I love Greek food, so I often recreate my Greek grandma's recipes like her grilled eggplant sandwich. Most kids aren't fond of eggplant, but I quickly learned to appreciate eggplant when you grow up Greek. My grilled eggplant sandwich recipe is healthier than grandma used to make, but it tastes just as delicious.
On Sundays, my grandparents took my sister and me to Greektown, in Detroit, for the best Greek food I've ever eaten. In fact, before moving to Arizona, we spent many weekends visiting my favorite Greek restaurants as an adult.
Because I love Greek food and all the flavors and spices from my childhood, I enjoy making healthy Greek food for my family to enjoy.
Tonight, I decided to use grilled eggplant as the 'meat' for my sandwich recipe. Eggplant has a great texture when prepared correctly.
How to marinate and grill eggplant for the grilled eggplant sandwich
First, slice the eggplant evenly into equal-sized slices. Next, I used my Mandolin Slicer to make uniform slices; then, I salted the pieces to take out the bitterness of the eggplant. Then, I flipped it over and salted the other side.
Although many people skip this step, I think it helps bring out the buttery taste of the eggplant while removing some of the water.
After about 30 minutes, rinse the eggplant. Then, marinated it in lemon, garlic, and some Greek spices.
Once marinated, grill the eggplant slices on a 375-degree grill. Even though I often use grilled mats, I prefer to cook eggplant directly on the grill for the beautiful grill marks. It takes about 4 minutes per side, on low heat.
How to make a grilled eggplant sandwich
Grilled Eggplant Sandwich Recipe Ingredients
- Whole-grain Hoagie buns
- Lemon juice
- Pickled red onions or raw red onions
- Tofu feta cheese
- Romaine lettuce
Lemony Tahini Dressing
To complement the marinated grilled eggplant, I made a lemony tahini sauce.
- Garlic cloves
- Sea salt
- Tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste)
- Fresh lemon juice
Fat-free sauce substitution
But, if you are looking for a different sauce without tahini, I suggest using oil-free hummus instead. One way to make hummus similar to a sauce, add a little lemon juice and red wine vinegar to an oil0free hummus. Then, whisk together, and it thins it perfectly for an oil-free sauce option.
What is a substitute for eggplant?
- If you don't like eggplant, try portobello mushrooms marinated and grilled the same way. YUM!
What can you add to an eggplant sandwich?
- For a peppery taste, substitute arugula for the Romaine lettuce. Spinach is another excellent addition to the sandwich. I also like dill pickles for a tangy addition.
What to serve with an eggplant sandwich?
- I served Crispy Air Fryer Steak Fries With Sriracha Ketchup, but I also suggest Mediterranean Salad with Chickpeas, Greek Orzo Salad, Mediterranean Couscous Salad, or Greek Potato Salad.
- Marinating and grilling the eggplant slices in advance saves time. Just marinate, grill, and refrigerate the eggplant slices in the leftover marinade for extra flavor. When it's time to make the grilled eggplant sandwich, reheat it when broiling the bread in the oven.
- If you don't want a break sandwich, try a wrap, collard green, or large Romaine lettuce leaf and add the same sandwich ingredients.
- Instead of tahini dressing, thin out some oil-free hummus with a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice and red wine vinegar. Whisk and use as a sauce substitution.
- Complement the grilled eggplant sandwich recipe by adding a salad with Mediterranean flavors and spices.
Do you love Mediterranean food? Try these incredible tasty vegan recipes
- Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich
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- Tzatziki (Vegan Greek Yogurt Sauce)
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