The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Grilled vegetables enhance flavor of ratatouille salad

  • Grilled ratatouille salad is just a big vegetable stew.

    Matthew Mead / Associated Press

    Grilled ratatouille salad is just a big vegetable stew.

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Pinterest icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY
By Alison Ladman
Associated Press
  • Grilled ratatouille salad is just a big vegetable stew.

    Matthew Mead / Associated Press

    Grilled ratatouille salad is just a big vegetable stew.

Real ratatouille, the classic Nicoise dish, is neither grilled, nor a salad. It is a stewed vegetable dish consisting of eggplant, tomato, pepper, zucchini, onion and herbs.
Thing is, all of those ingredients would make a delicious salad, particularly if they were grilled.
Of course the dish needed to be deconstructed and reconstructed a bit, but the flavors and ingredients remain the same. In fact, the smokiness and char that the grill adds makes for a nice contrast to the sweet vegetables.
Grilled ratatouille salad
2 small eggplants, halved lengthwise
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided
Salt and ground black pepper
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Heat the grill to medium-high.
Using a paring knife, slice shallow slits into the cut sides of the eggplant halves. Drizzle the eggplants with olive oil, then rub half of the garlic and a sprinkle of salt and black pepper into the flesh. Brush the onion slices and the zucchini halves with a little more olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Fold a large sheet of heavy duty foil into thirds the long way. Open the foil. Place the tomatoes in the middle third of the foil, then drizzle them with the balsamic glaze and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with the herbes de Provence, the remaining garlic, and the red pepper flakes. Stir gently to combine. Fold the foil closed, crimping the ends to make a packet.
Grill the eggplant, onion slices, zucchini halves, tomato packet, and red bell pepper (left whole) for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are charred and tender, and the tomatoes are juicy.
Place the red pepper in a brown paper bag and crimp the top closed. Set aside.
Dice the eggplant, onion and zucchini and place in a large bowl. When the pepper cools slightly, rub the charred skin away, using the paper bag to assist. Cut the pepper into strips, discarding the core, and add to the other vegetables. Pour the tomatoes and their juices over the vegetables and sprinkle with the goat cheese.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 8 servings. Per serving: 160 calories; 90 calories from fat (56 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 6 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 5 g protein; 300 mg sodium.
Story tags » FoodCooking

More Life Headlines


Weekend to-do list

Our to-do list full of ideas for your weekend