If you have been a vegan or a vegetarian for a while, you probably know the word salad means much more than what most people think. Salads don’t have to be made of dry bitter greens, and neither is topping vegetables with some corn and beans the only way to make a salad more appealing.
This particular salad is a heartwarming dish that can be served as a side dish, or as the main course along with a bowl of couscous or plain white rice. With a beautiful palette of colors, the North African merger of spices and vegetable, this plate is a perfect choice when you are hosting, or when you simply feel like making a delicious easy dish that looks good on the table.
Tunisian Grilled salad (Mechouia salad)
This Tunisian grilled salad is delicious and flavorful. Who said salads have to be boring? This salad is fun and flavorful and the perfect option for vegans and vegetarians. Enjoy this dish as a side or main dish. This is definitely a recipe you need to try out!
1 kilogram bell pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 large plum tomatoes
1 medium onion
1/2 eggplant, optional
2 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
A dash of salt and pepper, to taste
Chop the vegetables roughly
Oil a grill and grill the vegetables. If a grill is not available, use a heavy nonstick pan and grill the vegetable stovetop, not in the oven
Once they are cool enough to handle, peel the grilled vegetables
Mash the sweet pepper, chili pepper, onion, and garlic together, then add the grilled eggplant and mash
In a separate plate, mash the tomatoes
Add the mashed tomatoes to the bowl with the other mashed vegetables and mix
Add the spices, olive oil, and lemon juice
Garnish with olives and capers and serve hot
*Mash the vegetables with your hands to get an authentic texture. Using a food processor may result in runny vegetables, and the consistency of the dish will not be the same.
Calories 120, Fat 7.4 grams, Cholesterol 0 milligrams, Sodium 15 milligrams, Carbs 14 grams, Protein 2.4 grams