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Chargrilled Eggplant with Sweet Miso Dressing and Quinoa Recipe

Chargrilled Eggplant with Sweet Miso Dressing and Quinoa

Credit: Christie Connelly

Eggplant and miso are a match made in heaven and no more so than when the eggplant is charred and smoky. Make this a more substantial meal by wrapping in flatbread and eating kebab style. You’ll never miss the meat!

Serves: 4 as an entrée



  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 large eggplant
  • ¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  1. Place quinoa in small saucepan with 1 cup of cold water over medium heat. Bring to boil, cover with lid and bring heat down to lowest setting. Leave to simmer for 15 mins without lifting lid. Take off heat and leave lid on for 5 mins more.
  2. Meanwhile, slice eggplant in half lengthwise and cut into thin half-moons about a quarter of a centimetre thick. Add to large mixing bowl, pour over olive oil and season with salt. Mix to coat eggplant in oil - it's best to use hands and gently massage it in.
  3. Heat barbecue or grill pan on high and cook eggplant slices in batches for 2 mins on each side, until tender and charred. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Whisk together dressing ingredients and set aside.
  5. To serve, layer quinoa and eggplant on large serving platter or individual plates. Spoon over dressing then scatter over coriander, sesame seeds and chives.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.