Eggplant Salad or Ensaladang Talong is a simple Filipino Salad composed of grilled eggplant, tomatoes, and onions. This is eaten as a side dish and is best if partnered with grilled dishes such as inihaw na baboy or grilled pork belly. It can also be eaten along with fried dishes. I personally enjoy having this as a side dish for crispy fried pork belly known as lechon kawali.
Ensaladang talong is also good for crispy pata in some occasions where atcharang papaya is not available.
This side dish is easy and quick to prepare. It only took me around 10 minutes to complete dish. Eggplants are traditionally grilled until cooked. This makes the skin easier to peel-off. Instead of grilling t, I directly placed it on top of the stove and applied heat directly until the outer layer turns black. This saved me time. Don’t worry if the skin of the eggplant burns, this is likely to happen when direct heat is applied. What’s important is that you exercise caution. Keep an eye on the eggplant while doing this procedure.
When you’re done with the eggplant, everything should be a breeze. All you need to do is peel the skin of the eggplant, chop the remaining vegetables, and mix all the ingredients together – you should be enjoying your eggplant salad in no time.
I like eating this with grilled fish along with lemon and soy sauce dip. The acidity of the vinegar (and lemon from the dip) reduces the fishy taste of any seafood. I remember eating this salad with some grilled fish using a cut of banana leaf as my plate. It was such a wonderful experience.
How to Make Eggplant Salad or Ensaladang Talong
Making an eggplant salad is straightforward. As mentioned earlier, the eggplant needs to be prepared first. The time depends on the method used. Grilling the eggplant over charcoal will take around 10 minutes. However, placing it over direct fire such as on top of the stove will only take 5 minutes.
You will need to peel the skin off the eggplant afterwards and mash it using a fork.
The next step is to combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure that the ingredients are chopped or sliced beforehand. Toss to ensure that all ingredients are well distributed. Topping eggplant salad with bagoong alamang helps provide additional flavors.
I tried having this with inihaw na bangus and the pairing was wonderful. What foods do you usually eat eggplant salad with? Try this Ensaladang Talong Recipe. Let me know what you think.
- 2 pieces Chinese eggplant
- 2 pieces tomato
- 1 piece onion
- ¾ cup vinegar white
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons shrimp paste bagoong
- Grill the eggplant (or cook directly on stove top)
- Peel the skin, cut the stem, and mash lightly using a fork.
- Cube the tomatoes and onion.
- Combine the chopped tomatoes, onion, mashed eggplant, salt, ground black pepper, and vinegar then toss to mix the ingredients.
- Top with shrimp paste.
- Serve. Share and Enjoy
I like to add ripe manggo and it’s super yummy.
Vanjo Merano says
That sounds good. I have not tried ripe mango for this yet. It’s green or unripe mango that I use sometimes.
How do you do it, Rose? Do you slice the ripe mango and mix it with the rest the ingredients?
I would love to hear from you.
myrna tolentino says
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I tried boiling the eggplant, mainly because grilling it makes such a mess. Came out OK! And instead of shrimp paste, I substituted bagoong balayan. Yummy!
I will try this one. I make something like this but instead of onions and tomatoes -- I only put lots of garlic -- with vinegar and pepper and a little bit of sugar. I brought this salad with my big roasted pink salmon in oven from Victoria, BC. Since then, whenever I have party at home I always have eggplant salad which most of the time, get finished before the fish or meat. (boiled or fried)
Jane Amora says
Hi again Panlasang Pinoy! I just did a feature of another of yours. this one in particular. great great dish! read about it at http//stepbystepcooking.net/?p=79
I love this…yum yum…
Sent this to my cousin, she lovesssss talong na ganito.
Thanks for sharing!