This Mediterranean inspired roasted eggplant dip is a perfect alternative to salsa and hummus. It’s delicious served with veggies, crackers, or chips and you can also add it to wraps and sandwiches (or eat it right out of the bowl with a spoon, as I do. No worries, I always make sure that nobody is looking).
Many eggplant dip recipes call for tahini (sesame seed paste). Tahini is fabulous but I rarely have it on hand because it goes bad really fast, so I prefer this roasted eggplant dip recipe because it tastes great without tahini.
If you prefer to make it dairy-free you can just skip feta cheese.
This roasted eggplant dip is really easy to make because all you have to do is place the veggies in the oven and wait until they are roasted to perfection. Once the vegetables are done, just wait a bit until they are cool enough to handle then place them into a blender or food processor, pulse a few times and the eggplant dip is done.
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 eggplant, (about 2.5 to 3 pounds)
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into 4 large pieces
- 1/2 medium onion, cut into 4 wedges
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 tomato
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. Place it on a cutting board sliced side up, sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes. The eggplant will release some moisture which helps to get rid of the slightly bitter taste typical for larger eggplant varieties. (You don't have to do this if you don't mind the bitter taste).
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Rinse the eggplant slices, pat them dry with a paper towel and generously rub with olive oil. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes.
- Rub the red pepper, garlic, and onion with olive oil and place on the baking sheet beside the eggplant. Place the tomato on the baking sheet as well and roast the vegetables for another 45 minutes or until tender.
- Let the veggies cool a bit. Once cold enough to handle, place the onion and garlic into a food processor or blender.
- Remove the skin from the red pepper. Scrape the eggplant flesh and remove the skin and seeds from the tomato and place everything into the food processor. Add the feta cheese, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pulse a few times until the desired consistency.
- Taste the dip and add salt and pepper if needed. (If you use feta, you might not need any salt as feta is usually quite salty).
- Sprinkle with some fresh herbs before serving.
Serving Size1/3 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 148 Total Fat 11g Saturated Fat 3.8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6.7g Cholesterol 16.7mg Sodium 224.8mg Carbohydrates 9.8g Fiber 3.7g Sugar 5.9g Protein 4.2g