Even though summer produce is still at its peak, we're already craving a comforting dish that feels right for fall. That's why we've decided to make this vegetarian end-of-season dish. Sauteed eggplant becomes silky and slightly sweet, making it a perfect complement to mild Israeli couscous. Toss everything together with a bit of basil, and serve this fragrant (and incredibly simple!) meatless meal for dinner tonight!
Eggplant Salad with Israeli Couscous
3/4 cup Israeli couscous
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Italian or graffiti eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 shallots, trimmed and quartered
2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil, torn
1. In a small saucepan, combine couscous, 1 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, stir once, and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until couscous is tender, about 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over medium-high. Add eggplant and shallots and stir to coat; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring frequently, until shallots are caramelized and eggplant is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
3. In a serving bowl, combine eggplant mixture and couscous. Stir in vinegar and basil and season salad with salt and pepper.
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