Monday, February 01, 2010

More Ottolenghi love: Roast Aubergine with Saffron Dressing

We have made this wonderful salad for a few dinners and BBQs. Crunchy toasted pine nuts, fragrant basil and beautiful pomegranate pops - a really easy and fresh salad.

We found our pomegranates at the market - pick one that feels heavy for its size (and be prepared for a bit of grunt work removing the seeds).

Roast Aubergine with Saffron Yoghurt
from the Ottolenghi Cookbook
Serves 4

3 medium aubergines, cut into 2cm slices or wedges
olive oil to brush
2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
handful of pomegranate seeds
20 basil leaves

Yoghurt dressing
small pinch of saffron threads
3 tbsp hot water
180g greek yoghurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil

1. Dressing: infuse saffron in hot water for 5 minutes.
Pour infusion into bowl containing yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.
Whisk well to get a smooth, golden sauce. Taste and adjust salt, then chill.
Sauce keeps in the fridge for 3 days.

2. Preheat oven to 220degC.
Place aubergine slices on roasting tray; brush with olive oil on both sides; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-35 minutes until light brown colour. Cool.
Keeps for 3 days in the fridge.

3. Serve (at room temperature): arrange aubergine on plate, drizzle with saffron dressing, sprinkle with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and basil leaves.


  1. This looks like an interesting salad to spice up a BBQ. Something different, rather than a plain greek or green salad.

  2. I just wrote a post on this salad too! So delicoius!

  3. Eep- I want a copy of this wonderful ottolenghi book! The salad looks great and roasted pinenuts and pomegranate seeds with the saffron yoghurt would make a fantastic dressing! Mmmm... so hungry!

  4. hi gastronomy gal> you're so right, it's a great salad for BBQs. and even better - everything can be prepared in advance - the roasted aubergine/eggplants keeps in the fridge for a few days, and the saffron yoghurt improves with time too. gotta love that!

    hello reemski!> how awesome is the ottolenghi book? i also love that there's loads of vegie recipes too.

    hey m's> we'll have to invite you guys over for dinner one day to try out some more dishes =)

  5. What a lovely veg recipe.. I adore pomegranate!

  6. Looks great jfox! The Ottolenghi cookbook sounds like it's got a wealth of great recipes!

  7. hello ladybird> thank you for visiting, and yes, pomegranate seeds have the most gorgeous colour and taste =)

    thanks jonno> yeah, sorry. we're a bit obsessed with this book... one of my mates at work ordered it online from book depository if you feel inspired to join in >,<


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