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Aubergine Salad Recipe.

Aubergine Salad

Aubergine Salad – “Melitsano Salata”

Ingredients:

4 large Aubergines
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
125 ml olive oil (1/2 cup)
4 tablespoons lemon juice
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

To prepare this super easy melitzanosalata recipe (Greek eggplant dip), start by baking the eggplants. You could either bake them whole or sliced, depending on the time you have available.

If you choose to bake them whole, use a fork to make some wholes on the aubergines, place on a tray and bake for about 1 hour. Alternatively for a quicker version of this melitzanosalata recipe, cut the eggplants in slices and place them on a baking tray, lined with parchment paper.

Coat with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme, season with salt and pepper and add 1-2 cloves of garlic. Cover with parchment paper and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until tender.

For this melitzanosalata recipe you need to use only the flesh of the eggplants. Peel the eggplants and dice the pulp. Place the pulp and the other ingredients in a large bowl and vigorously mix with a wooden spoon. (If you prefer your melitzanosalata to have a creamier texture, then add the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse, adding the olive oil gradually on a steady stream. Alternatively mash the eggplants using a fork).

Let the melitzanosalata (Greek aubergine dip) cool down and put in the fridge to allow the flavours to mingle. Serve the melitzanosalata in a small bowl garnished with a whole black olive. Enjoy!