This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites—hummus and baba ganouj—in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve with tabbouleh or a green salad tossed with lemon vinaigrette.
Active Time: 25 minutes |
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small eggplant, (about 12 ounces), cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons tahini, (see Note)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
1 15- or 19-ounce can chickpeas or cannellini beans, rinsed (see Tip)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup halved pitted briny black olives, such as Kalamata (optional)
4 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed and cut in half or into wedges
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant, garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is soft and beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk tahini, lemon juice, water and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Stir in chickpeas (or beans), parsley and the eggplant.
Arrange the chickpea-eggplant salad, tomatoes, onion, feta, olives (if using) and pitas on a platter. Serve at room temperature or chilled and sprinkled with more parsley, if desired.
Per serving :
11 g Fat;
3 g Sat;
5 g Mono;
8 mg Cholesterol;
46 g Carbohydrates;
11 g Protein;
10 g Fiber;
648 mg Sodium;
622 mg Potassium
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the chickpea salad (Steps 1-2) for up to 4 hours.
Note: Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.
Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.