Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese {Vegetarian + Easy Vegan Option}

An amazing vegetarian salad, as delicious warm or cold. Can easily be made vegan too! Recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com #glutenfree #cleaneating

So most of the time, the recipes I publish here are created by me and my team. This one however is straight up from The Kitchn and I didn’t change a single thing because it’s just perfect as it is and you don’t mess with perfection.

Seriously, if you like eggplants, you’re gonna want to face plant this salad and go back for seconds. The original says it serves four, but who are they kidding, it’s more like 2 people. I know I didn’t eat just a fourth haha.

An amazing vegetarian salad, as delicious warm or cold. Can easily be made vegan too! Recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com #glutenfree #cleaneating

I had honestly never heard of smoked almonds before because they’re not available where I’ve lived but after a quick google search, I knew that I had to find a way to make them happen. I love anything smoked! Turns out, it’s pretty easy and straightforward to make them at home (I used this recipe!). The oven does all the hard work and you do practically nothing. If you don’t have smoked almonds or don’t want to make them, anything crunchy would work here (regular almonds, pecans, pepitas…).

Anyways, enough with the technicalities, go make this salad already! Enjoy 🙂

An amazing vegetarian salad, as delicious warm or cold. Can easily be made vegan too! Recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com #glutenfree #cleaneating

And while you’re here, I’ve got a little something for you! To help you lay the foundations of your healthy eating (and soon feel amazing!) I put together a clean eating shopping list that you can take with you next time you’re making a trip to the store. Save it to your phone or email it to yourself so you always have it handy!

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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 as a side, 2 as a main

Serving Size: 1/4th

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese

Cal: 389 - Protein: 9.6g - Fat: 30g - Carbs: 25.5g - Fiber: 9.5g - Sugar: 14g

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants
  • Coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 cup flat parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped (I used this recipe to make homemade smoked almonds)
  • 2 ounces - 60 grams goat cheese, crumbled and divided (omit to make vegan)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F / 200C. Cut the eggplant into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and set aside while making the marinade.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Spread the eggplant on a large baking sheet, lined with parchment and slide onto a rack placed in the center of the oven. Roast at 400°F for 40 minutes, or until very tender and slightly browned. (Stir every 15 minutes and check after 30 minutes to make sure it isn't burning.) Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice and soy sauce. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture. Stir in the parsley leaves, smoked almonds, and most of the goat cheese, reserving a little (omit if vegan)
  4. Spread the finished salad in a serving bowl and sprinkle the reserved goat cheese crumbles and scallions on top.

Notes

Recipe from The Kitchn

https://notenoughcinnamon.com/2017/09/14/roasted-eggplant-salad-smoked-almonds-goat-cheese-vegetarian-easy-vegan-option/

And while you’re here, I’ve got a little something for you! To help you lay the foundations of your healthy eating (and soon feel amazing!) I put together a clean eating shopping list that you can take with you next time you’re making a trip to the store. Save it to your phone or email it to yourself so you always have it handy!

Download your clean eating shopping list here:


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