olives, feta, or Parmesan.
"Really nice flavors and textures in this with the warm, creamy eggplant and the sweet tomatoes and pungent onions," home cook Christina says. Best of all? You can make this warm salad in about 15 minutes, broiling the eggplant in the oven as you slice the tomatoes and onions.
Baked Eggplant Salad
Bell pepper and carrot sticks bring crunch to creamy eggplant slices. Finish it off with lemon dressing and fresh cilantro for double the bright flavor.
Eggplant Salad with Feta and Pomegranate
Topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, lemony yogurt sauce, and pop-in-your-mouth pomegranate seeds, this grilled eggplant salad would taste especially refreshing in the summer months. Salty feta balances the sweet fruit.
Sicilian Grilled Vegetable Salad
Here's another reason to grill eggplant — plus onion, bell peppers, and zucchini. "This is authentic Sicilian food; delicious in its simplicity. I added hot peppers. Use this as a salad with your favorite cheese or grilled meat/fish," Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen says.
Pan-Fried Eggplant Salad with Tomatoes
Slicing and salting eggplant before pan-frying helps to draw out excess water, and home cook Afiyet_olson says this also keeps the eggplant from absorbing too much oil. The acidity of capers, red wine vinegar, and even tomatoes keeps this pan-fried eggplant salad from tasting greasy, too.
Ruth's Eggplant Caponata
Keep a a jar of capers and a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes in the pantry, and you'll likely have all the ingredients you need to make this classic Sicilian salad whenever you buy eggplant. A few home cooks recommend leaving out the cinnamon, allspice, and sugar for tangier caponata.