Tested till perfect Eggplant Tomato Towers with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Eggplant Tomato Towers with Balsamic Vinaigrette

The sophisticated presentation of this salad leads people to believe that it's difficult to make. In fact, it's simple - and make-ahead, too. Stack it together just before serving.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2003

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  • Portion size 8

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/2 lb/750 g) 1(1/2 lb/750 g)eggplant
  • 5 5large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 2zucchinizucchinis, (12 oz/375 g total)
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp 1tspeach of salt and pepper
  • 12 oz 12ozgoat cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspminced fresh chivefresh chives or green onions

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tsp 4tspbalsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch 1pincheach of salt and pepper
  • 4 cups 4cupstorn mixed salad greens
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Preparation

Cut eggplant and tomatoes into 1/2-inch thick (1 cm) rounds. Cut zucchini on the diagonal into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices.

Arrange eggplant, tomato and zucchini slices in single layer on 2 large greased or parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush both sides with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast in 425°F (220°C) oven for 5 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to large plate. Roast remaining vegetables, turning halfway through, until softened, about 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; reheat in 400°F/200°C oven for 5 minutes.)

Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine goat cheese with chives; set aside.

Balsamic Vinaigrette: In large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; remove 2 tbsp (25 mL) and set aside. Add greens to bowl; toss to coat.

To assemble, place 1 large eggplant round on plate; top with zucchini slice. Top with generous 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the goat cheese mixture, then 1 tomato round. Press down gently. Top tomato with about 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the salad greens. Repeat layers once. Top tower with generous 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the goat cheese mixture. Repeat to make 8 towers. Drizzle reserved vinaigrette over towers.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 311 pro 10g total fat 25g sat. fat 8g
carb 14g fibre 5g chol 20mg sodium 463mg

% RDI:

calcium 9 iron 16 vit A 42 vit C 42
folate 28
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