Recipe: Raw Eggplant Tea Salad

This innovative recipe uses loose tea leaves for a fun and fresh take on a salad. The raw eggplant is delicious and almost meaty… I didn’t know you could do this with eggplant until I had it the other day.

Raw Eggplant Tea Salad


  • 1/2 of a large eggplant, diced in ~1cm cubes
  • 2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 small/medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon loose rooibos tea (any kind)
  • chili and garlic powders, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar


Mix everything together. Let sit for 20+ minutes for the flavors to really mesh.

The inspiration for this recipe came from the chef of Sanctuary T Restaurant, who was demo-ing his tea spice mixes at Whole Foods. Unfortunately for him I didn’t buy his spices, but I did make my own version!

I served this with my easy pizza dough recipe for dinner. For the flour mixture I used a mix of Jiffy cornbread mix, whole wheat flour, and oat bran (out of wheat bran, which I usually add). I topped the pizza with extra sauce and some cheddar cheese (light on the cheese, just how we like it). We each had half. We eat a lot of pizza.

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

0 comment on Recipe: Raw Eggplant Tea Salad

  1. Kate
    15 April, 2010 at 2:59 am (7 years ago)

    I’m glad the pizza stuff is being put to good use. It’s in good hands. Everything looks totally delicious and I’m jealous 🙂

  2. Ali
    15 April, 2010 at 4:06 am (7 years ago)

    Wow, did not think eggplant was edible raw, I will definitely try this.
    And I would say my favorite pizza topping is olives.

  3. Gaby
    15 April, 2010 at 4:19 am (7 years ago)

    OooOO so creative! I need to try tea in cooking next time I get the chance. I’ve used it in baking but the flavor is never overly strong.
    My work this week is insane, my days have been nonstop starting at 8 am going til after 10 pm with hardly any breaks. and by hardly any breaks I mean that the few times I’ve managed to go to the bathroom, it involved literally sprinting down the hallway. I can’t wait for Friday!!!
    My parents are in NY this week and I”m so jealous, they say it’s gorgeous right now. Hope you’re enjoying it and getting in lots of pretty walks 🙂

  4. Abby
    15 April, 2010 at 7:34 am (7 years ago)

    I’ve never tried eggplant like that, but it looks easy (and yummy) enough that I might try! As for pizza, mmmmm….pizza. I don’t go the homemade route, considering I don’t really cook, but Amy’s Pesto Pizza with pesto (duh), mozzarella and broccoli is my favorite ever. SO good.

  5. glidingcalm
    15 April, 2010 at 3:27 pm (7 years ago)

    mmmm pizza!! That looks amazing!! Eggplant always reminds me of warm weather!! LET THE GRILLING SEASON BEGIN!!!!!! YAY!

    happy Thursday Maggie!!!

  6. Kim
    15 April, 2010 at 4:15 pm (7 years ago)

    I love pizza! Any time we make or order a big pizza, we each eat half. Favorite toppings? Mushrooms, olives, onions, tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic… I could go on.

  7. Janet (Pantry Bites)
    15 April, 2010 at 7:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Tea and eggplant…never would have thought of it. Have you ever tried marinated and dehydrated eggplant? It’s a raw foodie recipe that’s meant to be a substitute for bacon.

  8. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    16 April, 2010 at 7:30 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m so happy that I bought eggplant yesterday because I’m seriously craving it after seeing your salad pic 😀