Recipe by swmdecoy-spam
Note: When made a day or even several hours ahead, the parsley will lose some of its bright green color. If you prefer, you can gently stir in the parsley at serving time.
Top Review by Alyss05
I made this recipe a couple years ago and loved it! I made it this afternoon with a few changes. I halved it (had only one eggplant :) and used even less cumin. I remember it tasting overwhelmingly of cumin last time. I ended up using a scant teaspoon of cumin, a full teaspoon of New Mexico pepper and no cayenne or parsley. I would have enjoyed parsley, though. I also threw a half dozen cloves of garlic in with the eggplant to roast. Really yummy! I like it warm in a tortilla with cheese, or cold as a side dish. A really yummy recipe!
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for the baking sheet
- 2 eggplants, stemmed but unpeeled (about 2 pounds total)
- kosher salt
- 1 -1 1⁄4 lb plum tomato, halved, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (see note)
Directions See How It's Made
- Arrange rack at center position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a large, heavy baking sheet generously with olive oil.
- Cut each eggplant into 1-inch cubes and place them on baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/2 cup olive oil, then toss to coat all the eggplant well. Spread diced eggplant in a single layer in pan and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden and tender, about 15 minutes. Watch carefully so that eggplant does not overcook. Remove and cool 10 minutes. Transfer to large non-reactive mixing bowl and add tomatoes, onion and garlic.
- Whisk lemon juice with cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Pour mixture over eggplant and tomatoes, and toss very gently, taking care to keep eggplant intact.
- Add parsley to bowl with eggplant. Mix gently. Taste and season with more salt, and a squeeze or two more of lemon juice if desired. (This salad actually tastes better when prepared 3 to 4 hours ahead so that the flavors can meld. It can be prepared a day in advance. Refrigerate and bring to room temperature 30 minutes before serving when making ahead.).
- Spoon salad into a serving bowl or onto a platter. Makes 4 to 6 servings.