The homemade balsamic reduction is the key to this healthy grilled eggplant and summer squash salad. It's easy to make but watch the vinegar as it reduces; it can burn easily. If you have any left over, drizzle it on strawberries.

Beth Lipton
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019




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  • Place vinegar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally and watching carefully to prevent burning, until syrupy and reduced to about 2 Tbsp., 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

  • Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Slice eggplant, yellow squash, and zucchini diagonally into 1/4-inch slices. Toss with 7 Tbsp. oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

  • Grill the vegetables until tender and grill-marked, 2 to 5 minutes per side. Arrange on a platter.

  • Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and the reserved balsamic syrup. Top with olives and basil.


To make ahead: Cover balsamic drizzle (Step 1) and hold at room temperature for up to 1 day. Refrigerate vegetables for up to 1 day.

Equipment: Charcoal or gas grill

Nutrition Facts

161 calories; protein 1.2g 2% DV; carbohydrates 7.3g 2% DV; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 5g; fat 14.5g 22% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 149.2IU 3% DV; vitamin c 11.5mg 19% DV; folate 24.7mcg 6% DV; calcium 18.6mg 2% DV; iron 0.5mg 3% DV; magnesium 18.2mg 7% DV; potassium 266.7mg 8% DV; sodium 125.7mg 5% DV.