Eggplant Salad/ Sandwich

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eggplant salad
One of my favorite salads of all time is this layered eggplant salad. The original combination comes from a popular restaurant here in Chicago called Rosebud. The first time I tasted this I was hooked!
On the menu it’s described as an eggplant salad, but it could also pass as an eggplant sandwich.
eggplant salad ingredients
It’s typically served three layers deep with crispy breaded eggplant, sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and arugula tossed with olive oil and a touch of balsamic glaze.
Breaded eggplant and frying it might scare off a few people, but honestly you need that crunch in between the layers, plus it’s only three pieces of eggplant anyway.  I pan fry mine and control the amount of oil I use, but today there’s air fryers and you can even manage to get a crisp oven bake, I’m sure that would work as well.
The main thing you want to accomplish is to end up with a crispy, crunchy eggplant slice.
rosebud salad
You can go two or three layers high, whatever you prefer, and don’t be afraid to stuff those layers high!

I sliced my eggplant lengthwise, dipped each piece in beaten egg then coated each slice with dry breadcrumbs, you can also use panko crumbs and if you want to go low carb you can bread the eggplant with nut crumbs, I’ve done it and it’s delicious!

I used a non stick pan drizzled with olive oil to cook the eggplant in and when you get both sides crispy, place on a wire rack so not to get soggy.

Then it’s all about the layering, start with a slice of eggplant, then layer with fresh mozzarella, next the tomato, then pile high the arugula which should be tossed in a combo of olive oil and a couple of drops of balsamic glaze beforehand.

Repeat layers ending with eggplant on top. Secure with a pick if you like for more stability.

You’re going to love this!





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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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


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

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

  9. 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!

  10. That’s a real winner Marie!

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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?

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. Frying don’t scare me!!!

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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….

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

  24. What a fantastic sarnie!

  25. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  32. Fantastico!

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