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12 Eggplant Recipes That Will Make You a Fan for Life

Discover the versatile and delicious world of eggplant with these 12 irresistible recipes that will turn anyone into a lifelong fan. From hearty mains to delightful appetizers, these dishes showcase eggplant’s unique ability to absorb flavors and elevate your meals. Whether you’re a seasoned eggplant enthusiast or a curious newcomer, these recipes are sure to impress and satisfy your taste buds.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush
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Baba Ganoush is a dish made by pureeing eggplant with herbs and spices to create a unique dip or spread. Similar to hummus, baba ganoush is delicious on sandwiches, eggs, or with vegetables.

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Easy Ratatouille Recipe

Easy Ratatouille Recipe
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This Easy Ratatouille Recipe is made with fresh vegetables layered in a pattern and then baked. It is a straightforward recipe with gorgeous presentation, and is also vegetarian and vegan! Try this recipe if you want to experience true French cuisine.

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Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta
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Baingan bharta is THE eggplant dish that will make you fall in love with eggplant! It’s a smoky eggplant mash mixed with a flavorful blend of garlic, ginger, spices, and tomatoes. Choose from the traditional method for the best results—smoking whole eggplants on an open flame—or the sauté method for something a little easier.

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Mediterranean Eggplant Salad

Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
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Mediterranean Eggplant Salad mixes grilled eggplant with fresh tomatoes, mint, parsley, green onion, bell pepper and tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar and crushed red pepper. This is the perfect side salad for a summer BBQ or to pair with grilled chicken or fish.

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Eggplant Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Eggplant Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwich 
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This eggplant spinach grilled cheese sandwich draws on Greek flavors for a deliciously cheesy vegetarian grilled cheese. It’s hearty and filling, but without feeling too heavy since it’s veggie-packed too!

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Easy Penne Alla Norma (Eggplant Pasta)

Easy Penne Alla Norma (Eggplant Pasta)
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This Penne Alla Norma is a plant-based spin on the classic Sicilian dish! Tender eggplant and red peppers simmered in a homemade tomato sauce, then tossed with al dente pasta. It’s the perfect weeknight meal any day of the week!

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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
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Crispy baked eggplant layered with your favorite marinara sauce and easy vegan mozzarella cheese, this Vegan Eggplant Parmesan is the BEST way to eat eggplant.

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Eggplant Hummus

Eggplant Hummus
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As an ultra fan of hummus, I proclaim this roasted eggplant hummus the second-best thing. You can char or bake the whole eggplant which gives it a smoky, deep flavor that is just fabulous! Ready in 45 minutes, it’s a flavorful and healthy dip recipe!

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Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad
Photo Credit: Veggies Save the Day.

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad features tomatoes, pine nuts, and fresh basil in a simple vinaigrette. It’s made with thin, quick-cooking Japanese eggplant that are grilled to bring out their sweet flavor. Easy to prepare in under half an hour, this hearty summer salad is perfect for picnics, barbecues, and delicious meals any day of the week.

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Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant
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This Grilled Eggplant is simple yet so delicious. Lightly charred and drizzled with homemade balsamic dressing, this elegant dish can be served as an appetizer or part of the main course.

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Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant

Crispy Air Fryer Eggplant
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This simply seasoned air fryer eggplant comes out crispy and delicious. It’s an easy side dish everyone will absolutely love and goes with almost any main course.

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SMOKY EGGPLANT VEGAN CHILI

SMOKY EGGPLANT VEGAN CHILI
Photo Credit: The Family Food Kitchen.

This Smoky Eggplant Vegan Chili is simple comfort food at its best. My plant based chili is simple to cook from scratch, meat free, yet hearty enough for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just bored of ground beef, this gluten and dairy free ‘chile non carne’ is the perfect midweek meal!

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