Marinated Eggplant and Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella

Food & Wine's Kay Chun marinates raw eggplant in a bright, vinegary mix of lemon, garlic and basil. She peels and scores the eggplant slices on both sides for extra absorbency.  
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  • Servings: 4 to 6
KEY: Salads


  • 1 pound small or medium Italian eggplants, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick, slices scored on both sides at 1/4-inch intervals
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 basil sprigs, plus basil leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella, coarsely torn or chopped

How to make this recipe

  1. In a colander set over a large bowl, toss the eggplant slices with 1 1/2 teaspoons 
of salt. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil sprigs, oregano and crushed red pepper; season lightly with salt and black pepper.

  3. Squeeze all of the water from the eggplants and pat dry. Chop into bite-size pieces. Add to the marinade and let stand for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the tomatoes to the eggplant mixture and toss to coat; discard the basil sprigs and garlic. Transfer to a serving platter and top with the mozzarella and basil leaves.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before proceeding.

Suggested Pairing

Bright and herby Grüner Veltliner.

Contributed By Published August 2016

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Aggregate Rating value: 3

Review Count: 2

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: rparker069

Review Body: Not good at all. There's too much spices in it and I'm sure it will not last for few more hours after it has been cooked!

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-08-29

Author Name: janeM

Review Body: I really liked this and thought it was a good combination of flavors.  I did peel the eggplant before salting.  And yes, it is raw.  It still tasted good 3 days later.

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-10-06

Author Name: @RedRing

Review Body: Doesn't the eggplant need to be cooked?

Date Published: 2016-07-30

Author Name: Summer Tebbs

Review Body: How much mozzarella? I don't want to over saturate it.

Date Published: 2016-08-10