It’s tomato and eggplant season, one of my favorite times of the year! Local, fresh tomatoes are so flavorful on their own, I like to keep my preparations pretty simple. This salad combines some CSA lettuce and kale with avocado, tomatoes and an awesome secret ingredient – eggplant bacon! Okay, so maybe calling this “bacon” is a bit of a stretch, but it’s certainly smoky and salty and chewy and adds great texture and flavor to any salad, pasta dish or sandwich. It’s just another amazing creation by my cooking hero, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and she has generously posted the recipe on her blog. You can keep this salad vegan by dressing it with Isa’s Classic Vegan Caesar, or use any dressing you have on hand. If you have an eggplant hater in your life, this salad just might change their tune!