Grilled Eggplant with Pesto & Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Smoky, charred veggies smothered in herby and tangy sauces is basically what summer dreams are made of. Grilled Eggplant with Pesto & Tahini Yogurt Sauce is a dream come true!

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There’s not much more I need in the summer than a little sunshine and some grilled veggies. It’s something about the heat and the smell and the fresh air. It just gets me. Some of our grill staples include zucchini, green beans, corn, and tofu. Our go-to’s. But it’s not often we toss on something more wild and… purple.

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Cooking eggplant on the grill may have forever changed my perspective on the sometimes-mushy globes. Eggplant parmesan can be greasy or soggy and ratatouille is really all about the tomatoes. Baba ganoush is delicious but I just can’t make it as well as Brassica… But I think I’ve finally cracked the code! Grill. all. the. things!

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I’ve had the best luck with long, thin eggplants, as opposed to the larger round ones. They have fewer seeds and flesh, making them less bitter and much firmer. I believe they’re sometimes called Chinese eggplants, but they’re all over my farmers market right now. Next on my eggplant bucket list (oh wow, how did we get here?) are fairy tale eggplants. Just precious.

Side note: why must people make dirty jokes out of the eggplant emoji?! What did that poor little plant ever do to them?? Don’t they know some people want to use it for it’s true form as a deliciously tender and mild vegetable???

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Anywho… Let’s talk about the most important part of any recipe. The sauce. I’m a self-proclaimed sauce whore so you know I’m smothering every bite of eggplant with more than a dainty drizzle. The combination of herby pesto and creamy yogurt is everything. I made my own homemade pesto but you sure don’t have to. But you mussssst make the yogurt sauce.

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I’ve been using yogurt in more savory recipes and I’m a big fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love some parfait action, but yogurt brings such a welcome tang and creaminess to dinnertime dishes. I use Silk plain soy yogurt because I can buy it in a 24oz. tub. If you’re not against dairy, use whatever plain brand floats your boat.

Grilled Eggplant with Pesto & Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Smoky, charred veggies smothered in herby and tangy sauces is basically what summer dreams are made of. Grilled Eggplant with Pesto & Tahini Yogurt Sauce is a dream come true!

Ingredients

  • 6-7 long, thin eggplants (or 2-3 larger ones)
  • 2 Tbs. avocado oil (or other high-heat oil)
  • Pesto, like my homemade
  • Fresh mint
  • Yogurt Sauce
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely minced
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat, making sure the grate are cleaned and oiled.
  2. Slice each eggplant in half lengthways and sprinkle with salt. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then blot them dry. Brush with oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook the eggplant on the hot grill cut side-down for 4-5 minutes and check to make sure they are well charred. Flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes. Remove to a plate and season again with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, make the sauce by adding ingredients to a small bowl or jar and whisking well to combine.
  5. To serve, dollop pesto on eggplant, drizzle with yogurt sauce, and garnish with mint leaves.
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