Grilled Eggplant is a great healthy meal and makes a perfect summer dish! It’s light, healthy, lactose free, and pleasantly filling—great as a side or on its own! It only takes a couple minutes to prep the eggplant with oil and fresh herbs. Then toss it on the grill and fire it up alongside chicken or kabobs. Once the eggplant has been browned and is nice and tender, top it off with 4 ounces of Cabot Sharp Cheddar to add some cheesy, melty goodness. Fresh diced tomatoes complement the smoky spices and eggplant. If you want exciting new grilled eggplant recipes, this dish is a must try! Please rate and review the dish to share your thoughts and feedback!
Grilled eggplant recipes never get old with veggie lovers. Whether you want to try something entirely new or want a fresh variation on a family favorite, this recipe has something for everyone! You can feel good about what you’re serving, as this dish makes a great healthy meal. It’s hearty without being too filling and light enough for a summer picnic. Serve it up and watch it fly off the plate.
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2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or thyme
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large eggplant (1½ pounds total)
4 ounces Cabot Sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)
1 cup diced vine-ripened tomatoes
Get the ingredients you need at a convenient nearby location.
CHOP garlic; sprinkle with salt and mash into puree with blade of knife held sideways. Scrape garlic-salt mixture into small bowl.
ADD oil, oregano and pepper and stir until garlic-salt mixture is well blended.
PREHEAT gas or charcoal grill to medium.
CUT off and discard thin lengthwise slice from each side of eggplant; cut remaining eggplant lengthwise into about six slices, each about ½-inch thick. Brush both sides of slices with some of oil mixture, scooping up solids and using it all.
GRILL until browned on both sides and very tender all the way to center, 5 to 8 minutes per side.
SPRINKLE half of eggplant slices with some of cheese, then tomato; top each with another eggplant slice, pressing it into place.
TRANSFER to serving dish with metal spatula; cut each slice in half crosswise. Serve warm.
I love eggplant! Your idea for a bread substitute – it’s amazing and delicious!
Great recipe — thank you! The sharp cheddar cheese really brings out the flavor. FYI, I added some balsamic dressing (1/8 cup?) into the marinade; it added a great taste to the eggplant.
This was so delicious. The eggplant worked well as a bread substitute and it still held together nicely for finger food. Will definitely make again.
Made this the other night, very nice dish. I definitely would peel the eggplant before I made it again
I love Eggplant!
Tried this recipe today for a BBQ with my family. Very delicious! I had no leftovers!
I thought it was a wonderful side to grilled chicken. Next time I will peel it first, The family didn’t care for the skin…
Fabulous! Very tasty and so much easier and faster to make than eggplant parm.
A wonderful summer dish! The warm eggplant brings out the flavor of the cheddar (we used Seriously Sharp) and the cool tomatoes to the warmth of the cheddar is a nice contradiction in your mouth! 🙂 PS. This is not a heavy meal but it is satisfyingly filling.