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.
- Portion size 8 servings
- 1 (1/2 lb/750 g) eggplant
- 5 tomatoes
- 2 zucchini (12 oz/375 g total)
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
- 12 oz goat cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chive
- 2 tablespoons minced green onion
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 pinch each of salt and pepper
- 4 cups torn mixed salad greens
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 facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 463 mg
- Protein 10 g
- Calories 311.0
- Total fat 25 g
- Cholesterol 20 mg
- Saturated fat 8 g
- Total carbohydrate 14 g
- Iron 16.0
- Fibre 0.0
- Folate 28.0
- Sodium 0.0
- Sugars 0.0
- Calcium 9.0
- Protein 0.0
- Calories 0.0
- Total fat 0.0
- Vitamin A 42.0
- Vitamin C 42.0
- Potassium 0.0
- Cholesterol 0.0
- Saturated fat 0.0
- Total carbohydrate 0.0