Grilled Eggplant & Summer Squash Salad

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.

Prep Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 medium eggplant (about 11 oz.)

  • 1 medium yellow summer squash (about 8 oz.)

  • 1 medium zucchini (about 10 oz.)

  • ½ cup olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 6 pitted Kalamata olives, finely chopped (2 Tbsp.)

  • 8 large fresh basil leaves


  1. 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.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.

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

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

161 Calories
15g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1/2 cup (about 4 slices)
Calories 161
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 149IU 3%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 25mcg 6%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 267mg 6%

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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