ZUCCHINI "NOODLES" WITH EGGPLANT AND TOMATOES

For your 'Meatless Monday' recipe collection!  A great way to use your Basil and Cherry Tomatoes.This recipe received great reviews with Epicurious.

YIELD
Serves 4
TOTAL TIME
45 minutes

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 medium zucchini (about 1 1/4 pounds), spiralized or cut into matchsticks
    • 2 medium yellow squash (about 1 1/4 pounds), spiralized or cut into matchsticks
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 cup (packed) basil leaves, chopped, divided
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
    • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 large long Chinese eggplants (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1/4" slices on the bias
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, divided
    • 1/4 cup pitted cured black olives, halved, divided
    • 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
 

PREPARATION

    1. Place zucchini and squash in a strainer set over a bowl. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. salt and toss to combine. Let sit 10 minutes, then shake in strainer, pressing gently, to remove any excess liquid.
    2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, honey, pepper, 1/2 cup basil, 3 Tbsp. oil, and 1/4 tsp. salt in a large bowl.
    3. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic until it begins to sizzle and turn golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with dressing. Increase heat to medium-high, add eggplant and 1 cup tomatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is browned and cooked through and tomatoes begin to burst, about 6–8 minutes. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and transfer to bowl with dressing.
    4. Cut remaining 1 cup tomatoes in half lengthwise and add to bowl with dressing. Add zucchini and squash; gently toss to combine. Add 3 Tbsp. olives and 2 Tbsp. basil, then transfer with tongs to a platter, letting extra liquid drain and remain in bowl. Lay mozzarella on 1 end of platter and drizzle with oil. Top dish with remaining 2 Tbsp. basil and 1 Tbsp. olives.

Courtesy of Epicurious

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