Trio of Grilled Aubergine, Feta and Mint

by Jacqueline on May 21, 2013

Trio of Grilled Aubergine, Feta and Mint

Well wouldn’t you know it, we are slap bang in the middle of  National Vegetarian Week  and what better way to celebrate by indulging in a favorite vegetable of mine; the aubergine. No, let’s correct that. The grilled aubergine. Fried aubergine just doesn’t taste the same! Stick it under the grill until the skin gets crinkly and the flesh collapses inside and renders the most marvellous smokey notes. Top with garlic infused olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice and little squares of cold, salty feta and fresh mint and you have a really mouthwatering combination. This dish really does signal the start of Summer for me and while it won’t challenge your inner Delia, your taste buds will approve. The recipe is inspired by Simon Hopkinson’s  The Good Cook programme which aired a couple of years back.  I’ve adapted it by reducing the amount of olive oil, I’ve used mint instead of parsley (because everyone knows that mint and feta make a superb combination). I’ve served it with rocket leaves, tomatoes, olives, red onion and a vinaigrette dressing to enhance the Greek accent to the dish. You can visit the recipe and learn how to prepare the aubergine here. Serve with a couple of slices of crusty bread and you have a flavoursome lunch.

Smokey Aubergine Salad

Close up on Aubergine, Feta and Mint Salad

While, I don’t adhere to a vegetarian diet myself, I am becoming more aware of the amount of meat I consume and am increasingly finding ways of serving and cooking an array of different vegetables.

Here are some of my other popular vegetarian salads.

This Thai Coriander Salad is deliciously light with a lemongrass and rice wine vinegar dressing. Ideal when you want to cool down during a heatwave. The recipe can be found here.

A light starter to remember

Thai Cucumber Salad

Another recipe which has proved popular on the blog is this Warm Halloumi, Lentil and Tomato Salad. A satiating and nutritious dish and a good way of serving halloumi.

Warm Halloumi, Lentil & Tomato Salad

This wonderful Aromatic Moroccan Salad packs a punch using chilli, tumeric, lime, garlic and cumin in the dressing and a selection of roasted vegetables.

Aromatic Moroccan Salad

Another way of using grilled aubergine is this wonderful Asian Dressed Aubergine dish. This time the skin is used in the dish to add to the fragrant notes of coriander, lime, mint and basil. Tastetastic!

Asian Dressed Aubergine

And lastly, how about some refreshing fruits to start your morning off? This fruit salad uses rambutans, pineapple, mango, kiwi and strawberries all drizzled with a dressing of sparkling water and a dash of lime. Hydration is the key!

Refreshing Fruit Salad

How will you be celebrating National Vegetarian Week?

I’m entering this into the Herbs on a Saturday challenge owned by Karen and guest-hosted this month by Anneli over at Delicieux

Herbs on Saturday

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1 Foodsnearme May 21, 2013 at 6:16 am

Nice post and fantastic images. If you want to prepare those recipe’s then click on the name :)

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2 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thank you :-)

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3 laura@howtocookgoodfood May 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

I love dishes like this that make the most of the ingredients that work so well together. I too like to watch the amount of meat I eat and never find this a problem because dishes such as this means the vegetable options are equally as good as anything with meat in it. All of your salads above look so good, I can see myself eating them throughout this summer :)

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4 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

Thanks Laura. Nothing beats a nutritious salad topped with delicious dressing during the hotter periods.

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5 Camilla @FabFood4All May 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

I love the sound of this dish with the garlic infused oil and spritz of lemon, the meaty aubergine and the crumbly feta – sounds like another corker to me. To any one who hasn’t made Jacqueline’s Warm Halloumi, Tomato & Lentil Salad you simply have to as it’s become a regular in our household!

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6 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

That’s really kind of you Camilla! I think you’ll like the feta and mint with grilled aubergine too – it is just bursting with flavour!

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7 Maggie May 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love plates of sunshine food. They all look so vibrant and appetising. I had to investigate the rambutans further they look so exotic. We have vegetarian a few times a week to ensure we have plates of lighter food. Beautiful images.

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8 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yes – sometimes they are called hairy fruit. My husband thinks they look quite rude :-)

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9 Caroline Taylor May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

Jacqueline you’ve made me so hungry. I love the look of that lentil salad, would be a great lunch. I am having grilled aubergine for the first time this week!

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10 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Yay! You are going to love it Caroline :-)

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11 rita cooks italian May 21, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Dear Jacqueline, what a collection of beautiful salads. I love my vegetables too. I must confess that I did not know that mint was the best herb to combine with feta cheese..(am I the only one??). I very often use parsley with feta. Anyway thank you for all your inspiring vegetarian salad!

