Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce Vegetarian | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I absolutely love the flavors in this Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce! It is the perfect vegetarian dish to serve all season long! Fresh herbs, bold flavor, creamy sauce, and the meaty vegetarian filling make this dish a favorite! It’s Whole30-compliant, packed with healthy fats, and a great way to use up all of those fresh herbs and all of the eggplant growing right now!

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

If you are looking for a hearty vegetarian Summer dish perfect for Summer BBQing, this is IT! Think umami flavored hearty ground nuts topped with creamy dreamy herb dressing using a blend of Summer herbs all served over perfectly grilled eggplant = BBQ heaven.

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

The inspiration for this recipe came from Yotom Ottolenghi’s cookbook, “Jerusalem”. He has an eggplant dish where he covers the eggplant in za’tar, baked it and then tops it with a buttermilk sauce! Ever since seeing it, I had to try to make my own dairy-free version with all sorts of fresh summer herbs!

 

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 

If you have ever cooked with baby eggplant before you know that they are not just adorable, but also have a slightly sweet flavor. The combination of the grilled baby eggplant with the savory creamy sauce is perfection. We now want to use this sauce on everything!

 

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The nut crumble won’t make you miss meat at all in this dish. Such a perfect hearty vegetarian side for any Summer BBQ!

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Watch the video:

 

Loaded Grilled Eggplant Creamy Herb Sauce {Vegetarian, dairy-free, BBQ, Summer, gluten-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Want other meatless dishes? Try these favorites:

Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Place dressing in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the ingredients for the nut crumble over low heat. Mix until well combined and toast the nuts until fragrant. About 5-10 minutes. Set mixture aside until ready to serve.
  3. Slice eggplant in half and score the flesh. Brush with olive oil and spices. Be generous with the olive oil and spices in this step. Heat and grease grill or grill-pan. Once hot, place eggplant on the grill, flesh side down. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and soft to touch.
  4. Place Grilled eggplant on desired serving dish. Smear a generous amount of dressing onto each eggplant. Top with nut crumble and herbs. Serve warm!

Recipe Notes

*You can use regular eggplants here, but we find that this tastes best when you use Italian or baby eggplant!

Loading nutrition data...
There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my privacy policy for more information about this, the information we save, and more!

use our hashtag!

I am so excited that you are making a recipe and would love to see how it turns out! Make sure to use the hashtag on social media!

#LEXISCLEANKITCHEN

share this post!

subscribe to the email list!

17 comments on “Loaded Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Herb Sauce

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>