Ella Mills: Spicy Miso Aubergine and Broccoli salad
Ella Mills, founder of the hugely popular Deliciously Ella food blog has a new cookbook out. And with recipes like these, it's no wonder her plant-based diet has so many followers.
SPICY MISO AUBERGINE AND BROCCOLI SALAD
This salad was a real hit in the deli [Mills owns a delicatessen in London], and it's one of my go-tos as well. We used to serve it cool, but have recently discovered a new love of serving it warm, straight out of the oven, and couldn't recommend that more. The dressing is partly what makes this so good and I use it a lot in other dishes - the ginger, miso, sesame and lime mix is a real winner.
Serves 2 as a main course and 4 as a starter
2 medium aubergines, chopped into bite-sized chunks
1 large head of broccoli, chopped into florets
Pinch of chilli flakes
Handful of coriander, chopped
Handful of sesame seeds
For the miso dressing 4 tbsp miso paste
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp rice vinegar
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
Salt and pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 240ºC (fan 220ºC).
2. For the dressing, blitz the miso, lime juice, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and some salt and pepper in a blender until smooth. If you don't have a blender, dissolve the miso paste in a tablespoon of boiling water then stir through the other dressing ingredients.
3. In a large baking tray, mix the aubergine with the dressing and roast for 30-35 minutes. At this point, remove the tray from the oven and switch the oven over to the grill setting. Mix the broccoli florets with the aubergine, then place the tray back in the oven for another 10 minutes until the broccoli is lightly charred on top and the aubergine is soft and golden.
4. Once cooked, remove from the oven, place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with the chilli flakes, coriander and sesame seeds before serving.