Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

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Crispy pan fried eggplant & prosciutto are added to a traditional caprese salad in this recipe that’s perfect as an appetizer, side dish or main dish.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Ever since I created the Stacked Beet Salad on the blog in March, I’ve had the idea to create another stacked dish of sorts with Eggplant Parmesan.

I ended up with a quick and easy eggplant parmesan that I paired with one of my favorite salads of all time, the caprese salad.

Eggplant Prosciutto Caprese Salad

In addition to adding the crispy eggplant which gives the salad a nice crunch, I also added prosciutto, my favorite thinly-sliced, dry-cured meat!

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

The result was seriously one of the best, if not the best, salad I’ve ever had!

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Ingredients

Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped) + 8 basil leaves (divided)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 eggplant (cut in ¼ inch slices)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes (sliced)
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • ¼ cup balsamic glaze

Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad Instructions

Place the egg in a shallow bowl & whisk.

In another shallow bowl, combine the oregano, thyme, 1 tbsp chopped basil, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Dip the eggplant in the egg, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with each slice of eggplant.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the eggplant and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

Remove from the skillet and build the caprese salad.

Place one slice of mozzarella, heirloom tomato, prosciutto and basil in between each piece of crispy eggplant. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and serve.

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe

This salad could easily be served as an appetizer, side dish or main dish!

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

The colors are beautiful and the flavors are light, making it the perfect salad for spring and summer!

Crispy Eggplant Caprese Salad Recipe

Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad Recipe
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Crispy Eggplant & Prosciutto Caprese Salad

Crispy pan fried eggplant & prosciutto are added to a traditional caprese salad in this recipe that's perfect as an appetizer, side dish or main dish.

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 29 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 547 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 eggplant cut in ¼ inch slices
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 8 basil leaves
  • ¼ cup balsamic reduction

Instructions

  1. Place the egg in a shallow bowl & whisk.
  2. In another shallow bowl, combine the oregano, thyme, 1 tbsp chopped basil, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.

  3. Dip the eggplant in the egg, then coat in the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Repeat with each slice of eggplant.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  6. Add the eggplant and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove from the skillet and build the caprese salad.
  8. Place one slice of mozzarella, heirloom tomato, prosciutto and basil in between each piece of crispy eggplant.
  9. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction and serve.

Recipe Notes

Vegetarian Option: Omit the prosciutto to make this recipe vegetarian.

Gluten Free Option:  Use gluten-free breadcrumbs, or crushed rice chex cereal, instead of traditional breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.