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Eggplant's meaty texture is a delicious vegetarian stand-in for the lamb that typically fills a gyro sandwich. The vegetable absorbs the lemony-herby-spicy marinade like a sponge, so if you have time, let it marinate for the full day.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Recipe Summary

40 mins
4 hrs 10 mins


For Serving


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare eggplant: Trim ends off eggplant and cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Place in a colander and toss with 1 teaspoon salt. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Transfer the eggplant to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

  • Meanwhile, whisk oil, 2 tablespoons dill, lemon juice, garlic, coriander, cumin, oregano and piment d'Espelette (or Aleppo) in a small bowl. Rub the marinade on the eggplant. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

  • To prepare tzatziki: Place cucumber on a clean kitchen towel, gather it up and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Place the cucumber in a small bowl and mix in yogurt, dill, garlic, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  • To grill & serve: Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the eggplant, turning once, until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve in pitas with tomato, lettuce, onion and some of the tzatziki.


To make ahead: Marinate eggplant (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich
524 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 53.4g; dietary fiber 10.6g; sugars 11.1g; fat 31.5g; saturated fat 4.9g; cholesterol 4.1mg; vitamin a iu 2545.2IU; vitamin c 16.7mg; folate 110mcg; calcium 94.7mg; iron 3.2mg; magnesium 88.4mg; potassium 805.9mg; sodium 598.8mg.

2 1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 5 1/2 fat