Roasted eggplant is hero of this Mediterranean Summer Salad recipe

Mediterranean Summer Salad with Ancient Grains and Roasted Eggplant.

Summer is the perfect time to add another delicious vegetable to your salad. In today’s recipe for Mediterranean Summer Salad, we’re roasting eggplant with onions and mixing in tomatoes, pine nuts, quinoa and bulgur to create a summer salad that everyone will enjoy.

First cultivated in Asia and Africa, eggplant is popular there and in many Mediterranean countries. The plant was first brought to the Americas by the Spaniards and later Thomas Jefferson brought eggplant seeds to the U.S. from France.

Eggplant was named after the white version of the vegetable. But it’s the purple version that we often see in stores.

When buying an eggplant, look for one with shiny, smooth skin. It should feel heavy for its size. Keep it stored in the refrigerator and use it soon after cutting into it.

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