Italian Eggplant Vinaigrette

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Ingredients

2 large eggplants
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 small zucchini
2 yellow squash
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Garnishes: halved grape tomatoes, fresh basil sprigs

Preparation

Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/2-inch slices; sprinkle cut sides with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Place slices in a single layer on paper towels; let stand 1 hour.

Cut zucchini and squash lengthwise into 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices; set aside.

Process 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic, chopped basil, chopped mint, and balsamic vinegar in a food processor, stopping to scrape down sides.

Rinse eggplant slices with water, and pat dry. Brush slices with olive oil mixture, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Arrange eggplant in a single layer on a lightly greased grill.

Grill eggplant slices, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned, turning and brushing with olive oil mixture. Remove eggplant from grill.

Sprinkle zucchini and squash slices with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, brush with olive oil mixture. Arrange slices in a single layer on a lightly greased grill.

Grill zucchini and squash slices, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat 5 minutes; turn and grill 2 more minutes.

Arrange grilled eggplant, zucchini, and squash in a even layer in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour remaining olive oil mixture over vegetables. Cover and chill 8 hours. Garnish, if desired.

Note:

May 2003