Warm Eggplant Salad

It tastes so good you can eat it as a main dish! Try it on top of grilled bread slices.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound long Chinese eggplants

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided

  • salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium red bell pepper

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. Trim eggplants and cut in half if very long. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle a little Italian seasoning and salt on both sides of each slice.

  2. Preheat a griddle or heavy pan over high heat. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over eggplant slices and cook until slightly charred, about 30 seconds per side.

  3. Core bell pepper and cut into thin slices. Season with salt. Use the same griddle or pan to cook until slightly charred, about 30 seconds per side.

  4. Prepare dressing by mixing remaining olive oil, sugar, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl. Stir in remaining Italian seasoning.

  5. Layer 1/2 of the eggplant slices on a plate. Dot with cream cheese. Cover with bell peppers and remaining cream cheese. Top with remaining eggplant. Drizzle dressing over the salad. Garnish with cilantro. Serve warm, mixing right before serving.

Cook's Note:

If you use another type of eggplant, season with salt and let stand for about 20 minutes to draw out any bitterness. Rinse off the salt before proceeding with the recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
10g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 42mg 208%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 355mg 8%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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