FFWD – Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumbers

Close up of the eggplant "tartines"

It’s been a good couple of weeks for eggplant dishes. I went to a friend’s birthday dinner recently and the appetizer was a thick, roasted slice of eggplant topped with goat cheese and ribbons of bell pepper. Today’s French Fridays recipe is another delicious take on roasted eggplant. This time, the eggplant is topped with a tomato salad and ribbons of cucumber.

It’s a “tartine” because the roasted eggplant stands in for bread, making it both a great way to enjoy summer produce and a good option for gluten-free eating. The salad is tossed in a red wine vinegar-oregano vinaigrette and balances the sweetness of the tomatoes with the sharpness of onions and celery and the saltiness of olives and capers. The flavours are well-balanced and the textures are varied and interesting.

A trayful of eggplant "tartines"

We had these “tartines” as a side dish alongside steamed bush beans and spaghetti with homemade pesto. It made for a lovely summer meal. I think I’ll also keep this in mind for the next time Kevin and I have a party – I think it will please our gluten-loving and gluten-free guests alike.

In the meantime, I’m going to use this dish as inspiration to use the remaining weeks of garden season to experiment with summer produce – it’s often too easy to just pop veggies into the steamer and be done with it. I love steamed vegetables, but there really is so much more.

Roasted slice of eggplant, loaded with tomato salad and topped with ribbons of cucumber.

You can find many other blogged descriptions of this week’s FFWD recipe here: Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumbers

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21 thoughts on “FFWD – Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumbers

  1. Isn’t that what cooking along with Dorie every week is about, Teresa, using her dishes as inspirations to do other things with the food products/produce you have on hand? Every week I’m also inspired by what everyone else has concocted – much more creatively than me. I think this tartine works well as a side dish. I don’t believe, for dinner, at least, that it’s filling enough for a main course.

  2. Your dish looks lovely! I made mine right before leaving town early this week, so I have to “test” whether my baked slices survived being in the freezer. Your idea of goat cheese and roasted peppers sounds amazing too. I like this too – your photos are lovely!

  3. Teresa, I can see that you followed the recipe to a “tee” with your beautiful presentation – I love the fact that you used this as a side to a wonderful homemade meal and I agree, this would make a perfect party dish which everyone can and will enjoy, it is a good recipe to have on hand for my vegetarian friends. And, yes, goat chesse is wonderful with all aubergine dishes it seems.

    Have a good weekend!

  4. We enjoyed this dish too. I’m liking what Dorie does with vegetables so far. Thanks for your encouragement to join in on FFwD cooking!

  5. Fabulous photo at the top. I love your cucumber ribbons. I really loved the topping on this, and I love anything that involves eggplant. And this recipe was so perfect for the late summer vegetables.

  6. Wow, they look absolutely gorgeous! Your presentation is so pretty!
    We’ve been grilling a lot of eggplant and zucchini with garlic and oil on the barbecue last few weeks and I can’t get enough!

  7. Your tartines are scrumptious looking- the entire meal sounds wonderful;-) I have yet to make any recipes with eggplants this Summer, I think I’m picking some up at the farmers market this week before I miss my chance;-)

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