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15 Savory Vegan Eggplant Recipes


Eggplant is one of those foods that is pretty polarizing. It seems like most people either love it or hate it – you’ll rarely find someone who’s neutral about it. Whatever side of the spectrum you fall on (or if you’re one of those rare individuals who doesn’t feel strongly about the purple nightshade), you will really love these recipes. There are so many different ways to season eggplant and work with its texture. Give some of these delicious vegan eggplant recipes a try – you’re sure to find at least one that you love!

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1. Eggplant Rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini

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Eggplant is roasted and then stuffed with tofu ricotta and baked in red sauce for a hearty and decadent meal. Maggie Wescott‘s Eggplant Rollatini is delicious!

2. Braised Harissa Eggplant and Greens

Braised Harissa Eggplant and Greens

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There’s a brief period between summer and fall where it seems that just about every fruit and vegetable is available in abundance at the farmers’ market. This Braised Harissa Eggplant and Greens by Sheela Prakash celebrates the seasonal overlap when tomatoes are still ruby red, deep purple orbs of eggplant are taut and smooth, and dark, leafy greens arrive in bunches. It’s just the thing to make when the weather starts to turn and your craving for cool, crisp salads is replaced by warmer, spicier things. If you’re the type that likes to squirrel away good things to uncover in the depths of winter, this is a wise one to double batch and freeze so you can reach for it when nothing but potatoes and onions seem to prevail.

3. Moussaka with Eggplant and Lentils

Moussaka with Eggplant and Lentils

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For those who aren’t familiar with moussaka, some compare it to a Greek version of lasagna. The difference is that you use loads of fresh sliced vegetables to replace the noodles. Moussaka is a really nice comfort food of Mediterranean cuisine, and if you love Mediterranean food then this Moussaka with Eggplant and Lentils by Nikki and Zuzana is a must.

4. Marinated Eggplant with Capers and Mint

Vegan Marinated Eggplant

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Marinated eggplant is a classic Greek dish popular for sharing. It has a surprisingly creamy texture and a deep yet tangy flavor. This Marinated Eggplant with Capers and Mint by America’s Test Kitchen is an easy recipe that would keep the eggplant in the spotlight, with a complimentary, brightly flavored marinade.

5. Indian Spiced Mushroom and Eggplant Curry

Indian Spiced Mushroom and Eggplant Curry

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Mushrooms and eggplant create a great start for a dish that is clean, creamy, and wonderfully satisfying. This Indian Spiced Mushroom and Eggplant Curry by Nikki and Zuzana is the perfect gateway meal to help those progressing from a meat-eating diet to a plant-based one.

6. Eggplant Burger

Eggplant Burger [Vegan]

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This Eggplant Burger by Nikki Haney is one of the best veggie burgers of all time! They are savory, filling and addictive. Packed full of protein and vitamins, you’ll feel great about eating these eggplant burgers. Above all else, they are delicious! Top your eggplant burger with tahini sauce, hummus, and dill pickles for a delicious combination of flavors!

7. Pulled Eggplant Dip

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For anyone who loves eggplant, this Pulled Eggplant Dip by Ella Woodward is for you. The mixture of sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, tahini, almond butter, pine nuts, and parsley makes this so delicious. The maple syrup gives it a hint of sweetness but if you’d prefer it savory, just omit it. The dip tastes amazing with just about anything. You can make double quantities so that you can use the leftovers later in the week.

8. Chickpea and Lentil Stuffed Eggplant

Chickpea and Lentil Stuffed Eggplant

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This Chickpea and Lentil Stuffed Eggplant by Bila is the ultimate comfort meal! The perfectly done eggplant is the perfect vessel for these wonderfully tasting chickpeas!

9. Pasta alla Norma – Eggplant Tomato Pasta

Pasta alla Norma

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In this dish, eggplant adds a really rich flavor to sauces and the red pepper flake adds a really subtle heat that complements it all perfectly. You have to try this Pasta alla Norma – Eggplant Tomato Pasta by Kristen Genton!

10. Smoky Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Pepper and Walnut

Smoky Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Pepper and Walnut

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If you love either baba ganoush or muhammara, you’ll love this Smoky Roasted Eggplant Dip with Bell Pepper and Walnut by Emese Maczko and Nandor Barta. It has roasted eggplants and bell peppers with ground walnuts. It is a delicious combination of two popular dips around the world, but still unique on its own right. It is a rich, flavorful, and especially delicious spread on toast.

11. Freezer Friendly Eggplant Meatballs

Freezer Friendly Eggplant Meatballs

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Serve these Freezer Friendly Eggplant Meatballs by Lydia Filgueras as you would any meatball. They can easily be served with pasta or rice to make up a more substantial meal, but also taste great on their own! However you choose to serve them, they will taste amazing!

12. Sweet and Smokey Stewed Eggplant and Cilantro-Lemon Fava Beans

Sweet and Smokey Stewed Eggplant and Cilantro-Lemon Fava Beans

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A simple eggplant stew using tomatoes and spices, paired with cilantro lemon fava beans, and served with a little flatbread seasoned up with some olive oil and za’atar spice. What a delicious and healthy meal it is! This is a great recipe for just yourself or hosting guests. They will love the fragrant spices and delicious mix of flavors! You have to try Deena Mehta‘s Sweet and Smokey Stewed Eggplant and Cilantro-Lemon Fava Beans!

13. Sticky Eggplant

Sticky Eggplant

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Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly meat-free weeknight dinner or a winning recipe for a dinner party with friends, this super easy yet utterly delicious Asian-inspired vegan Sticky Eggplant by Tania Pilcher will tick all the boxes. Vegan and can be made gluten-free.

14. Baked Potato And Eggplant Casserole

vegan Baked potato and eggplant casserole

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A delicious and easy casserole that has all the amazing flavors of baked potato and eggplant. This Baked Potato And Eggplant Casserole by Peffe Stahl will be your new go-to dinner recipe!

15. Simple Bao Buns with Hoisin Eggplant and Quick Pickled Carrot

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Chinese bao buns (pronounced ‘bow’) are slightly sweet, steamed fluffy dough pockets filled with a savory treat. Traditionally the buns are made using yeast in the dough, which requires kneading and rising before steaming. Since most of us are time poor, this version is a quicker ‘cheats’ version. As the dough has a sweetness to it, the filling benefits from a powerful punch of flavor provided by the sticky hoisin eggplant. You will love Jo Pratt‘s Simple Bao Buns with Hoisin Eggplant and Quick Pickled Carrot!

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