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Wilted rainbow chard with seared eggplant and parsley vinaigrette

Serve as a side or toss in some grilled tofu or chicken for a satisfying main dish
Recipe and photo provided by CanolaInfo.org
wilted rainbow chard seared eggplant
6 servings / 18 min

Prep 10 min / Cook 8 min

Rainbow chard is aptly named – long, hearty leaves with a rainbow of colours that brighten any meal. Treat these leaves as you would spinach a quick sauté or steam and they’re ready to go. In this salad, the wilted yet vibrant leaves are nestled under baby eggplant caramelized with canola oil. The vegetables are then drizzled with a zesty green vinaigrette made with parsley.

Ingredients

Parsley vinaigrette:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) tightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped shallots
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper

Salad:

  • 2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil
  • 2 baby eggplant or 1 medium eggplant, unpeeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces (4 cups /1 L)
  • 1 bunch fresh rainbow chard, rinsed well and chopped (4 cups
    /1 L)
Directions
  1. In blender, combine all dressing ingredients. Purée until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In large skillet, heat 2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook 3-5 minutes, until golden brown on all sides, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and cover with foil to keep warm. Set aside.
  3. Add rainbow chard to same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 1-2 minutes or until chard wilts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and arrange chard on serving platter.
  4. Arrange eggplant over top of chard. Drizzle parsley vinaigrette over eggplant and chard and serve.

    Tip: The meatiness of the eggplant with some added grilled tofu would make this an excellent vegetarian meal, or you could add grilled chicken if you like. For variety, substitute beet greens, collard greens or spinach for the rainbow chard.
Nutritional info per serving (1 of 6) 
  • Calories 80
  • Protein 2 g
  • Total Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates 9 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Added sugars 0 g
  • Sodium 95 mg
  • Potassium 445 mg