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Tasty Eggplant salads.

Eggplants are big and beautiful in Israel, as are most of the fruits and vegetables. The near tropical weather produces amazing specimens! The eggplants are so mild and tasty you can even eat them raw. I usually make 2 to 4 different varieties when we are making a holiday meal. Today I will be sharing our 2 favorite recipes. The roasted eggplant and the fried eggplant salad. Both are great to have in your fridge all the time as a staple. They are tasty condiments on sandwiches or just having them near to dip your bread in! I hope you enjoy these selections!

A little eggplant trivia...

Like other members of the Nightshade family, eggplants are really a fruit and not a vegetable.

Roasted Eggplant salad

Roasted eggplants have a mild, nutty flavor. Adding the oil and garlic just enhances it even more. This salad is a little time consuming so I usually double or triple the recipe. If you end up with too much, it can be frozen! This recipe will make 4 servings if you are using this as part of your main meal. If you are using it as a side or a condiment, there would be many more servings and of course, less calories!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour 10 min

1 hour 20 min

4 servings


  • 1 large eggplant, pierced
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 sweet green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 hot banana pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. place pierced eggplant on a greased baking sheet in the center of the oven for approximately 50 m inutes
  3. while the eggplant is baking, slice the sweet peppers thinly
  4. chop the garlic and banana pepper
  5. when you take the eggplant out of the oven you can, carefully slice it to help it cool off. Once it is cool enough to work with, peel off half the skin and make thin slices through the length of the eggplant.
  6. Continue to slice lengthwise until each length is as thin as a strand of spaghetti. then make several slices crosswise.
  7. add the vegetables, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of one lemon. salt and pepper to taste.

Did you make it?

Another interesting fact about eggplants....

Eggplants are a close relative of tobacco and have the highest level of nicotine of any vegetable. But never fear – you’d have to eat about 20kg (about 44lbs) of eggplants to equal one cigarette’s worth of nicotine!

You can serve 2 salads in one!

Fried Eggplant Salad

This one is probably one of my favorites and of course, one of the most fattening. The good thing is, it's so steeped in flavor, a little goes a long way. This one is also more work. It's good to make extra. This also freezes well.


  • 1 large eggplant (sliced or cubed)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tbls of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbls of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • hot paprika (optional) to taste


1. Use a little of the olive oil to fry the eggplants. Just before they are ready, add the onion to the pan.

2. Remove the eggplants. Place on a paper towel to drain.

3.mix the tomato paste with the remaining olive oil. Add paprika, salt and pepper

4. Put all ingredients in bowl and add the chopped cilantro.

And one more fact about eggplants....

Eggplants are made up of about 95% water!



Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on October 20, 2012:

Thank you for reading, Tycoon Sam. To tell you the truth, I didn't know it was a fruit either. I was looking for in teresting facts and found that! I hope you enjoy them!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on October 20, 2012:

Recipes look delicious! I eat eggplant all summer long and I did not know they are a fruit. Thanks for the insight.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 29, 2012:

thelyricwriter, thank you so very much for reading and commenting! To tell you the truth, I only learned about the nicotine when I started the hub! I am now beginning to understand why so many people love the research aspect of writing! I hope you like the eggplant. If not, don't worry, I'll be posting more recipes! Thank you for sharing!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 29, 2012:

I have never tried eggplant before so I would be willing. I never knew that eggplant has nicotine. That blows my mind. I know it is very little, but still quite interesting. Great work on everything, directions, facts, ect. My wife really likes eggplant so she would enjoy such a recipe. Voting this up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared also and 5 stars.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 29, 2012:

You are so welcome, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2012:

Yum - great recipes. I think the fried eggplant salad in on the menu tonight. Thanks for sharing.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 28, 2012:

@Mhatter99...Lucky you! What a great daughter you have! I love it to. Thanks for visiting!

@unknown spy...Thanks for reading! I definitely recommend it. It is really tasty!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on September 28, 2012:

i love eggplant recipes..but never heard of eggplant salad before..? sounds interesting to try.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 28, 2012:

My daughter makes me this salad. Why? I love it!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 28, 2012:

thank you for reading my Az buddy. You will definitely enjoy these recipes! And billybuc, your support is always welcome. I will try to remember not to serve you eggplant, if you are ever in my neck of the woods! I truly appreciate both of you being here when I write!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 28, 2012:

I gotta tell you, I hate eggplant. LOL....but I like you, so I'm here for support. Nice job on this hub; it looks great visually. You have come a long way in a short time. Well done!

carol stanley from Arizona on September 28, 2012:

As you know I am an eggplant lover...So these can be added to my repetoire of eggplant excellence. Thanks for sharing these lovely salads and photos....Voting UP.

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