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Grilled Eggplant, Pear and Spinach Salad

Grilled Eggplant, Pear and Spinach Salad - slices of eggplant softened by the heat of a grill on top of a beautiful bed of fresh baby spinach. A simple vinaigrette sprinkled over the top. Then, the softened pears are scattered over the eggplant and topped with a handful of toasted pine nuts and asiago cheese. To finish, a drizzle of honey over the top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1/4- thick
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 inch pears, peeled, cored and sliced lengthwise 1/4 thick
  • juice of 1 small orange
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • thin shavings of asiago cheese

Instructions

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet on medium high heat. Add the pine nuts. Stir for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Remove pine nuts from skillet and set aside.
  • Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Grill the eggplant over medium high heat until lightly browned and tender, about 3 minutes per side.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the pear slices and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the orange juice and orange zest and stir to coat completely.Cook for a minute more. Remove from the heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the parsley and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Place the spinach on a platter and arrange the eggplant slices on top of the spinach. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the eggplant and spinach.
  • Arrange the pear slices over the eggplant and drizzle with the honey.
  • Scatter the pine nuts, cheese and remaining parsley over the top.
  • Serve.