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Thai Vegetable and Smoky Eggplant Salad

  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

The Good News Celia Brooks Brown balances the freshness and crunch of raw carrot, cucumber and cherry tomatoes with soft, smoky eggplant seasoned with a lime juice, soy and chile dressing. This salad delivers a delicious assortment of nutrient-rich vegetables—and is completely enticing.

  1. 2 long purple eggplants (1 1/2 pounds each)
  2. 8 fresh kaffir lime leaves, minced, or 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  3. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  4. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 red Thai chile, minced
  6. 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  7. 1 small garlic clove, minced
  8. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  9. 1 Hass avocado—halved, pitted and thinly sliced
  10. 1 large carrot, cut into thin julienne strips
  11. 1 medium English cucumber, thinly sliced crosswise
  12. 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  13. 1/2 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  14. Snipped chives, for garnishing
  15. 3 tablespoons chopped mint
  16. 1/2 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
  1. Light a grill. Using a fork, prick the eggplants in a few places. Grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the eggplants are very soft and blackened all over, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and let cool slightly. Cut the stems off the eggplants and scrape off the charred skin. Tear the eggplants into long strips and discard the seeds. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the lime leaves with the lime juice, soy sauce, chile, brown sugar, garlic and lemon zest. Stir 3 tablespoons of the dressing into the eggplant. Arrange the eggplant, avocado, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and red onion on a platter. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the vegetables. Sprinkle the chives, mint and cashews over the salad and serve.
Make Ahead The smoky eggplant salad can be prepared through Step 1 and refrigerated overnight. Notes One Serving 314 Calories, 16 gm Total Fat, 2.6 gm Saturated Fat, 41 gm Carbohydrates, 13 gm Fiber.