South African - Roasted Eggplant Salad

"This recipe is from a website called South African Traditional Recipes and has been posted here for the ZWT-7 Tour of South Africa. It sounds excellent."
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  • To roast the eggplants, preheat a charcoal or gas grill or a broiler.
  • Roast the eggplants, turning as needed, until the skin is charred on all sides, the time will vary depending on the cooking method you use.
  • The eggplant is cooked when it is soft and looks somewhat deflated.
  • Place the eggplant on a plate to cool.
  • Trim and seed the red pepper, then cut into 1/4-inch dice.
  • Cut the cucumber lengthwise in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and cut into ¼-inch dice.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion.
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  • Once the eggplant is cool enough to handle, remove as much of the skin as possible along with any large dark seeds.
  • Cut the eggplant into 1-inch squares and place it in a colander in the sink or over a bowl for 5 to 10 minutes to allow excess liquid to drain, set aside until needed.
  • Transfer the eggplant to a serving dish and add the red pepper, cucumber, onion and garlic.
  • Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately or the salt will draw out too much moister from the vegetables.

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  1. UmmBinat
    Really good. I love eggplant. DD1 (4 years old) and I enjoyed it. DH supposedly hates eggplant so he didn't try it. I followed the recipe exactly using sea salt to taste. I may make this again. Made for PAC Spring 12.
  2. K9 Owned
    I made the dish exactly as directed. It was a nice and easy way of roasting the eggplant and I liked it very much. Another time I might play with the dressing to kick it up a little. Thank you for posting such a pretty, healthy salad!<br/>Made for the Food.Commandos ~ ZWT 7
  3. Artandkitchen
    Nice description for the eggplant preparetion! Yummy in any case.<br/>I added some fresh cilantro from the garden.<br/>Thanks for the recipe. Done for ZWT7
  4. Dr. Jenny
    We brought this salad to a South African inspired dinner party last night. It was easy to make and healthy. Like another reviewer, I would also play with the dressing next time to make it a little more flavorful. Drizzling leftovers with red wine vinegar helped to give it some zing. Thanks!


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