Eggplant Salad/ Sandwich

The other day I went to lunch with my friends, what I ordered was so fabulous I just had to recreate it here and share it with all of you! On the menu it was called an eggplant salad, but the way it was presented was more like a sandwich, a sandwich stacked high with the most perfect combination of flavors!
Breaded Eggplant
Beef Steak Tomatoes
Buffalo Mozzarella
Arugula
EVOO
Balsamic Reduction
Breaded eggplant means it was fried, so that might scare off few people as it did me a little, but honestly you need that crunch in between the layers, plus it’s only three pieces of eggplant anyway, but even so when you make it at home you can control the amount of oil you use as
I did in my re-creation.

I sliced my eggplant lengthwise, dipped each piece in beaten egg then coated each slice with dry breadcrumbs. I used a non stick pan sprayed with olive oil from my oil mister which I use all the time and love! I sprayed both sides of the eggplant as well and after they browned a bit on each side I placed them on a sheet pan and finished them off in a hot 450F oven until crispy, then blotted on paper towel.

Then it’s all about the layering, start with a slice of eggplant, then layer with the mozzarella, next the tomato, then pile high the arugula which should be tossed in a light vinaigrette beforehand. Repeat layers ending with eggplant on top. Secure with a pick.
I purchased a balsamic glaze but you can reduce your own if you want to, just don’t eliminate it because each bite is enhanced as its swiped through it.

This was huge and could be cut in half to share, I think next time I’ll cut my eggplant into rounds which it will make it easier to handle.

Have a great weekend and Buon Appetito!

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  1. Fantastico!

  2. Easy to see why this would be a huge hit…I have some eggplant love going on.

  3. Yum, I never thought of doing the eggplant as the bread. Good idea!

  4. So this is basically exactly what I need in my life. It’s such a genius idea!

  5. GORGEOUS photos!
    I love fried eggplant stacks, they are my FAVORITE (besides FIGS!).
    xxoo

  6. This is a winner for sure, Marie. I love eggplant and this beautiful presentation. What a lovely summer meal.

  7. I love eggplant! That a fun way to eat it. Makes for a great summer meal.

  8. Oh no I can’t look!! This is like window shopping with no money…I have no egg plant in the house. Huge crisis!!!
    Gobsmackingly good!!

  9. What a fantastic sarnie!

  10. I really like your solution to the fried eggplant dilemma. I will certainly try it.

  11. OMG! Marie, you’ve done it now! This looks scary good. If I had seen this on the menu, that’s exactly what I would have ordered too. I want to say thank you, but I’m not sure….

  12. That is a truly amazing sandwich!! what a stroke of genius. I will have to try it with my girls I know they will love it!

  13. Frying don’t scare me!!!

    I’ve got eggplant in the garden, and one will definitely go to making this.

  14. I just wanted to let you know, Marie, that I ordered an oil mister. Thanks for that tip! I’ve been very frustrated with my Misto…it clogs so easily. Thanks!

  15. I love, love, love eggplant! I will be trying this with the first local eggplant that I get my hands on. Thank you so much for sharing this idea!

  16. I love this. I never tire of finding different ways to prepare eggplant. Beautiful execution!

  17. Love this so much, I will have to share. Maybe will cut it into disks and make small sandwiches – enough for a crowd! Why hide the wealth?

  18. This looks incredible, yet quite simple. I always love that! Thanks for this. Hope Summer is treating you well!

  19. Marie

    We eat eggplants almost every day here from our garden and we have never tried this version; I am sure everyone would love it though, it looks so delicious!

  20. Nice idea for a sandwich. Love the photo.

  21. Beautiful eggplant sandwich! Made some eggplant Parmesan, baked the breaded eggplant instead of frying first. Worked well for a casserole style dish, not soggy at all.

  22. Mmmm…i can’t wait to try this one, i am always looking for more eggplant dishes.

  23. That’s a real winner Marie!
    LL

  24. I make this all the time when our garden tomatoes are ripe!

    I use fresh basil, sliced ripe garden tomatoes tomato and fresh mozarella and fried eggplant on either end of the stack. I found by flouring the eggplant first, before dipping quickly in the beaten eggs and bread crumbs, they absorb less oil. The oil should be very hot to cook them quickly on each side.

    What a wonderful taste of summer!

  25. Whoa! I wish I had this sandwich for lunch right now. Did you use your garden eggplant to make it? Che bella!

  26. This eggplant sandwich is delightful. I can totally appreciate it. Love it!

  27. Wowzaaa…what a great idea. Love eggplant any which way!!!

    Yum!!!

  28. Am I allowed to comment again on the same post?
    I love the balsamic drizzle.
    You fry eggplants up so much better than I do!
    I could eat this everyday.
    xxoo

  29. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. That looks unbelievable. It’s amazing what you can do with simple ingredients.

  30. I’m on a public internet and everybody around me is going crazy looking at this eggplant. I’m ready to go back home and start making this soon.

  31. Have been so busy lately I haven’t been around much and so glad I didn’t miss this one as it looks fabulous. Will be recreating this as I can never seem to get enough eggplant.
    I have always wondered how the olive oil sprayers worked out. I keep thinking they will gunk up after awhile and not work. Good to know you like it. I wonder if there is a particular brand that is the best.

  32. Yumm Yum!!! I love breaded eggplant!

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