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Eggplant Caprese Salad

Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Prep 25 mins Stand 20 mins Grill 10 mins
Eggplant Caprese Salad
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  boiling water
  • 1/4  cup  dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • 1 1  pound  eggplant
  • 3  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1/3  cup  coarsely snipped fresh basil
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  balsamic vinegar
  • 2  7- to 8-ounce  balls fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4  large heirloom tomatoes, such as Brandywine, cored and thinly sliced
  •  Coarse salt
  •  Ground black pepper
  •  Small fresh basil leaves
Directions

1. In a small bowl combine boiling water and dried tomatoes. Let stand for 20 minutes. Drain, discarding water; chop tomatoes.

2. Trim stem and blossom ends of eggplant; cut eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place slices on a baking sheet; brush both sides of slices generously with the 3 tablespoons oil and sprinkle evenly with the 1 teaspoon salt and the 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

3. For a charcoal or gas grill, place eggplant slices on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly charred and tender, turning once halfway through grilling. Transfer grilled slices to a clean plate and let cool to room temperature.

4. In a food processor or blender combine dried tomatoes, the snipped basil, the 1/4 cup oil, and the vinegar. Cover and process or blend until finely chopped.

5. On a large platter arrange eggplant slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and tomato slices, overlapping slices. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt and pepper. Spoon dried tomato mixture on top. Garnish with basil leaves. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (Eggplant Caprese Salad)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 376,
  • Fat, total (g) 30,
  • chol. (mg) 47,
  • sat. fat (g) 12,
  • carb. (g) 11,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 12,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 14,
  • vit. A (IU) 1506,
  • vit. C (mg) 18,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 36,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 710,
  • Potassium (mg) 528,
  • calcium (mg) 475,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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