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Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jeanette


  • 1 medium red bell pepper cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup cup olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant stem removed, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 small zucchini cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 medium white onion diced, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts toasted
  • 1 tablespoon tiny capers drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 fresh tomatoes peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Stir in red pepper and cook 1 minute. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until a cube of eggplant dipped in the oil gives off a lively sizzle. Add the eggplant cubes and fry, stirring and turning them so they cook evenly, until the eggplant is golden brown on all sides. Remove the eggplant with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a separate large skillet. Add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Add the onion to the oil remaining in the pan and cook, stirring 1 minute.
  5. Stir in the celery and cook until the vegetables are wilted, about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cranberries, green olives, pine nuts, capers, and blanched pepper.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking, stirring, until the vegetables are soft but not mushy, about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until they are softened, about 5 minutes.
  9. While the vegetables are cooking, make the sugar-mint syrup. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and the mint, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.
  10. Pour the syrup into the skillet of vegetables and cook until the vegetables are very soft and juicy but not broken up, about 3-4 minutes.
  11. Finally, stir in the eggplant and zucchini and cook 1-2 minutes.
  12. Cool completely before refrigerating.