Eggplant-Tomato Salad (Salad Zalouk) Alba’s Way

Salad Zalouk - Eggplant Tomato Salad

1 pound small eggplants, cut in small cubes 
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large shallot, minced
2-3 large tomatoes, diced
Pinch red pepper flakes
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon Raz el hanout, optional
Zest 1 large lemon
30-35 pitted green olives
25-30 capers in brine, drained
Juice of 1 lemon
Fresh basil
Boil the egg plant in hot salted water, about 30 minutes on medium-low heat. Strain and cool.

In a large skillet, add the oil, garlic, and shallot. Cook on low heat until golden. When ready, raise the heat to high and add the chopped tomatoes.  Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the spices, salt, lemon zest, olives, and capers. Cook about a minute.  Add the eggplant; cook on low heat about 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. When ready to serve, add the lemon juice and fresh basil, and fold.  

Easy and extremely flavorful….. Salad Zalouk, is a spicy eggplant dish, usually served as an appetizer or side dish with fish or meat. My version is a fusion of Moroccan and Sicilian.  I use the same spices; however I add the olives and capers so it mirrors the caponata.  I also don’t mash the eggplant as in the traditional recipe; I like mine chunky, with some texture. 

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