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12 Jacqueline May 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Rita :-) I guess everything is subjective to personal taste – isn’t it? I’m sure parsley with lemon juice works well too but the taste is probably more subtle. Can I recommend you try a salad with broad beans, mint and feta – with an olive oil and white wine vinegar dressing? It’s really tasty – once you’ve tried it, it’s hard not to make it again :-D

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13 Mich Piece of Cake May 22, 2013 at 4:45 am

I’m not a vegetarian either but I am slowly moving to have less meat and more of a large variety of vegetables. All those vegetable recipes you shared looks so mouth watering!

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14 Jacqueline May 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Mich!

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15 Katerina May 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

Very refreshing, very summery! I love eggplant!

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16 Jacqueline May 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Trying to get into the mood Katerina!

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17 lisaiscooking May 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Grilled aubergine with feta is a fabulous combination. It looks great with the arugula and olives. I wish this could be my lunch today!

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18 Jacqueline May 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks Lisa! We had it again last night for a late supper. You can never have too much of a good thing.

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19 Rebecca- thiswomansstyle May 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Yikes I didn’t know it was national vegetarian week? I’ve safely failed that then, I just found your blog today, your photography is beautiful and your recipes look delicious x

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20 Jacqueline May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Rebecca for your very kind comment. Welcome to my blog :-)

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21 Sarah May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm

All of the salads sound fantastic – but I think I’ll start with the aubergine, feta and mint… then work my way through all of the others.

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22 Jacqueline May 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Good idea Sarah :-)

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23 Monet May 24, 2013 at 4:28 am

Ah! Happy Vegetarian week! I didn’t even know! Ryan and I were vegetarians for a few years, and we learned to eat so many different veggies. So good for us! We eat meat now, but we do try to eat primarily fruits and vegetables. These all look so good…but I love the aubergine, feta, and mint combo. Such nice summer flavors! Thank you for sharing!

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24 Jacqueline May 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

Thanks Monet! Well done on persevering with the veggie diet for a few years. Not sure I could have coped without fish or meat :-)

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25 kellie@foodtoglow May 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

We have amazingly similar taste in, well, taste! I even have a dish very similar to your Asian-dressed Aubergine, but have baked tofu and long/fine beans in it. Everything in today’s salad is at the top of my taste list, including the mint. Yum! PS I was a vegetarian for nearly 10 years, with a spell of veganism in there too. I feel much better energy-wise with the occasional animal protein, usually fish, but some people find they have more energy when the cut meat and animal-based foods out completely. I guess you just need to listen to your body and approach any way of eating with common sense in mind.

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26 Jacqueline May 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

Thanks Kellie – tofu is something I have yet to really like – I think it is the texture that just doesn’t appeal to me. I think I would struggle to be completely veggie – I would miss fish especially. You are a great role model for your vocation – a picture of health!

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27 Petra May 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

It looks so lovely and it made me realize what time it is, I have missed lunch! It won’t be anything as nice looking as your dishes but they are hugely inspiring!

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28 Jacqueline May 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

Thanks Petra – you always make the kindest of comments!

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29 Anneli (Delicieux) May 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm

What a great celebrations of aubergine! (God I wish my husband was a fan but he’s not so I usually have to disguise it). But your salad looks so fresh and delicious….perhaps it might convert him! Thanks for entering this into Herbs On Saturday. And lovely to discover your blog. x

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30 Jacqueline May 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

Thanks Anneli! Your husband doesn’t like grilled aubergine? That’s a pity. If you try it, I’d love to know what you think x

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31 Nic May 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

All so beautifully presented! Particularly loving the aubergine dishes, very colourful and full of fabulous flavours.

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32 Jacqueline May 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

Glad we both love our aubergines Nic!

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33 Rachel Cotterill June 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

That looks fabulously summery. I am veggie, and I LOVE aubergines, too. Now I want to rush out and buy one (or two!) :)

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34 Jacqueline June 2, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thanks Rachel!

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35 Lizzy (Good Things) June 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

Hi there… just dropped in from downunder and delighted to see delicious vegetable and fruit dishes. Love your blog already!

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36 Jacqueline June 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

Hi Lizzy, thanks for dropping by and for the lovely comment. Closer to my time zone too :-)

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37 Franglais kitchen June 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Wonderful ideas for salads that I am now turning too with summer weather finally here!
I love the warm salads, particularly the halloumi and lentil one. I love the aubergine feta mint combo of the main recipe here too. Great idea having a collection of recipes here .

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38 Jacqueline June 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

Thanks Nazima!

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