Grilled Baby Eggplant Agrodolce


In this vegetable side dish, the Italian sauce agrodolce translates to sour ("agro") and sweet ("dolce"). Pro tip: It's as delicious on grilled summer vegetables as it is on bitter greens and roasted winter squash. Here, grilled eggplant acts like a sponge, soaking in that addictive sweet-sour sauce as it rests. No baby eggplant? No problem. Cut large eggplant into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
5 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds baby eggplant, halved

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ cup red-wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush eggplant with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, vinegar, honey, raisins, garlic and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, discard the garlic and cover.

  3. Grill the eggplant, turning once, until softened and lightly charred, 6 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle the agrodolce over the eggplant and toss to coat. Sprinkle with mint.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

192 Calories
12g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 192
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 17g
Added Sugars 10g 20%
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 153IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 4mcg 1%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 370mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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