Low-carb eggplant towers

Low-carb eggplant towers

These colorful eggplant towers are low in carbs, but high on flavor. This delicious starter or side dish requires minimal preparation: just slice and stack the ingredients for an impressive presentation with all the wonderful flavors of the Mediterranean.

Low-carb eggplant towers

These colorful eggplant towers are low in carbs, but high on flavor. This delicious starter or side dish requires minimal preparation: just slice and stack the ingredients for an impressive presentation with all the wonderful flavors of the Mediterranean.
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. (5½ cups) 230 g (1.3 liters) fresh basil
  • ½ cup 120 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp 1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 1 1 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
Eggplant towers
  • 1 (18 oz.) 1 (500 g) eggplant (about 17 oz/500 g each)
  • 9 oz. (213 cups) 250 g (550 ml) fresh mozzarella cheese log
  • 2 (8 oz.) 2 (230 g) tomato (about 5 oz/140 g each)tomatoes (about 5 oz/140 g each)
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
To serve
  • 5 oz. (3½ cups) 140 g (800 ml) fresh basil
  • 4 oz. 110 g cherry tomatoes
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Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

Basil dressing

  1. For the basil dressing, put the basil, garlic, salt and olive oil in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Eggplant towers

  1. Cut the eggplant, mozzarella and tomato into ½" (1 cm) slices.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and fry the eggplant until golden.
  3. To assemble the dish, place an eggplant slice in the center of each plate, then add a slice of mozzarella followed by a tomato slice.
  4. Add a spoonful of the basil dressing.
  5. Continue the process on individual plates until all the ingredients have been used, about 6 slices per tower.
  6. Finish off your creations by drizzling some more basil dressing over top and scattering some cherry tomato halves around the plate.

Tip

When you prepare the basil dressing, consider making a larger quantity and keeping some ready-made in the refrigerator. That way you will have a tasty dressing to hand for whenever you want to give an extra touch to any Mediterranean dish!

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