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VIRGINIA THIS MORNING: Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – It’s a  tasty and healthy dish using fresh Italian Eggplant that’s grilled and drizzled with Olive Oil with a sprinkle of toasted pecans, basil and tangy goat cheese. Local Food Expert Debbie Boroughs shares her easy to make recipe.

Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

 3 tablespoons olive oil

7 Italian eggplant, cut into 1” wide slices

½ cup toasted pecans

3 oz goat cheese, crumbled

1/3  cup fresh globe basil

 Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

1 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh globe basil

1 teaspoon shallot, minced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Drizzle olive oil over sliced eggplant and toss to coat.  Preheat grill or grill pan over medium heat.  Grill until tender and grill marks appear, about 3 minutes each side.

Arrange grilled eggplant on platter.  Sprinkle with pecans, basil and goat cheese.  Drizzle with lemon-basil vinaigrette.