Sephardic Spiced Salad
This grilled eggplant and chickpea salad is the perfect picnic food to beat the insufferable summer heat.
It’s been in the 90’s for weeks here in Austin, Texas, but now that Memorial Day has passed it officially feels like summer. Pull out the margaritas and jorts, and put away the casseroles and roasts! When the temperature gets this high, I have zero desire to turn on my oven. Ideally, I would lounge all day in a hammock on my porch as a gentleman caller fans me and feeds me peeled grapes, but since that isn’t happening anytime soon, I made this salad instead. Not a bad consolation prize.
This Sephardic-inspired salad is the perfect picnic food. It is gluten-free (without the pita chips), pareve, and vegan, so pretty much anyone can eat it, unless you are allergic to awesome. And it tastes delicious at room temperature, or even after sitting in the scorching sun for a bit. The charred eggplant with the fresh mint and sweet tomatoes is delicious with the blend of Middle Eastern spices. I served mine with pita chips, but it is tasty all on its own too.
Amy Kritzer is a food writer and recipe developer in Austin, TX who enjoys cooking, theme parties and cowboys. She challenges herself to put a spin on her Bubbe’s traditional Jewish recipes and blogs about her endeavors at What Jew Wanna Eat. You can follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook and watch her cooking videos on Google+.