Gluten Free Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Goat Cheese Relish

Gluten Free Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Goat Cheese Relish Recipe

As much as I complain about moving to Florida, there is always one thing that knocks some appreciation into me – the weather this time of year.

Left to my own devises, I would be pretty clueless as to the climatic conditions anywhere past my front yard. My husband however, is a Weather Channel junkie. Seriously. It can start to rain outside and the guy runs to the T.V. and clicks on the Weather Channel. Honestly, can’t he just look outside the window and see that it is raining?

Anyway, it seems that the rest of the country is not really blessed with 80 degree weather this time of year, huh? Who knew it could be cold and snowy and dismal elsewhere when here it is sunny and warm and glorious?

This glorious weather feels like summer so I needed a summer dish to celebrate.

One of my favorite foods in eating gluten free is eggplant. I substitute noodles with grilled eggplant in my lasagna. I slice and grill Japanese eggplants and top them with anything one would normally top them with (Bruschetta) and I use grilled eggplant as a base for little gluten free pizzas. If you are going gluten free, trust me when I say embrace the eggplant!

I usually grill eggplant on top of the stove in a grill pan but you can grill them on a barbeque or broil under a hot broiler if you don’t have a grill pan.

Serve with a salad of arugula lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil for a great lunch or light dinner.

5 from 1 vote
Gluten Free Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Goat Cheese Relish
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Gluten Free Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Goat Cheese Relish Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings approximately
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 medium eggplants
  • ¼ cup olive oil plus more for brushing eggplant
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 large tomatoes – seeded and chopped
  • 1 small sweet white onion or red onion – chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup basil leaves - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferable Greek oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  • Combine chopped tomatoes and onions with a big pinch or two of salt, a big pinch of pepper, ¼ cup olive oil, basil, oregano and balsamic vinegar. Let marinate for a few minutes to meld the flavors. Meanwhile, prepare the eggplant.
  • Cut ends off eggplants and slice ½ inch thick. Heat a grill pan over high heat until hot or heat grill until hot. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill eggplant slices about 4 or 5 minutes until you get nice grill marks and the slices are golden brown. Turn over and cook until eggplant is softened and cooked through until about 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Just before serving, crumble the goat cheese into the tomato mixture and mix gently to combine. With a large slotted spoon, top each grilled eggplant slice with a spoonful of the tomato goat cheese mixture.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Goat Cheese Relish Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 570mg16%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Naomi Devlin
    March 5, 2008

    OOh, these look yummy – I was just trying tonwork out what to make for adopt a blogger and I think this may be it – even though aubergines are most definately not in season here.

    We had a thick frost this morning and I hear it’s snowing in the next county (that’s just around the corner to Americans). It looks sunny, but I know as soon as I step out the door it will be bitingly cold.

    I need grilled aubergine, basil, tomatoes…..sunshine….

    x x x

  2. bookbabie
    March 5, 2008

    I love goat cheese and easy recipes so this one’s right up my alley. Florida? Wish I was there, we just had six inches of snow, my husband and I are moping around hoping the other one will go snowblow the driveway. Oooh, I think I just heard the back door open and close, yay!

  3. Vittoria
    March 7, 2008

    your photos and recipes look great! I review gluten free products, dinning, shopping, and post the occasional recipe.

  4. Karina
    March 9, 2008

    How I miss goat cheese! These gems look so tempting and delicious. Yum.

  5. Katya
    April 24, 2008

    MMMMM this was delicious, I feel like grilled eggplant has replaced crackers and bread in so many things (yesterday, I had a cheesburger and swapped the bun for eggplant slices– I didn’t mind the mess)

  6. Dana aka Gluten Free In Cleveland
    March 12, 2009

    This dish combines all of my favorite foods. Really. Even though I just had dinner (and had grilled eggplant with lunch) this picture is making me a little hungry.

    Lovely post – and so jealous of your lovely weather.

  7. Tamara Terni
    October 12, 2015

    I am an eggplant junkie myself lol. Thanks for these great recipe’s eggplant is hearty and can even substitute a meat in my book.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      October 13, 2015

      You’re welcome Tamara! I agree with you! xo, Carol

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