Aubergine & goat’s cheese salad with mint-chilli dressing

Aubergine & goat’s cheese salad with mint-chilli dressing

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins Plus pickling

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Serves 4

Packed with punchy flavours, this vegetarian main course salad contrasts earthy goat's cheese with tangy dressing and roasted vegetables

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  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
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  • 2 aubergines
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pieces lavash bread or pitta bread
  • 175g cherry plum tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 4 large handfuls salad leaves
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 50g hard goat's cheese

For the mint-chilli dressing

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large handful mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Cut the aubergine into 3cm chunks. Drizzle with olive oil and season. Arrange on a baking tray and roast for 25 mins or until browned.
  2. Rip the bread into pieces and put on a baking tray. Just as the aubergine is nearly ready, pop the bread into the oven and bake for 8 mins.
  3. To make the mint-chilli dressing, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and season. Toss about one-third of the dressing with the aubergine and save the rest to pour over the salad. Arrange the tomatoes, salad leaves, shallots, dressed aubergine and crisp bread on a large platter. Drizzle the reserved dressing over and scatter the goat’s cheese on top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2013

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marianne_voogt's picture
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Made this recipe tonight. I really enjoyed the dish. I made a few changes, but not so many.

I baked the eggplant, drizzled in olive oil and salt & peper and then let it cool. I baked the onion in the oven as well.
The whole dish fit together better, in my opinion, when everything was cold. The dressing was fabulous, however I had no regular balsamic vinegar (only passion fruit vinegar). The sweetness of this gave an extra dimension to the dish.

rubycatruby's picture
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Very rare to find a vegetarian dish that I really love and this ticks all the boxes. Delicious, yummy, filling. I toasted the goats cheese under the grill before serving and seasoned with specialty salt flavoured with dried garlic. Will definitely make again.

Debzie's picture

Lovely - will use red onion next time - shallots are expensive and I don't think they add anything. We don't like raw onion so I fry them a little first - used goat's chees Gouda - very yummy indeed!

broadhaven's picture
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This was delicious . Wasn't sure hubby wouldn't like it . He did! Very tasty, the dressing was very very good.

andrewnorfolk's picture
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My Girlfriend cooked this for us tonight.
It was delicious, the mint and chilli dressing was *SO* good will make this again for sure!

winnie999's picture
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This was really delicious. For me it was longer than 15 mins prep. Worth it though.