Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Salad

This Mediterranean grilled eggplant salad is zesty and delicious! Serve it as a side dish, or as a vegetarian main dish over greens and couscous.

Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Salad

Back in 2010, Alex picked up a book called Food Matters. It was a little paperback by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, all about how the way we eat affects our bodies and the planet. He urged readers towards whole, non-processed foods and loading on the vegetables. It was the first time we’d heard the case stated so simply, and honestly, non-judgmentally. Just try one home-cooked, vegetarian meal per week! he urged. So we did. And gradually, we fell in love with cooking veggie-centric meals together. So we started a food blog to share some of the recipes we were cooking. We called it A Couple Cooks.

So really, if we hadn’t bumped into Mark Bittman, A Couple Cooks would not exist. And we’d be living very different lives. Keep reading for more about Mark Bittman and this Mediterranean eggplant salad recipe from his new book.

How to Grill Everything

About the book: How to Grill Everything

Fast-forward ten years, and Alex and I have become cookbook authors and food photographers, and our careers now revolve around food. So it’s with incredible pleasure that we announce the latest book by Mark Bittman, someone who’s had such an influence on our careers. It’s called: How to Grill Everything, and it’s where this Mediteranean eggplant salad comes from. Early on in our marriage, Alex and I loved cooking from Bittman’s veggie encyclopedia, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. This new book is a similar concept, but all about grilling, well, everything (including meat).

Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Salad

Making this eggplant salad

Alex and I are all about grilling everything, so the book is a the perfect fit for us. This Mediterranean grilled eggplant salad with yogurt immediately caught our eye. It’s simple: grilled eggplant and tomatoes with a yogurt mint sauce–but it’s oh so delicious. It’s one of those recipes where the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. Serve it as a side dish alongside burgers or chicken; it’s simple to throw the eggplant and tomatoes onto the already hot grill.

We decided to serve the grilled eggplant salad as a vegetarian main dish: we tossed it over whole wheat couscous and greens, with some naan on the side. We also grilled up some additional cherry tomatoes so they could be served alongside. Another idea is to serve the grilled eggplant in a pita, with some crunchy lettuce and a ripe tomato.

Whatever way you serve it, this grilled eggplant salad is a must for summer dining (plus frose, of course). Congratulations to Mark Bittman on another fantastic book: you’ve changed our lives in so many ways, and we are utterly grateful!

Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Salad

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Grilled Eggplant Salad with Yogurt | A Couple Cooks

Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Salad


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This Mediterranean grilled eggplant salad is zesty and delicious! Serve it as a side dish, or as a vegetarian main dish over greens and couscous.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant (1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup good-quality olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 12 cherry tomatoes (additional as a side if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • Black pepper
  • To serve (as a vegetarian main):
    • Couscous
    • Salad greens
    • Pita bread

Instructions

  1. Start the coals or heat a gas grill for medium-high direct cooking. Make sure the grates are clean. If using wooden skewers, soak for about 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 3/4-inch slices. Brush with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste on both sides. Thread the tomatoes onto skewers. (If desired, you can add additional tomato skewers as a side.)
  3. Put the eggplant on the grill directly over the fire. Close the lid and cook, turning once, until the slices develop deep grill marks and are tender, 5 to 8 minutes per side; brush the eggplant with more oil if it starts to look dry.
  4. Grill the tomatoes at the same time, turning once, until charred and tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer both to a cutting board and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Put the yogurt, garlic, scallions, mint, and lemon juice in a large bowl and stir to combine. (You can prepare the recipe to this point up to a day before; cover and refrigerate the eggplant and yogurt mixture separately.) Add the tomatoes and eggplant to the yogurt and stir to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled, and garnish with sumac if you like.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from How to Grill Everything by Mark Bittman

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Grilled Eggplant, Eggplant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, Eggplant Salad, Yogurt, Mint,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Irini
    May 26, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Amazing version of a summer classic for us! Yummy! We had it with bread and fried potatoes! Simple and delicious!

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