Eggplant does not always have the most pleasing flavor, and let's just admit it, when it gets mushy it gets just plain gross. I have been trying out different recipes this summer with our eggplants, even slicing it super thin and using it as layers in a lasagna. The lasagna was ok, but the texture of the eggplant was so-so, and despite salting it some pieces still had a bitter taste. So far eggplant parmesan is really the only way we really enjoy it, and I would still rather make zucchini parmesan.
But OH.MY.GOODNESS char-grilled eggplant was amazing. I grilled up some eggplant, zucchini, and portobello mushrooms and topped it with my regular staple lentil salad. This idea was supremely better than putting it on top of spinach.
So go ahead, try lentil salad on top of some grilled eggplant, and maybe even learn to like eggplant a bit more ;)