Fried Russian Eggplant Salad

This eggplant salad comes together very fast and has very few ingredients. Fried eggplant, fresh garden tomatoes, garlic and salt and pepper. For mean lovers, add cubed chicken breast meat to the mix. The eggplant salad can be made in advance as the flavors only deepen with time.  If you know of the Russian zakuski, or appetizers, with eggplant and tomatoes (Here are the ones I mean), this is kind of what it is like, only in salad form.

Fried eggplant salad served on plate with slice of bread.

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Russian Eggplant Salad Recipe

Preparing Fried Eggplant

To get started, wash and slice your eggplant. Cut into slices and then into small squares.

Cut eggplant into squares

Next, heat up a heavy bottomed pot, dutch oven, or even pan and add 2-3 tablespoons oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cut eggplant into the pot. Fry the eggplant pieces until they become golden brown.

Eggplant frying in oil

Once eggplant, is done, take it out and put into a bowl or plate with a paper towel to soak up the extra oil. Let the eggplant cool off.

Fried eggplant on paper towel

Preparing the rest of the Ingredients

In the meantime, cut tomatoes into small squares and place into a small/medium salad bowl.

Cut tomatoes into squares

Mince the garlic and add to the cut tomatoes in the salad bowl.

Mince the garlic

Once the eggplant is cooled off, add it to the tomatoes and garlic. Then add level tablespoons of mayonnaise and sour cream. (Make sure they are not heaping tablespoons as it might be too much dressing then). Add salt and pepper.

Add condiments and spices

Mix everything together.

Mix ingredients well

And there you have it – Fried Russian Eggplant Salad! Serve with a slice of bread or baguette. This is a great salad to have if you grill in the summer as it works well with the meat and can even take place of a side. Just look at all that goodness!

Fried eggplant salad served with bread.

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Fried Eggplant Salad

Fried eggplant, fresh tomatoes, minced garlic. All put together with some mayonnaise and sour cream. Easy, fast, and delicious salad.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: eggplant, Fried eggplant salad, Russian Eggplant Salad, salad
Servings: 4


  • 1 Medium eggplant (mine was about 10 oz)
  • 2-3 tbsp Corn oil
  • 1-2 Tomatoes 5-6 oz
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 1 even tbsp Sour cream
  • 1 even tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp Salt or to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Wash and slice eggplant into squares.
  • Heat up a heavy bottomed pan or pot and add 2-3 tablespoons oil. Once the oil is hot, add the cut eggplant into the pot. Fry until golden brown.
  • Take out eggplant and put into a bowl or plate with a paper towel to soak up the extra oil. Let cool.
  • In the meantime, cut the tomatoes into squares and mince the garlic clove. Combine in a small/medium bowl.
  • Add the fried eggplant to the tomatoes once cool.
  • Add the mayo, sour cream, salt and pepper to the bowl and mix well together. Serve.


Meat-lovers alternative: Cut up a chicken breast into small pieces/squares and fry in oil. Add to the salad. You might need to increase the amount of mayonnaise and sour cream as well as salt and pepper.

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