Eggplant Tomato Towers with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Author: Canadian Living

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

Ingredients

  • 1 (1/2 lb/750 g) eggplant
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 zucchinis (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 chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch each of salt and pepper
  • 4 cups torn mixed salad greens

Method

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

%RDI

  • 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
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