Grilled Eggplant in Pomegranate Dressing
This sweet-tart pomegranate dressing is delicious on smoky grilled eggplant. You can also try it with grilled squash.
- 3 small eggplants (about 2 1/4 pounds) cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
- 1 1/3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 teaspoons coarse salt
- 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 cup shredded fresh mint
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Preheat grill to medium-low. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 7 seconds.) Brush eggplant wedges on all sides with 2/3 cup oil, and season with 1 teaspoon salt.
Place eggplant on grill rack in a single layer. Cover grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until softened and lightly charred, about 8 minutes total.
Meanwhile, whisk together molasses, lemon juice, garlic, mint, remaining 2 teaspoons salt, the pepper, and remaining 2/3 cup oil. Add warm eggplant, and toss.