In this quick grilled vegetable side dish recipe, tart sumac lends a slightly fruity but sour flavor. Paired with the garlicky mayo, it's delicious served alongside grilled fish. If you can't find sumac, try using cumin or paprika instead. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

Hilary Meyer


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  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and 1 teaspoon sumac; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl; whisk in mayonnaise.

  • Toss eggplant with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon sumac. Grill the eggplant and lemon wedges, cut-side down, turning once, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes total.

  • Transfer the eggplant to a serving platter. Squeeze the grilled lemon over it. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with the sumac aioli.


Tips: The tart red berries of the Mediterranean sumac bush add fruity, sour flavor to many regional dishes. Find ground sumac in Middle Eastern markets, specialty-food shops and online.

Nutrition Facts

226 calories; 21.1 g total fat; 3.1 g saturated fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 356 mg sodium. 342 mg potassium; 9.1 g carbohydrates; 3.9 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 1.6 g protein; 109 IU vitamin a iu; 6 mg vitamin c; 34 mcg folate; 16 mg calcium; 21 mg magnesium;