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Eggplant and Lettuce Salad

Eggplant and lettuce salad
Cooking Method
Cuisine
Courses ,
Difficulty Beginner
Time
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 12 min Total Time: 22 mins
Servings 2
Description

Air-fried Eggplant mixed with Lettuce, tomatoes, and onions and dressed with a yogurt-based zesty creamy dressing, this salad is definitely a keeper. Very easy and quick to make.

Ingredients
    Salad ingredients
  • 2 small Chinese eggplants
  • 1/4 of a red onion, cut into half and sliced
  • 1 green chili* thinly sliced (add more if you like the salad hot)
  • 1 tomato, cut in half length-wise and sliced
  • 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves chopped into bite size pieces (roughly about 2 cups)
  • For the dressing
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (unsweetened, unflavored)
  • 1 garlic clove grated (in a microplane)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to your taste)
  • Other
  • oil spray*
Instructions
    Frying eggplants
  1. Cut eggplants into wedges about 11/2 inches long and 1/3 inch thick.

  2. Add them to the air fryer (you can deep/shallow fry too). Spray with cooking oil. Flip and spray again. Toss them to ensure every piece of eggplant is coated with oil.*

  3. air-fried eggplants

    Air-fry on 375F for 6 minutes. Flip eggplant pieces and air-fry for another 6 minutes or until eggplants turn brown on the outside and soft on the inside. Total of 10 - 12 minutes. (time may vary depending on the air-fryer. adjust the time accordingly). 

  4. Making the dressing and the salad
  5. Add yogurt to a large bowl and whisk until the texture become smooth. Add black pepper, garlic, salt, and lime juice and mix. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your taste. 

  6. eggplant and lettuce salad

    Add fried eggplants, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and green chilies, and mix everything carefully. Serve immedietely. (If you're planning to serve it later, mix the salad ingredients with the dressing just before you're serving.)

Notes
  • you can use any chili variety of your choice. I love it hot so I use a Thai green chili. You can use cayenne or serrano for medium heat. Skip chilies if you don't like your salad hot.
  • If you don't have oil spray, Mix your cut eggplants with about 2 tsp of cooking oil. Make sure every piece is coated nicely.
  • Do not overcrowd the air-fryer basket. Do it in batches if you have a smaller air-fryer or have more eggplants to fry.
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