In the dog days of summer, its hard to beat a salad. Crisp and refreshing (and mercifully free of any cooking implements), summer salads tick all the boxes. But as we close in on labour day weekend and pass into late summer, we’re eager for an alternative to another plate of fresh spring greens.
This grilled eggplant salad is a recipe that hits all the right notes. Simple and nutritious, it makes the most of barbecue season. The grilling keeps the heat out of the kitchen, and adds a beautiful smokey flavour that goes just right with the peppery arugula. Marinating the tomatoes really lets their flavour shine, which is at its best this time of year.
Striking the right balance between hearty and fresh, this is the salad that we’re turning to for the last al fresco meals of the year, as we try to take advantage of all the fantastic summer produce and flavours.
Paired with a southern French Rose or a Spanish rosado, it’s the perfect way to bid adieu to summer.
This salad is fantastic on its own, but can be upped to meal status by adding a piece of grilled protein and a side of wild rice. It’s easy to customize too— grill some red bell peppers or bread cubes along with that eggplant, or put some feta or burrata on top; you’re only limited by your imagination. This versatile simple salad recipe is sure to be one that you will turn to again and again!
Whats your go-to summer salad recipe? Let us know in the comments below!
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