Grilled Smoky Eggplant SaladEggplant takes center stage in this elegant Spanish-inspired salad, perfect for spring and summer grilling!

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad 

Ingredients
 
2 small eggplant – (about 1 pound total)
3/4 teaspoon salt, Kosher – divided
1 dash cooking spray, olive oil-flavored
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar, sherry
1 small tomato(es), plum – diced
1 clove(s) garlic – small, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, smoked
3 cups lettuce, mixed greens – baby
2 ounces cheese, Manchego – cut in thin curls with a vegetable peeler
 
Preparation
 
1. Preheat grill to medium.
 
2. Cut stripes in each eggplant’s peel by running a vegetable peeler down the length of it and repeating at about 1-inch intervals. Slice the eggplants into rounds 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Lay them on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
 
3. Blot the eggplant slices with paper towels and lightly coat both sides with olive oil spray. Grill the eggplant, flipping halfway through, until soft and caramelized on both sides, 9 to 11 minutes total.
 
4. Puree oil, vinegar, tomato, garlic, paprika and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender until well combined.
 
5. Toss salad greens with half the vinaigrette in a medium bowl. Arrange the eggplant slices on 6 salad plates. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Place the salad greens over and between the eggplant slices, then scatter the cheese curls on top of each salad. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Recipe and image courtesy of RecipeRehab.com.*