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20 Creative Vegetarian Eggplant Recipes

Vegetarian Eggplant Recipes

Vegetarian Eggplant Recipes
Eggplant season is in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier about it! These glossy purple beauties are a food-lover’s dream, and especially for vegetarians since eggplant boasts a “meaty,” toothsome vibe that can make meatless meals especially hearty.

So how do we love our eggplant best? Let us count the ways — 20 of them, to be exact. Bring on the aubergines! Here are 20 of our favorite vegetarian eggplant recipes.

Stuffed Miso Eggplant

Stuffed Miso Eggplant

It doesn’t get much better than miso-seasoned walnuts served up in perfectly ripe eggplant boats. The topper (literally)? A colorful cherry tomato salad. Summer bliss.

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Eggplant Bolognese

Eggplant Bolognese

We know, we know — you see “bolognese” and all you can think of is meat, meat, and more meat. Not so fast! Eggplant is a terrific hearty substitute for this beefed-up (but without beef) sauce from Greatist.

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Marinated Eggplant

Marinated Eggplant

Not quite convinced eggplant is for you? This may just be your gateway recipe. A Healthy Life For Me presents these delicious-yet-simple marinated slices that, along with a nice loaf of crusty bread, make up the ideal summer dinner. Bonus: you can make it ahead of time.

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Thai Eggplant Tempura with Spicy Garlic-Soy Dipping Sauce

Thai Eggplant Tempura with Spicy Garlic-Soy Dipping Sauce

When Faith over at An Edible Mosaic picked up some tiny Thai eggplants on a whim, she settled upon making them into tempura magic. And we are grateful. Bonus: the tempura is made with chickpea flour, so the recipe is gluten-free!

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Caramelized Onion and Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart

Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart with Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers & Basil

This vegetarian Caramelized Onion and Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart recipe is finished with Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, basil, and cheese. Yum!

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Roasted Eggplant Dip

Roasted Eggplant Dip

This creamy dip is reminiscent of classic baba ghanoush, but it’s made with a tangy twist — yogurt! Running To the Kitchen brings us this addicting appetizer. We love the hint of green thanks to the handful of fresh parsley thrown into the mix.

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Lightened-Up Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Lightened-Up Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Yearning for a good Eggplant Parmesan but dreading the heaviness? Look no further! These summertime stacks are a fresh — and healthier! — take on the classic.

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Grilled Eggplant and Chickpea Sephardic Salad

Grilled Eggplant and Chickpea Sephardic Salad

What Jew Wanna Eat brings us charred eggplant, fresh mint, juicy tomatoes, and Middle Eastern spices — all tossed with chickpeas and served up with pita chips. Perfection in a bowl.

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Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta

Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta

Comfort food, eggplant style. Diethood brings you this creamy and cheesy eggplant pasta dish complete with more summer standbys like basil and tomatoes. Dig in!

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Turkish Stuffed Eggplant

Turkish Stuffed EggplantAllspice, cardamom, and fresh herbs elevate this stuffed eggplant from The View From Great Island to new heights. Oh, and it’s topped with pistachios, too. Yes, please.

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Grilled Ratatouille Tartine

Grilled Ratatouille Tartine

Traditional ratatouille veggies — summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and of course, eggplant — grilled and then spilled onto an open-faced sandwich? We think this is utter summer brilliance from Taste, Love, and Nourish.

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Eggplant Noodles

Eggplant Noodles

You’ve heard of zucchini noodles, no doubt, but what about noodles made with eggplant? It’s a thing — a delicious one! Know Your Produce shows you how.

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Roasted Eggplant & White Bean Soup

Roasted Eggplant & White Bean Soup

Roasted eggplant pureed with cannellini beans along with onion, garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat. Sometimes a nice, warm bowl of soup — such as this one from Dishing Up the Dirt — is in order, even in the midst of summer.

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Panko-Crusted Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

Panko-Crusted Baked Eggplant Fries with Curried Cashew Aioli

Fast food, aubergine style! Okay, so this isn’t really fast food, but because they’re fries, you can pretend. These are certainly perfect for dipping and snacking — plus, they’re vegan, too!

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Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole

Eggplant Rollatini Quinoa Casserole

This casserole from Cookie Monster Cooking has got it all. Quinoa? Check. Eggplant (duh)? Check. Cheese? Check, check, and check.

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Miso-Glazed Eggplant

Miso-Glazed Eggplant

Roasted eggplant brushed generously with a miso glaze, and then broiled until caramelized? Count us in. Busy In Brooklyn has the scoop.

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Eggplant, Chard & Tomato Quinoa Gratin

Eggplant, Chard & Tomato Quinoa Gratin

Packed with veggies, this gratin from Cafe Johnsonia makes quick work of summer veggies. A hit of protein thanks to quinoa makes it the perfect one-dish dinner — plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free, to boot.

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Vegetarian Eggplant Tajine

Vegetarian Eggplant Tajine

This Moroccan spiced stew features tender chunks of eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers, served over couscous with a sprinkle of fresh mint.

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Eggplant Burgers with Honey Beer-Glazed Caramelized Shallots

Eggplant Burgers with Honey Beer-Glazed Caramelized Shallots

Toothsome eggplant is a refreshing change from legumes in veggie burgers — and this version from Eats Well With Others is no exception. Plus, those boozy caramelized shallots?! Swoon-worthy.

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Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart

Caramelized Onion & Eggplant Puff Pastry Tart

So much tastiness in one tart! Caramelized onions, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers — and, of course, incredible roasted eggplant. And it’s piled on golden, butter puff pastry, too.

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15 Comments

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    sue/the view from great island
    August 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Eggplant is such an under appreciated veggie! Love all these ideas, and thanks for including my Turkish Stuffed Eggplant!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    August 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Thank you for sharing these recipes! I love eggplants and I’m always looking for different ways to be creative with them. The Thai eggplant tempura looks amazing!

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    Emma
    August 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    These recipes look quite wonderful! Eggplant (or aubergine as we call it over here) can be brilliant when done well. Definitely making the bolognese.
    I think my favourite “eggplant” recipe is caponata!
    http://www.coconutandberries.com/2014/03/25/lightened-up-caponata/

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    dishing up the dirt
    August 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Cheers to one of my favorite veggies that doesn’t seem to get enough love!!! Great roundup Kare. Thanks for including my soup!

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    [email protected]
    August 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Such an amazing collection!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I love eggplant, what a great round up!

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    Millie l Add A Little
    August 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I love the combination of eggplant and miso, such a classic!!
    Great roundup!

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    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me
    August 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    WOW, this is a great roundup and presentation. Thank you so much for including my marinated eggplant. xx

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    Joanne
    August 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I am of the belief that eggplant is a much underrated veggie! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes out!

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    Holly McGehee
    September 23, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Food looks great.

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    gail
    September 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    How does one see the rest of the eggplant recipes? Are they compiled in a downloadable format?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

      You should be able to click through the slide show and each slide has a link to the recipe. Maybe the slideshow isn’t working on your end?

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    Kelcey
    September 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Eggplant rollatini link not working

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    aubergine
    June 6, 2017 at 7:08 am

    A very impressive article with excellent recipes and great quality, certainly a good job for this contribution, thank you and keep it up, regards. very creative

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    suppliers
    June 19, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Thank you for sharing this delicious contribution !!!

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