Marinated Eggplant and Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella

Active Time: 45 MINTotal Time4 HR 30 MIN
Yield: Serves : 4 to 6

Food & Wine‘s Kay Chun marinates raw eggplant in a bright, vinegary mix of lemon, garlic and basil. She peels and scores the eggplant slices on both sides for extra absorbency.Slideshow: More Summer Salads 


  • 1 pound small or medium Italian eggplants, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick, slices scored on both sides at 1/4-inch intervals
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 basil sprigs, plus basil leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella, coarsely torn or chopped

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a colander set over a large bowl, toss the eggplant slices with 1 1/2 teaspoons 
of salt. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, tossing occasionally.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil sprigs, oregano and crushed red pepper; season lightly with salt and black pepper.

Step 3    

Squeeze all of the water from the eggplants and pat dry. Chop into bite-size pieces. Add to the marinade and let stand for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 4    

Add the tomatoes to the eggplant mixture and toss to coat; discard the basil sprigs and garlic. Transfer to a serving platter and top with the mozzarella and basil leaves.

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