Grilled Eggplant with Mint Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 eggplants (1 pound each), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices

Kosher salt

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lemon

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint, plus small leaves for garnish

Small square feta cheese, for shaving

Directions

  1. Lay the eggplant slices in a single layer on 2 baking sheets and sprinkle both sides with salt. Set aside about 30 minutes, or until moisture beads on top of the eggplant.
  2. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Rinse the eggplant to remove the excess salt and pat dry. Brush the eggplant slices with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, coating both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Working in batches, grill the eggplant about 5 minutes per side, or until char marks form and the eggplant is very tender. Transfer to a platter as you finish each batch.
  3. Meanwhile, grate the zest of the lemon into a small bowl. Halve the lemon and squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice into the bowl. Whisk in the vinegar, shallots, chopped mint and the remaining 5 tablespoons oil. Season the vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the vinaigrette over the grilled eggplant and sprinkle with the mint leaves. Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin slices of feta cheese over the eggplant. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.