Grilled Fattoush With Za’atar Eggplant
photo by Rick M.
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- 3 tablespoons za'atar spice mix
- 4 garlic cloves, finely grated
- 1 1⁄4 cups extra virgin olive oil
- 2 lbs mixed eggplants, such as Italian, Japanese, Graffiti and or or Fairy Tale, halved (or quartered if large) lengthwise
- 1 large red onion, sliced into rounds
- 24 inches pita bread
- kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 3⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 2 lbs small mixed heirloom tomatoes, halved, or cut into wedges if large
- 8 ounces Greek feta cheese, broken into large pieces
- 2 large Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup pitted kalamata olive
- 1⁄2 cup torn basil leaves
- 1⁄4 cup dill sprigs
- vegetable oil (for brushing)
- Whisk za’atar, garlic, and oil in a small bowl. Generously brush eggplant, onions and pita with za’atar oil. Season with salt and pepper; reserve remaining oil for dressing.
- Prepare a grill for high heat; thoroughly clean grates and brush with oil.
- Grill eggplant, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on all sides but just tender, about 3 minutes per side. Grill onion and pita, tuning once, until lightly charred on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool. Cut large eggplant into bite-sized pieces and tear pita into large strips. Set aside until ready to assemble.
- Whisk lemon juice, honey, zest, 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and remaining za’atar oil until completely combined.
- Arrange eggplant, onion, pita, tomatoes, feta, cucumber and olives on a large platter. Drizzle dressing over top and generously coat the eggplant. Top with basil leaves and dill sprigs.
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