How to cook an easy Ensaladang Talong: Perfect Eggplant Salad Recipe

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  July 18, 2021

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Consider this: You’re running late for work and don’t have time to cook a full-blast breakfast meal. What would you do then?

A simple solution is to do this salad-based Filipino dish, and this is the Ensaladang Talong Recipe also known as Eggplant Salad.

Made with exactly three ingredients: Eggplant, onion, and tomatoes, this is the perfect viand to make when you just have to rush something.

Though it is usually considered as a side dish to anything fried such as pork chops or fried fish, there is no harm in serving it as a standalone viand with warm rice.

Ensaladang Talong Recipe (Eggplant Salad)

Ensaladang Talong Recipe (Method 1)

After making sure that the eggplant is cooked, peel the skin and cut up into vertical pieces then you can mix up all of the other chopped ingredients.

Season the entire salad either with bagoong isda (fish paste), patis (fish sauce),  a combination of soy sauce and Filipino lemon juice (calamansi) or a mixture of vinegar, sugar, and salt.

Aside from the Method Above, you can also see the complete method below to make Ensaladang Talong recipe.  I posted this two version to make it easy for you guys to choose what is best for you.

Ensaladang Talong

What makes this Ensaladang Talong a joy to make and eat is because of the ease of its preparation and cooking.

Since Ensaladang Talong is commonly served as a side dish, its combination of ingredients provides a stark contrast to the dish that it partners and also, if it was partnered with anything fried, will provide a counter to the oil of the main dish. T

he added bagoong isda also gives the Ensaladang Talong recipe a mushiness needed for it to be easily chewed.

As a standalone dish, however, this is a pungent but very tasty and healthy salad that needs to be partnered with rice so that the latter than counter the Ensalada’s combination of flavors.

Ensalada Eggplant

Ensalada Eggplant

Ensaladang Talong Recipe (Eggplant Salad)

Joost Nusselder
Since Ensaladang Talong is commonly served as a side dish, its combination of ingredients provides a stark contrast to the dish that it partners and also, if it was partnered with anything fried, will provide a counter to the oil of the main dish.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3 people
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Chinese eggplants
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp shrimp paste (bagoong) or use sea salt for a vegetarian option
  • 1 medium red chilli sliced
  • ¾ cup coconut vinegar or white vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Slice the eggplants in half crosswise then grill until cooked. Cool down then using a spoon scrape off the flesh from the skin. Roughly chop then set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl mix everything together.
  • Place on a small serving plate then serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal
Keyword Eggplant, Salad
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My favorite Bagoong Alamang if you want to buy one, is this one from Kamayan:

Bagoong Alamang

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Also check out this Filipino eggplant omelette: Tartang Talong

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