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Moroccan Eggplant Chicken Salad

This deconstructed salad is a moreish Moroccan feast. Dig in.

Let’s prep

  • 4 small eggplants
  • 4 tbsp olive oil mixed with 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup cooked wholemeal cous cous
  • ¼ cup currants
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 5 tbsp harissa – Julie Le Clerc brand
  • 1-2 packs Santa Rosa sliced chicken
  • 1 red onion sliced thinly into rounds
  • 2 oranges cut into segments with the skin and pith removed
  • 1 tomato on the vine

Let’s cook

  1. Preheat oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cut each eggplant through the middle lengthways leaving the stalks intact. Put them on the baking tray along with the tomatoes; drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  3. Bake for 10 mins then remove the tomatoes to cool.
  4. Using a pastry brush, spread the turmeric oil all over the cut inner surface of the eggplants. Then bake for a further 15 mins or until cooked and golden.
  5. To the cooked cous cous, add the currants, herbs and 3 tbsp of harissa. Season and stir well.
  6. Toss the chicken in the remaining 2 tbsp of harissa and then add to cous cous.
  7. To assemble, put each eggplant onto a large plate. Stuff with a quarter of the cous cous. Then top with red onion slices, orange segments, a dollop of extra harissa, 2 tomatoes. Serve at the table.

Let’s serve

Finish with even more fresh parsley, mint and a drizzle of the turmeric oil.

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