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Amazing Ottolenghi salad

I am in love with this eggplant salad from Ottolenghi! It’s a recipe from the Ottolenghi Cookbook. Normally I am not a big fan of eggplant, but this looked so good I gave it a try…it is amazing! It is a classic Ottolenghi salad with lovely contrasting flavours.

Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 2 eggplants
  • Basil
  • pomegranate seeds
  • pinenuts
  • 180gr greek yogurt
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • Saffron threads
  • lemon juice

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Cut the eggplant crosswise (halfway). Cut the upper (thinner) part halfway and again so you get 4 slices of about 0.5 – 1cm thick. Do the same with the lower part and cut this so you get 6 parts. Sprinkle the eggplant parts with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Place the eggplant parts on a oven grid that is covered with baking paper for about 35-45 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn all the eggplant parts to bake the other side properly as well.
  3. Add a pinch of saffron threads to 3 tbsp of hot boiling water in a small bowl and leave for 5 minutes.
  4. Make the dressing by mixing the greek yogurt with 1 small garlic clove, 3 tbsp of olive oil and 2 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Add the saffon (including the water) to the yogurt mix. Stir until a nice smooth light yellow yogurt dressing.
  5. Once the eggplants are slightly blackened and crispy they are ready. Place the eggplants loosely on a large plate, distribute the basil leaves, pomegranate seeds and pinenuts over the eggplant pieces. Finally, drizzle the saffron yogurt over the ingredients.

I served this salad with couscous and kofte. Enjoy the explosion of amazing contrasting flavors!

 

Written by Lovely Dutchy

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