Roasted Eggplant Salad With Goat Cheese and Smoked Almonds

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Goat Cheese and Smoke Almonds

Not a cold salad. It is great at room temperature or straight out of the oven
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb Eggplant 2 large
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 4 cloves Garlic Large roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice Freshly Squeezed 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Flat Leaf Parsley Roughly Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Smoke Almonds Roughly Chopped
  • 2 oz Goat Cheese Crumbled, reserve 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 Cup Scallions Finely Chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Cut the eggplant into 1-inch cubes and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and set aside while making the marinade.
    Whisk together the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
    Whisk together the lemon juice and soy sauce. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, smoked almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little.
    Spread the finished salad in a serving bowl and sprinkle the reserved goat cheese crumbles and scallions on top.
Keyword eggplant, goat cheese, smoke almonds
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GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.