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Burnt Eggplant Salad

20 minutes prep
45 minutes active cooking
1 hour + 5 minutes total

Makes 4 - 6 servings
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If you think you don’t like eggplant, try burning one.

This ancient cooking technique evolved from dropping a whole eggplant onto the hot coals of fire, still a perfectly good method for roasting the mild-flavored nightshade. Cooked whole, the eggplant transforms into a soft, creamy mass that’s perfect for things like baba ganoush, the tahini, garlic, and lemon spiked dip made all across the Levant.

Burnt eggplant is great for salads, too. Chopped finely and mixed with tomatoes, parsley, and, with a nod to the Lebanese version, cucumbers, the eggplant gives the dish a silky texture and picks up the flavors of the other ingredients. And while it’s technically a salad, it’s ok to scoop it up with pita bread just like a dip. It’s best at room temperature.

What you'll need


For the shopping list


medium globe eggplant


tomatoes, chopped


Persian style cukes


bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves and tender stems, chopped


emon, juice and zest

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Kosher Sea Salt


From the kitchen


Chef's Knife


Cutting Board


Sheet Pan or Skillet

Parchment Paper


Rolling Pin, Empty Wine Bottle or Similar heavy object


Mixing Bowl

Oven or Grill

What you'll have to do

Step 1

Heat the oven to 450F. Cut a few slits in the eggplant to let steam escape and put the whole eggplant on a sheet pan or skillet (parchment paper underneath makes cleaning up easier, but isn’t necessary). Cook for 45 minutes or longer, until the skin is dark, juices are bubbling out, and the eggplant has collapsed. Let cool, split lengthwise, and peel off the skin. Use a spoon or flat edge of a knife to scrape off the cooked flesh and chop. Discard the skin.

(You can do this on a wood or gas grill, too).

Step 2

Trim the stems from the cucumbers, place in a plastic bag, and smash with a rolling pin, kitchen mallet, empty wine bottle, or similar heavy object. Pour onto a cutting board and chop into bite-sized pieces.

Step 3

Combine the cooked eggplant, smashed cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, lemon zest and juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons za’atar. Mix well, add 1 teaspoon salt, and taste. Add more salt if needed.

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