Grilled Lemons and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Grilled Lemons And Eggplant With Garlic Sauce

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Lori Loucas


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.


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15 Min
15 Min


  • 1/2
    red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1
  • 3 small
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 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


  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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