15 Creative Vegan Eggplant Recipes

From eggplant bake to vegan eggplant parmesan, these healthy recipes from the best of the blogs should turn anyone into a fan of the humble aubergine.

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Italian Layered Vegetable Casserole

Courtesy Susan Voisin

Creamy bean filling elevates roasted eggplant and zucchini in Fat Free Vegan's Italian Layered Vegetable Casserole. Garnish with chopped parsley for a vibrant hit of green.

Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Courtesy Tori Avey

Sweet and sour eggplant on the blog The Shiksa balances the bright flavors of rice vinegar and soy sauce with the sweetness of red bell peppers and brown sugar. Finish off with sesame seeds for a subtle crunch.

Ajvar (Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Relish)

Courtesy Susan Voisin

Ajvar (pronounced “eye-var”), a condiment made from roasted pepper and eggplant, can be spread onto crackers, served like salsa, or swapped for your go-to sandwich spread. Try stirring this version from the blog Fat Free Vegan into warm pasta for a tangy sauce.

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Baingan Bharta Indian Eggplant Dip

Courtesy Bites Out of Life

Baingan Bharta, a popular North Indian curry, is traditionally made with coal-roasted eggplant. On the blog Bites Out of Life, the cooking process is simplified with boiled and then sautéed eggplant, resulting in a smooth, rich texture without an open flame.

Oil Baked Eggplant Chips

Courtesy Scratching Canvas

Have fun dunking these oil baked eggplant chips from the blog Scratching Canvas into your dip of choice.

Za'atar Crusted Eggplant Tomato Basil Naan Flatbreads

Courtesy Heather Poire

Za'atar, a middle eastern spice blend, complements roasted eggplant in this vegan eggplant topped naan recipe from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.

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Eggplant Ratatouille

Courtesy 86 Lemons

Ratatouille is just a fancy word for a traditional southern France vegetable stew, but this simple eggplant ratatouille from the blog 86Lemons combines eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers for a rich, savory meal.

Stuffed Eggplant

Courtesy Dine and Dash

Looks fancy, but isn't! Twice-baked stuffed eggplant from Dine & Dash is topped with feta and parsley (swap feta for almond slivers to keep it vegan). Toss any leftovers with plain penne or spaghetti for a quick weeknight meal.

Eggplant Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Courtesy Emily Von Euw

Hearty and wholesome: Eggplant mushroom pesto pizza from This Rawsome Vegan Life layers veggies with tofu and a savory dairy-free pesto sauce loaded with flavor from pine nuts, basil leaves, olive oil, olives, garlic, and vegan milk.

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Eggplant Tomato Bialy Sandwich

Courtesy Heather Poire

Sunday Morning Banana Pancake's eggplant tomato bialy sandwich wedges veggies in the traditional Polish roll for a comforting weekend lunch or a light dinner.

Roasted Eggplant Dip

Courtesy Alexis Kornblum

Dip whatever's on hand into a bowl of creamy roasted eggplant dip from Lexi's Clean Kitchen. The key to this smoky dip? Roast the veggies and whole garlic cloves drizzled with sea salt, pepper, and oil first before adding lemon juice and blending together.

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Courtesy Susan Voisin

Fat Free Vegan's eggplant parmesan turns the cheesy comfort food staple into a vegan dinner featuring a velvety sauce of silken tofu, tahini or cashew butter, and soy milk.

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Eggplant and Arugula Wraps with Tomato Basil Cashew Cheese

Courtesy Choosing Raw

Pinwheels, the ultimate party appetizer, are typically loaded with meat and cheese, but this version from the blog Choosing Raw reinvents the wheel with eggplant and arugula wraps. Also fun: Stuff the fillings into collard green leaves for a gluten-free appetizer.

Baked Eggplant Sticks

Courtesy Skinny Taste

From the blog Skinny Taste, baked eggplant sticks are breaded with egg whites (or, use a vegan milk of your choice), Parmesan cheese and seasoned bread crumbs. Serve with a big bowl of marinara for dipping.

Roasted Baby Eggplant

Courtesy Mellissa Sevigny

The blog I Breathe I'm Hungry features a gorgeous roasted baby eggplant recipe using a handful of simple ingredients like olive oil and ricotta cheese for an elegant side or appetizer. Top with vegan cheese or sour cream if you choose.


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