Smoky Aubergine Salad – An Authentic Recipe
My mother’s good friend in Greece makes the best smoky aubergine salad there is! Freshly harvested aubergines turn into this tasty combination of flavours; the freshness of the parsley with the earthiness of the paprika… Majestic!
This smoky aubergine salad recipe has its roots in Northern Greece. Keep it in the fridge and serve it as a healthy side dish to any food you make. Best scooped with freshly made bread or with fresh vegetables.
The certain thing is that with this recipe you will never settle for a ready-made aubergine salad again!
It is also super easy to make 😉
You need 2 big aubergines, a bunch of parsley, garlic and paprika. And for the finishing touch, a good squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil. You could also try it with chopped fresh ripe tomato if you wish. All you do is cut the tomato into small square pieces and add it to the mix just before you serve it.
Our Superstar Ingredient: Aubergine (aka eggplant)
I use aubergine very frequently in my diet. I love the unique texture and taste it brings. Now, I also know that it is not only the taste that makes the aubergine such an interesting and special food.
Aubergine, a vegetable from “nightshade family”, is a very good source of Vitamin B1!
Vitamin B1 – or thiamine – is one of the building blocks of a healthy nervous system and a well functioning heart. Our body uses it to break down the carbohydrates into sugars; or in other words, it converts one of the main foods of our diet into energy!
Our muscles need Vitamin B1 to maintain their strength, fact particularly important to people interested in muscle building 😉
But for me, the most interesting fact is that Vitamin B1 is widely known as the anti-stress vitamin! It has been noticed that deficiency in thiamine can be expressed by the inability to maintain a stable mood and the increased susceptibility to stress.
On the other hand, supplementation of thiamine has shown that people could cope better with stressful environments. You could read the study here. There are more studies done on mice testing their brain function and chronic stress levels reduction when having thiamine supplements, but I choose not to quote studies done on animals.
Plants are wonderful, aren’t they? You can see it in the colour of this aubergine salad dish, made with the most natural ingredients. Try it 🙂
Until next time, keep cooking to stay healthy!
This is a very easy Mediterranean recipe for smoky aubergine salad. The combination of the fresh parsley with the earthiness of paprika create an amazing side dish. Really healthy, you can enjoy it with bread or fresh vegetables.
- 2 aubergines
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 handfuls fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to season
Wash the aubergines and place them in the oven. Bake at 200 Degrees for one hour or until the aubergines are very soft.
Remove from oven and let them cool down.
In the meantime, chop the parsley.
Make a cut on the aubergines skin with a knife and scoop out the flesh into a bowl.
Puree the aubergine flesh with the back of a fork.
Add the olive oil, lemon, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and combine them well with a fork.
Top it up with the freshly chopped parsley and an extra drizzle of olive oil.
I always taste it and decide if I need to increase any of the ingredients. Depending on the occasion I may add more or less garlic 😉