Salata meshwiya literally means roasted salad, and is popular all along the North African coast, particularly in Tunisia. The country’s history with France means there’s a heavy influence of French cuisine in the food, which perhaps explains the meshwiya’s resemblance to the Niçoise salad, which includes eggs and canned tuna.

Serves
4

Preparation

15min

Cooking

25min

Skill level

Easy
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Ingredients

  • 5 yellow bullhorn capsicums (see Note)
  • 5 small Lebanese eggplants 
  • 2 red onions, peeled, halved 
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) olive oil 
  • 4 large roma tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed, thinly sliced 
  • 1 large lemon, juiced 
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, quartered 
  • 425 g can tuna in brine, drained, broken into large pieces 
  • 1 tbsp salted capers, rinsed, drained

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Instructions

Standing time 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place capsicums, eggplants and onions on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for 25 minutes, turning halfway, or until softened and capsicums are blackened all over. Transfer capsicums to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Stand for 10 minutes to allow the skins to soften, then rub off charred skins and slice into thin strips.

Cut eggplant into 1 cm rounds, slice onions and place in a large bowl with capsicums, tomatoes, lemon juice and remaining 60 ml olive oil. Season and toss gently to combine. Spoon over a platter, top with eggs and tuna, and scatter with capers to serve.

 

Note

• Bullhorn capsicums, available from selected supermarkets and greengrocers, are red or dark green and are 15 cm long with a tapered shape, similar to that of a bull’s horn. Alternatively, use banana chillies. 

As seen in Feast magazine, Feb 2012, Issue 6. For more recipes and articles, pick up a copy of this month's Feast magazine or check out our great subscriptions offers here.

Photography by Peter Georgakopoulos.