Healthy Recipe: Flavorful Roasted Eggplant Baba Ganoush

Pair with crudite for a cool, easy snack.

Image via Shutterstock/Anna_Pustynnikova

When it’s this hot outside, cooler dishes call our name. Though eggplant can be a part of heartier stews and dishes (eggplant parmesan, we’re looking at you), baba ganoush is a light, healthy eggplant alternative that pairs perfectly with crudité for a snack or whole wheat pita triangles for a light meal. But thanks to the beautiful smoky flavors that come out through roasting the eggplant, Baba ganoush still has all the makings and of a rich-tasting dish.


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • olive oil


  1. Poke holes in eggplant with a fork.
  2. Rub outside of eggplant with olive oil and bake eggplant at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until the skin is charred and the inside is tender. Alternatively, skip the oven and grill the eggplant instead.
  3. Peel skin off eggplant and put it into a food processor or mash it manually.
  4. Place eggplant puree in a medium bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Season with salt to taste.

Flavor Fun

Try these fun variations to the classic recipe:

  • Add freshly chopped herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, or mint.
  • Add chopped jalapeno and ground cumin to spice it up.
  • Place chopped kiwifruit in the center for a boost of color and to add sweet and tangy flavors.

Rebecca Scritchfield is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and founder of Capitol Nutrition Group in Washington, DC.

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