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Grilled Eggplant Rollatini with Lemon Tahini Sauce Recipe

Eggplant Parmesan is a favorite dish for many, but if that’s your only experience with eggplant, you’re missing out!

This nightshade veggie, easily recognized by its shape and shiny purple skin, has a rich, hearty texture that makes it a great substitute for meat. Whether roasted, baked, or sautéed, eggplant can be the perfect complement to any number of recipes – from ratatouille to soups, stews, and curries. And with nutrients like potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C, eggplant supports heart health and can help prevent certain diseases.

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini with Lemon Tahini Sauce

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Recipe by Kate Veltkamp


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Food blogger and plant-based chef Kate Veltkamp shares her recipe for grilled eggplant rollatini with lemon tahini sauce.


  • For the rollatini:
  • 2

    Italian eggplants, sliced lengthwise into strips

  • Olive oil, for grilling

  • 1 ½ cups

    vegetable broth

  • 1 cup

    Israeli couscous

  • ½

    onion, diced

  • 1 clove

    garlic, minced

  • ½

    vine-ripened tomato, diced

  • ½ cup

    vegan feta cheese (optional)

  • Juice of 1 large lemon

  • ¼ cup

    kale, finely chopped

  • 1 Tbsp.

    fresh basil, finely chopped

  • 1 Tbsp.

    fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • For the lemon tahini sauce:
  • ¼ cup


  • Juice of 1 medium lemon

  • 2 tsp.

    maple syrup

  • ½ tsp.

    garlic powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 Tbsp.

    water to thin


  • To reduce the bitterness of the eggplant, cover slices in salt and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes. Before grilling, wipe down with a napkin to remove salt and bitter liquid. 

  • Brush a small amount of olive oil on each eggplant slice and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate. 

  • Meanwhile, bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Reduce to a simmer and add couscous, cooking and occasionally stirring for about 8 more minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the remainder of the rollatini ingredients.  

  • Lay out an eggplant slice and spoon some couscous onto the end closest to you. Roll the slice away from you and tuck under. Repeat with remaining slices. 

  • Whisk together all tahini sauce ingredients and taste to see if it needs any adjustments. Drizzle over the top of the completed rollatini. Garnish with any leftover basil before serving.

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    Signal Mountain resident Kate Veltkamp is a food blogger and plant-based chef. She teaches cooking classes locally and online and is passionate about making vegan food for her family and community. Click here to check out Kate’s food blog!

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