Eggplant is a hearty vegetable, and it holds up very well when done on the grill. It’s perfect sliced, drizzled with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, and then grilled and served alongside whatever meat your grilling. But, it’s also perfect as a substitute for meat. These recipes all call for grilled eggplant, and when served with a variety of other meatless side dishes, they make a satisfying meal.

Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad – I’m not sure I would call this a salad. Grilled eggplant gets some herbs, pine nuts and goat cheese piled on top, but whatever it should technically be called, it looks delicious.

Grilled Eggplant Panini – Grilled eggplant, other fresh summer vegetables get topped with cheese and placed between bread toasted on the grill.

baked eggplant boats Slice an eggplant lengthwise and stuff it with a variety of vegetables and cheese. (Photo: Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock)

Grilled Stuffed Eggplant – Eggplant boats are stuffed with tomatoes, breadcrumbs, a little Parmesan cheese, and some herbs and spices, then grilled to a golden crisp.

Eggplant and yellow pepper dip – This recipe calls for the vegetables to be roasted, but you could just as easily throw them on the grill. It’s a good dip for vegetables, pita or crackers.

How do you serve grilled eggplant?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

4 recipes for grilled eggplant
Eggplant season is here, and when grilled this vegetable is meaty enough to satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike.