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Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette

This week we bring you a simple recipe for the grill, using the delicious zucchini and eggplant that are featured at markets right now. This recipe also features fresh basil; consider picking some basil plant starts up at market so you can always have fresh basil on hand in the coming weeks.



  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped, or 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 lb.), cut crosswise into 3/4-in.-thick slices
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), halved crosswise and cut lengthwise into 3/4-in.- thick slices


Preheat grill to medium (400°F). Combine the shallot and red wine vinegar in the bowl of a mini food processor. Let stand 5 minutes. Add the honey, basil, and 1/4 cup of the olive oil, and process until mixture is thickened, about 10 seconds. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.

Brush eggplant and zucchini slices with remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill eggplant and zucchini slices, cover with grill lid, until slightly charred and tender, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter. Spoon 1/2 cup vinaigrette over vegetables.

Yields: 4 servings

This recipe is adapted from


Crescent Fund: Hurricane Ida Relief Fund

When tragedy strikes Crescent City Farmers Market vendors and disrupts our local food system, Market Umbrella's Crescent Fund has historically operated to collect donations from market friends and supporters to provide immediate, direct relief to our vendors.

In light of the extensive damage sustained by local farms, fishing boats, and other infrastructure needed to operate these small, local food producing businesses due to Hurricane Ida, Market Umbrella has reignited the Crescent Fund. All donations made to this fund will go directly to the farmers, fishers, ranchers, and food producers of the Crescent City Farmers Market community so that they can return to market with your favorite products as soon as possible. Please, donate today!

Your gift would be an investment in the future of New Orleans local food system, getting vendors back to market so that we can continue facilitating access to fresh, nutritious food for the New Orleans community, including low-income shoppers who depend on our programs like Market Match and Market Mommas Club.

Market Match Limit Lifted!

Market MatchUnlimited Market Match, Market Umbrella's SNAP incentive program, extended through December 31, 2021!

About Us

Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.