Escalivada (Eggplant Salad With Onions and Peppers)

READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
Recipe by mersaydees

Based on a recipe from Williams-Sonoma’s book, Savoring Spain & Portugal. The intro to the recipe states, “Although escalivar means 'to grill,' many restaurant cooks in Spain roast their vegetables, as it is easier and requires less maintenance. I have joined them.“ I haven’t tried this yet.

Top Review by JustJanS

I don't think this is such a visually appealing salad, but once I tasted it for seasonings, I just wanted to keep eating and eating it. It's so delicious. I had small tomatoes, onions and capsicum, so used only two eggplant and 3/4 cup oil and under 1/2 a cup of lemon juice. I grow curly parsley and love it, so I used a very generous half cup of that. I heated up my oven, bunged everything including the capsicums) in and removed them as they looked done enough. That worked well for me.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Place onions in small baking pan and rub with olive oil. Roast in oven for about 1 hour, until tender when pierced with a fork. Allow to cool enough to handle, then peel and slice ½ -inch (12 mm) thick.
  2. Meanwhile, using a fork, prick the eggplants in several places and place them in a separate baking pan. Add the tomatoes to the pan and place in the oven along with the onions. Roast the tomatoes until the skins blacken, about 15 minutes, let stand until cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into cubes. Continue roasting eggplants until soft but not mushy, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then peel and tear into large strips. Set aside to drain in a colander.
  3. Set oven to broil (grill). Stem, seed and remove ribs (pith) from bell peppers. Place, cut sides down, on a baking sheet. Broil (grill) until the skins blacken and blister. Remove from the broiler (grill), cover loosely with aluminum foil, and allow to cool for 10 minutes, and then peel away the skins. Cut into long narrow strips.
  4. In large bowl, combine onions, eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers. In small bowl, whisk together the 1 cup (8 fl ounce/250 ml) oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add to eggplant mixture and toss to coat well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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