This is a great tasting salad that looks good, too. I made it especially for our daughter's visit recently as I wanted something fresh, with some substance but not too filling - Yum!
This attractive, fresh tasting salad is a feast
for the eyes as much as the palate, and makes a delicious accompaniment for
polenta dishes or almost anything else you can think of.
1 eggplant (450-500g)
Salt and pepper to taste
1x 400g tin cannellini beans
½ packed cup roughly torn or chopped mint
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
¼ cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
Pre heat oven to 190 C.
Slice the eggplant into 1cm rounds. Brush both sides with neutral oil or dip into a bowl of oil and wipe
off any excess on the lip of the bowl. Place the slices on an oven tray in a
single layer. Bake at 190 for about 25 minutes, until golden brown on both
sides. Turn once during cooking. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper,
and slice the rounds in half.
zucchini with a potato peeler into long ribbons. Toss in neutral oil to coat lightly and
season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread onto a baking tray and bake at 190 C for 5- 7 minutes or until just cooked through, tossing once or twice. Remove from the hot tray to prevent further
cooking and preserve colour.
rinsed and drained beans in a large bowl and toss with the mint, lemon zest and
the beans with the roasted eggplant and zucchini, season to taste, and add a
little more lemon and mint if wished. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish
with the parsley.