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Our guide made this salad for us several times, during a trek through Morocco's Sahara desert. It can be a main dish, served with lots of bread, or a starter. You can add other fried veggies such as potatoes (although they would have to be par-boiled first) and you can also vary the ingredients. In fact, I think it's best when you dress it up a bit, so consider this recipe like an empty artist's palette. Try making it with red onion, instead of white, a few olives, sliced boiled eggs or some tinned fish. Mackerel seemed quite popular in Morocco but chunks of tuna would also be nice.
For the Salad
- 2 tomatoes, chopped small
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1⁄2 green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vinegar
- fresh ground black pepper
For the fried vegetables
- 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 medium eggplant, thinly sliced
- 2 eggs
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3 -4 tablespoons oil (not olive oil)
- Put all the salad ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix and leave to sit while you prepare the fried vegetables.
- Beat the eggs in a small bowl and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a 9-10" frying pan.
- I prefer a non-stick pan.
- When the oil is very hot, but not quite smoking, start dipping the eggplant into the egg and then putting it directly into the frying pan.
- Work quickly until the pan is filled.
- By the time you've covered the surface of the pan, it will likely be time to start flipping the eggplant.
- Cook until they are golden on both sides, 1-2 minutes.
- Remove the eggplant to a sheet of paper towel.
- Cover and keep warm.
- Continue frying the eggplant in batches, then cook the zucchini using the same method.
- Heap the salad in the middle of a large bowl or plate and arrange the fried veggies around the salad.
- Serve immediately.