BabaGanoush Tomato Salad

by Kiran on October 26, 2012 · 36 comments

in Appetizer, Salads, Vegetarian

Happy Friday!!

Another week almost coming to an end. That simply means produce sitting in the refrigerator, awaiting to be used before I run off to LA for a few weeks.

You heard that right. I’d be in LA this time next week. And don’t fret or think that I’m some sort of a cool jet-setter  It’s just a personal trip to join the hubby for his work.

Nothing fancy, no event whatsoever. But I’m excited to explore many places that I didn’t get to a few months ago.

I love “deconstructing” my food. Mushy dips is just not my thing. Especially when it comes to eggplant. Don’t get me wrong, I love eggplant. But if it’s made mushy, I’d usually pass.

Anything crunchy or has some texture is definitely a winner in my book.

Mushiness doesn’t end at eggplant. I just cannot fathom the idea of how some people love their morning cereal soggy and mushy. Apart from oatmeal, I just cannot think of eating soggy cereal.

I think it has to do with the texture. Why to mess a perfectly crunchy texture for something mushy and mealy? It’s beyond me.

Take this eggplant for example.

The idea of broiling the heck out of it, scooping out charred eggplant flesh and pureeing it with other ingredients simply translates to mushy texture.

I’m sure the original baba ghanoush tastes amazing. The only qualm I have is the “texture”.

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  • 1 large eggplant, sliced length-wise
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup grape heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • pinch of salt & pepper to taste
Garnish: Sesame seeds (optional)

Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 – 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tbsp olive oil, cumin powder, smoked paprika powder, chili powder, minced garlic, pinch of salt & pepper on a baking sheet. Stir everything to combine.
  2. Add eggplant slices and thoroughly coat marinate.
  3. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a large non-stick grill skillet on medium high. You can use a proper grill too.
  5. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, wait to heat, and then add slices of marinated eggplant. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  6. Depending on the thickness of each slice, cook for at least a minute on each side.
  7. Prepare tahini dressing in a small bowl, by combining all of the above-mentioned ingredients. Set aside.
  8. Remove grilled eggplant onto a plate to cool slightly. Chop into bite size pieces.
  9. In a non-reactive bowl, add halved tomatoes, chopped parsley and grilled eggplant. Lightly toss everything with tahini dressing or serve the dressing on the side.
  10. Garnish with some sesame seeds. Bon apetito!


If you live in the LA vicinity and want to meat up for coffee or grub, send me an email 🙂

Are you a textural person when it comes to foods? Or fuss-free in comparison? If you are fuss-free, I’m just plain jealous 😉


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1 Dinu October 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I do this here always, but here again,

LOVE your photos!! 😀 😀
btw, which lens do you use? I got a 550D recently..with kit lens.. thinking about a good lens for portraits and close up photography…

2 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

OMG! I am so totally with you on texture.. everything you said from babaganoush from oatmeal.. I am right there, standing next to you with only one exception baingan bharta. Gonna try this salad for sure. 🙂
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3 Rosa October 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Scrumptious! What a great idea. I love baba ganoush, so this beautiful salad just makes me drool…



4 Kathryn October 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Such a great idea, love the flavours of baba ganoush so much! And I’m so jealous of your trip to LA; I wish I was back there now!
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5 Vijitha October 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I am not a huge fan of eggplant but my husband loves babaganoush and I got an easy recipe from my Iranian friend. Your salad looks so good. As always gorgeous clicks!
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6 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That is one beauty of a salad! And such a great use of eggplant. 🙂
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7 Katerina October 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

You tweaked the original recipe in a very creative way Kiran. I love eggplants in any way they are prepared and I am sure I would love this one as well! Have a great journey and bring many photos with you!
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8 Choc Chip Uru October 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Have an amazing time (and yes I can’t help consider you as a jetsetter ;))
Loving looking salad a beautiful use of baba ganoush!

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9 dassana October 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

a great idea for a salad. have fun time in LA.
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10 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Great idea! I love Babaganoush as a dip but am also into deconstructing dishes. I can deal with mushy food as long as it is served with something that complements its texture (crunchy veg, pita, etc.). Have a fun trip!
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11 Angela October 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Well I love the texture of regular babaganoush, but I also love the look of your deconstructed version–gorgeous!
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12 wok with ray October 27, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Your baba ghanoush salad looks amazing. I don’t mind having this any time. Have a good trip to LA. 🙂
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13 Ina gawne October 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This sounds wonderfully delicious! I am with you…nothing mushy!
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14 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Kiran your eggplant is perfect! I am not great at cooking it – either too oily, rubbery, dense, raw, I never seem to hit the nail on the head. I need to try your version!

