Grilled Lemons and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Grilled Lemons And Eggplant With Garlic Sauce

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Lori Loucas

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The mint and labneh give this salad a refreshing tang. You can find Labneh at Whole Foods or at any Middle Eastern or Egyptian market.

Rating:

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Serves:
4
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Grill

Ingredients

  • 1/2
    red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1
    lemon
  • 3 small
    eggplants
  • 1 Tbsp
    za'atar
  • 5 Tbsp
    olive oil, divided use
  • 1 c
    mint leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    sherry vinegar
  • 2 clove
    garlic, grated
  • 1 c
    labneh (can sub full fat greek yogurt)

How to Make Grilled Lemons and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Step-by-Step

  1. Turn grill on to medium high. (We use our Cuisinart Griddler, indoors) Lightly oil the grates/grill surface. Meanwhile, slice the onion very thinly and let soak in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Drain the onions and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. Slice the eggplants into 1/2 inch rounds.
  2. In a bowl, toss the eggplant, za'atar and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, coating well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill the eggplant until tender and slightly charred, turning frequently. This will take 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool a bit.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the lemon very thinly and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. After eggplant is done cooking, grill the lemon slices until charred in a few spots, turning frequently. Takes about 2 mintues, so watch carefully. Transfer to the cutting board and let cool a bit. Cut the slices in half.
  4. Place the onions and the lemons in a medium bowl. Gently stir in the mint, sherry vinegar and the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the garlic and labneh. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, spread the labneh onto a serving platter and arrange the eggplant over it. Top with the onion/mint mixture.

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About Grilled Lemons and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy



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