Grilled Eggplant Pita Sandwiches with Yogurt-Garlic Spread

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
This sandwich is also delicious cold the next day for lunch—to prevent the pita from getting soggy, don't assemble until you're ready to eat. We like thick, tangy Greek-style yogurt in this dish.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 2 pita halves)

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Recipe Time

Total: 48 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 311
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 12.7 g
Carbohydrate 50.6 g
Fiber 9.2 g
Cholesterol 1.7 mg
Iron 3.5 mg
Sodium 697 mg
Calcium 117 mg

Ingredients

2 (1-pound) eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup plain reduced-fat Greek-style yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Cooking spray
4 (6-inch) pitas, cut in half
2 cups arugula

Preparation

1. Place eggplant slices in a colander; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt. Toss well. Drain 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly; pat dry with paper towels.

2. Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, yogurt, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl.

3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

4. Brush eggplant and onion slices with oil. Place eggplant and onion slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned.

5. Fill each pita half with 1 1/2 tablespoons yogurt mixture, one quarter of eggplant slices, one quarter of onion slices, and 1/4 cup arugula.

Note:

Dina Guillen,

August 2010