Salads don’t have to be cold or boring! Try a delicious warm kale salad with eggplant and mushrooms, topped with tangy goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s the perfect side dish for cold weather! (gluten-free, vegetarian)
It’s finally starting to feel like fall! Hopefully it won’t warm back up to 100° next week. I’m ready to be eating my favorite fall comfort foods.
This roasted Warm Eggplant, Mushroom, and Kale Salad is the perfect fall salad. It is served hot straight from the oven with warm fall flavors like thyme and balsamic vinegar, with creamy goat cheese that make the mushrooms, kale and eggplant so comforting and perfect for cooler temperatures when you don’t want a cold salad.
If you don’t want to mess with making the dressing, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar works just fine too! Or you could use your favorite balsamic vinaigrette. Whatever you’d like. I like to serve this salad with roasted bone-in chicken or pork loin, but experiment with what you like. You can also make it a vegetarian meal by throwing in some chickpeas or tofu, or topping with a poached egg.
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Warm Eggplant, Mushroom and Kale Salad
A delicious warm eggplant, mushroom and kale salad with tangy goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s the perfect side dish for cold weather! (gluten-free, vegetarian)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
- Category: salad, side dish
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 pint cremini mushrooms
- 4 large leaves of kale
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- 4 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp honey
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
- Cut eggplant into uniform 1 inch cubes. Toss with 1/2 tbsp of the olive oil and spread onto one of the cookie sheets. Wash mushrooms and cut each in half. Toss with 1/2 tbsp olive oil and add to cookie sheet with eggplant.
- Roughly chop kale into uniform pieces and toss with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil. Spread onto other cookie sheet.
- Roast kale 10 minutes or until crispy but not burned. Roast eggplant and mushrooms 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Let vegetables cool slightly before handling.
- Meanwhile, prepare the dressing: In a small saucepan, and garlic, balsamic, oil and honey. Heat on low until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove garlic cloves and stir in cracked pepper to taste. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine roasted vegetables, dressing, walnuts, goat cheese, and thyme. Gently stir and serve immediately.