Even eggplant skeptics will fall for these 12 tasty eggplant recipes! With tacos, pasta, salads, and more, they include something for everyone.
Grilled Eggplant When I was first learning to cook vegetables, grilled eggplant was one of my favorite things to make. It’s not hard to see why: it’s super easy, and it’s absolutely delicious! Enjoy it as a side dish on its own, or take it to the next level by piling a fresh couscous salad on top.
Grilled Ratatouille Tartines When it’s too hot to stand over a pot of ratatouille on the stove, I make these grilled ratatouille tartines instead! Pair them with your favorite rosé, and your guests (and you) won’t be able to get enough.
Zucchini Lemon Orzo In late summer, I could eat this vibrant orzo pasta every night! It gets its bold, fresh flavor from simple ingredients like lemon, feta cheese, pine nuts, and grilled eggplant and zucchini.
Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplant, page 179 of Love & Lemons Every Day No grill? No worries! You can make this recipe two ways: on the stove and in the oven. In the grilled version, I stir fresh basil and arugula into the bulgur filling, and in the baked version, I smother the stuffed eggplant with crispy panko and pecorino cheese. Both ways are delicious!
Grilled Eggplant Pasta, page 139 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook This grilled veggie pasta is the perfect meal for a slow summer night. It packs a huge punch of flavor, but it comes together in minutes. Grill the veggies while you cook the pasta. Then, toss them with fresh basil, sherry vinegar, and pickled onions for pop! Dinner=solved.
Baked Eggplant Recipes
Cooking eggplant in the oven shows off its versatility. Chop it up and roast it briefly, until it’s golden brown and tender, or bake it whole, until it collapses to the touch. You’ll find both of these approaches in the baked eggplant recipes below.
Eggplant Parmesan My lighter riff on my mom’s classic recipe! Instead of frying the eggplant slices, I bake them with a panko and Parmesan coating. When they’re golden brown and crisp, I layer them with homemade marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil to create a comforting, crave-worthy dish.
Baba Ganoush Nope, that’s not hummus! It’s baba ganoush – a smoky, silky eggplant dip. It’s best enjoyed with fresh pita and crunchy veggies, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself standing at the counter, eating it out of the food processor with a spoon.
Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Sauce You can make these zesty tacos with almost any roasted veggies, but if eggplant’s in season, I always add it. I love how the earthy roasted eggplant contrasts with the bright, tangy tomatillo sauce on top.
Eggplant and Mushroom “Meatballs,” page 141 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook Calling all eggplant skeptics! You can’t detect the eggplant in these veggie balls, but it still contributes to their hearty texture and rich flavor. Make them a meal by stuffing them into vegan meatball subs, or serve them over pasta, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and vegan Parmesan cheese.
Sautéed and Fried Eggplant Recipes
In these easy eggplant recipes, I cook the eggplant on the stove. This way, it absorbs flavor from other ingredients like olive oil, garlic, vinegar, and herbs as it cooks.
Ratatouille No list of eggplant recipes would be complete without ratatouille, a Provençal stew made from eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes. In my recipe, I sauté the veggies on the stove until they soften. Then, I transfer them to the oven, where they melt into a rich and tangy stew that’s fantastic with a drizzle of olive oil and lots of crusty bread.
Eggplant Salad with Roasted Tomatoes This eggplant salad is my ideal summer lunch. It’s light and fresh, but still satisfying, thanks to nutty farro, chickpeas, pan-fried eggplant, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Swap quinoa for the farro to make it gluten-free!
Zucchini Noodle Puttanesca, page 177 of Love & Lemons Every Day Sautéed eggplant acts like a sponge in this bight and briny pasta recipe. As the eggplant cooks, it soaks up flavor from sun-dried tomatoes, capers, olives, and white wine. When you sit down to eat, it’ll be rich, tangy, and tender – make sure to get some in every bite!
More Favorite Summer Recipes
If you love these healthy eggplant recipes, check out these delicious summer recipes next:
- 35 Best Zucchini Recipes
- 50 Fresh Tomato Recipes
- 37 Best Salad Recipes
- 51 Easy Picnic Food Ideas
- 50 Easy Dinner Ideas