15 Parsley Sage October 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

HA! You’ve taken the mush right out of the eggplant! I’ve got texture issues with lots of food…most notably, the dread tomato! Heebity!

Gorgeous dish, I really like the idea of a deconstructed babaganoush 🙂
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16 Simply Life October 27, 2012 at 4:17 PM

If we still had our eggplants from the CSA I would have made this- I didn’t know what to do with them! Great idea!
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17 Carolyn Chan October 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Couldn’t agree with you more on the texture thing and looove what you’ve done with the eggplant! Have fun in LA!
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18 Raymund October 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM

That salad looks good, I made something similar last week but I added squash and potabello mushrooms. Love a grilled salad like this
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19 fabiola@notjustbaked October 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I cannot tell you enough how much I love your photos and style. Plus I am an eggplant lover in all forms. But especially paired this way. Never had it, so I will have to try this.
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20 Anne@FromMySweetHeart October 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Hi Kiran and I am with you! Texture can totally make or break a dish for me. I LOVE baba ganoush (and eggplant in general) and I much prefer these beautiful pieces of eggplant to a mushy, slimy puree. Your photography is just outstanding! I hope you have a wonderful time in L.A.! : )
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21 The Squishy Monster October 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, my friend! I adore Babaganoush and this is such a beautiful way to prepare it…can’t wait to try it sometime soon!
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22 honeywhatscooking October 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Have fun in LA, Kiran. YOu should check out Georgetown Cupcake which recently opened up there. In addition, try In-n-Out Burger – order the Animal Style Grilled Cheese sandwich – it is 100% vegetarian, and order Animal Style Fries – you won’t be sorry. Lastly, go to Nothing Bundt Cakes – they have the best Red Velvet Bundt Cake and White Chocolate Raspberry cake, they are mini versions.
Everything I mentioned above is a franchise.

your salad looks incredible.. very creative. I’m pretty fuss free when it comes to texture. 🙂
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23 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 29, 2012 at 5:14 AM

An incredible warm salad with sesame dressing, Kiran.
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24 Asmita October 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

What a fabulous salad! Love eggplant and the dressing sounds perfect!
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25 Denise October 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I’m on a serious eggplant kick lately and babaganoush has always been a favorite of mine. Can’t wait to try this!
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26 foodwanderings October 29, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Aww Kiran we both got aubergine on our minds. Love yours spiked with some heat here and tomatoes too! Yum! I don’t know why but the hurricane opened up my appetite.:)

27 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb October 30, 2012 at 4:24 AM

Kiran that deconstructed Baba Ganoush sounds absolutly like my kind of thing, altough I ahve to confess that I love soggy cereals and dips. ^.^ Anyway have fun exploring the sunny LA!
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28 Kristi Rimkus October 30, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I totally agree with you when it comes to eggplant. I’ve made BabaGanoush and the texture wasn’t up my alley. I know people who love it, but it just doesn’t suit my tastes. This recipe sounds fantastic!
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29 Cass @foodmyfriend October 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Yum! Looks very smooth for babaganoush. I call it ‘noush’ normally 😛
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30 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Hmmm very nice! I love the idea of using broiler for eggplant. I can already see nice char and the flavor from it. All the spices will be nicely absorbed into the eggplant… this is a wonderful dish for an eggplant lover like myself!
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31 Tadka Pasta October 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I’ll trade the baba ghanoush for your yummy salad anytime, Kiran. Beautifully cooked and photographed!
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32 Julia November 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Great way to use Baba Ghanoush! I mostly just eat it with pita but this sounds like the perfect way to incorporate it into a salad!

33 Nupur November 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Ohh Wow !! What a fun idea of creating a salad with Baba Ganoush .. and loved the texture formed up ..

Have fun in LA Kiran .. 🙂
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34 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I love your deconstructed BabaGanoush! Yum!
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35 Dena April 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Love this recipe. I enjoy eggplant and am always happy to find something new. I LOVE traditional BabaGanoush, but this is intriguing. I shall have to prepare it soon. Thanks!

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