Grilled Green and Yellow Squash and Eggplant Salad with Basil Dressing

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

Serves 6

Zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant take well to assertive seasonings, including the smoky flavor of the grill. Basil and garlic also contribute to the overall effect in this robust salad, a perfect summer side dish.


  • For the Vegetables:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 3 medium yellow squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium eggplant, quartered lengthwise
  • One 1-inch-thick slice of large red onion
  • For the Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves



Light a charcoal fire and let it burn down to medium-hot or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. Position a grill rack about 6 inches above the heat source. On a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle oil over the zucchini, squash, eggplant and onion slice. Toss to coat evenly.

Lay the vegetables on the rack. Cover and grill, turning the vegetables several times, until well-marked and becoming tender, about 8 minutes for zucchini and squash, about 10 minutes for eggplant, and about 15 minutes for onion. Transfer to a cutting board; cool to room temperature.


In food processor, combine the vinegar, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. With motor running, gradually add oil through the feed tube, blending until the dressing thickens.

Cut the zucchini, squash and eggplant into bite-size pieces. Coarsely chop the onion.

Combine the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss. Add the basil and toss again. Adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately.

Recipe created exclusively for by Michael McLaughlin.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4042

nutrition information per serving

304 calories; 22g total fat; 0mg cholesterol; 15mg sodium; 22g carbohydrates; 12g fiber; 7g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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