A Fresh Spin on a French Classic

7.22 grilled ratatouille saladWe are going to continue to improve your summer cookouts with a tasty dish that takes minutes to prep and cook.

Ratatouille is a traditional French Dish that is typical served out of the oven and consists of eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers.  It pairs great with any protein you may be grilling up at the time and is also a well-rounded vegetarian dish as an excellent source of fats, carbs, and fiber.

While most of us are thinking about the beloved Disney movie every time we hear the name of the dish, I assure you there are no rats necessary to grill this refreshingly simple salad up!

Fire up that grill, it’s time to cook.


1 small eggplant
Kosher salt
3 medium tomatoes
1 medium zucchini
1 medium red bell pepper
1 small red onion
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

Slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Soak in a bowl of lightly salted water, 15 to 20 minutes; drain and squeeze out the excess moisture.

Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Stem and seed the bell pepper; slice the pepper and onion into 1/2-inch-thick rings.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Brush the vegetables with the olive oil on both sides and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Grill the vegetables (in batches if necessary), turning, until soft and marked, about 6 minutes for the tomatoes, 7 to 8 minutes for the bell pepper, onion and zucchini, and about 10 minutes for the eggplant. Let cool.

Drizzle the vegetables with the vinegar. Divide the zucchini and eggplant among plates and arrange in a circle, overlapping slightly. Top with the bell pepper, tomato and onion. Sprinkle with the basil.

This recipe was originally created by Ellie Krueger for Food Network. Each serving maxes out at around 150 calories, 11g of fat (Saturated 2g), 5g of fiber, 12g of carbohydrates and 4g of protein. It’s a great source of good fats and carbs making it great snack before a your workout.

And it’s definitely a hit at the cookouts..

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Kyle DeMarco
Fitness Life Correspondent


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