We have to wait until the very end of the season for red and yellow peppers from our garden. But what a treat!! We especially love them raw, sliced for a sweet healthy snack.
grilled Mediterranean Veggie Salad photo by vsimon
But we also like them grilled. This Mediterranean Salad is just the dish to use the bounty in our garden. We use tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant here. You can buy all of these from the store of course.
Add some chickpeas and walnuts to make this a hearty vegan dish. Perfect for Meatless Mondays.
Stew transformed into salad!
I adapted a Mediterranean stew so we could enjoy a brilliant sunny day and grill on the deck. No need to be cooped up inside.
So rather than a warm and saucy stew, we had a warm and tangy grilled salad. I switched out cherry tomatoes for canned. Added sherry vinegar for a punch of flavor. And walnuts for crunch.
Sherry vinegar deserves wider use and is perfect here. But you can use other vinegars, like apple cider or balsamic.
Do not use malt vinegar or black rice vinegar. There are not gluten free.
Grilled Mediterranean Salad
serves 4 as a main dish, 8 as a side
6 skinny eggplants, large dice
3 bell peppers, chopped (1 each green, yellow and red)
1 onion, chopped
1 pound cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon oil
1 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained
2/3 cup kalamata olives, halved
1/3 cup sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Chives for garnish, optional
Heat grill to high.
Line a rimmed sheet pan with nonstick foil.
Put diced veggies (eggplant, peppers, onion) and cherry tomatoes on prepared pan. Toss with oil.
Grill over medium heat for about 20 minutes. You want to mostly leave the veggies alone, to caramelize. Stir only occasionally.
Watch the grill though. Some grills are very hot, and the veggies will burn quickly. If your grill is like this, stir frequently and cook for less time. You do not want veggie charcoal.
When veggies are tender and browned in places, put into a large bowl. Toss with chickpeas, kalamata olives, sherry vinegar, and rosemary.
Put salad on a serving platter and top with walnuts and chives. Or fresh rosemary sprigs if you have them. Enjoy!
veggies ready to grill photo by vsimon