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Taking time and care with each component—like getting a nice char on the eggplant—is the secret to this standout sandwich.

Photo: Caitlin Bensel


  • 1 Japanese eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

  • teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

  • cup pitted kalamata olives plus 1 tsp. olive brine

  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices seeded whole-grain bread

  • ½ cup hummus

  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, sliced

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced

  • 2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups arugula


  1. Season eggplant with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Generously coat with cooking spray. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high. Working in batches, add eggplant, cut sides down, to pan, and grill 2 to 3 minutes, turning 1 or 2 times. Transfer to a plate; let cool.

  2. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard and horseradish in a small bowl. Set aside. Using a small food processor, whirl the olives and brine into a spreadable puree.

  3. Grill bread directly over a medium flame, turning often, about 1 minute to slightly char the surface and impart a bit of smokiness. Let cool briefly.

  4. Spread about 2 tablespoons hummus on each of 4 bread slices, and top evenly with eggplant, olive puree, roasted red pepper, avocado, tomato, cucumber and arugula. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture on each of the remaining 4 bread slices. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper and top the sandwiches. If you like, add a little more arugula for bite. Serve sandwiches whole or cut in half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

421 Calories
39g Fat
48g Carbs
13g Protein

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Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

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