Since waxing lyrical about the recent English weather in Wednesday’s post, it seems a prolonged, warm and dry spell was not on the cards after all. Today it has mostly rained. Never mind – in the garden summer vegetables are starting to ripen and it’s time for aubergines, courgettes and tomatoes to shine in the kitchen.
I knocked up this simple aubergine salad pretty quickly the other day and it’s delicious served either with grilled meats or (and this is my preference) with some fresh, burrata cheese and a hunk of crusty bread. The ingredients make enough for a side salad for two hungry people. Do give it a try.
1 medium aubergine, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
A few leaves of basil
Salt and extra virgin olive oil
Pour the red wine vinegar over the chopped onion and leave this to sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
Fry the aubergine pieces in a little olive oil until they have softened and browned a little.
Combine the aubergine and quartered tomatoes with the onion and vinegar mixture.
Add a tiny pinch of salt to taste and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir and top with torn basil leaves. Serve with your choice of accompaniments, not forgetting a glass of something pink and chilled, naturally.