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Best Baba Ganoush Recipe (Vegan)

by Capri Lilly

Baba Ganoush is a savory, smokey, creamy eggplant Dip. With just a few ingredients: roasted eggplant, lemon, tahini, and olive oil, you have a delectable dip that serves as an appetizer, snack, or spread. This is a delicious, healthy Mediterranean snack that you’ll love and enjoy!

If you love delicious dips, you’ll want to try my Sweet Potato Hummus or Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus next!

Baba ganoush recipe, close up of finished baba ganoush topped with pine nuts, parsley, olive oil, and served with pita bread, tomatoes, and carrots

What is Baba Gaboush?

Baba Ganoush is a Mediterranean eggplant dip made with roasted or grilled eggplant, lemon, tahini, olive oil, and garlic. It is usually eaten with pita bread, chips, raw veggies like carrots and celery, or used as a spread.

What is the difference between Baba Ganoush and Hummus?

The primary difference between baba ganoush and hummus is that baba ganoush is made with eggplant and hummus is made with chickpeas.  Whichever one you like depends on your preference. If you love eggplants, baba ganoush is a delicious dip to try and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways!

baba ganoush served with carrots tomatoes and pita bread

Is Baba Ganoush Healthy?

Extremely! Eggplant has a high vitamin and mineral content, providing vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and more! It is also high in fiber and has a low-calorie content. The most alluring aspect of this dip is that it is Vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Keto compliant, and naturally Gluten-Free. This baba ganoush simple recipe is packed with tons of health benefits along with flavor and can be added to any diet!

What To Eat With Baba Ganoush?

In the Mediterranean Diet, baba ganoush is typically paired with pita bread or fresh veggies, like sliced carrots or celery. Baba ganoush is a wonderful accompaniment to any Middle Eastern style meal and can be served as a dip or spread with your favorite grilled chicken, or more traditional dishes like my Lamb Kofta Recipe.

If you are having a party, try baba ganoush and pita chips instead of the typical salsa and chips! You’ll be surprised how many people love it!

Lamb Kofta with Baba Ganoush Hummus and Sweet Potato Fries

How To Make The Best Baba Ganoush?

Making baba ganoush is extremely simple, but there are a few steps that help distinguish a phenomenal dip from the mediocre. The key to making the best baba ganoush is all in the way the eggplant is prepared.

I’ve tried multiple ways and have learned that the best way to roast the eggplant for this dip is to roast it whole. Do not slice the eggplant into cubes and roast it in the oven and use the cubes for the recipe; it will turn out dry and bland! Take the eggplant and simply place it on an oven-safe tray and roast it for 45 minutes to an hour.  When the skin of the eggplant has collapsed and the eggplant is soft to touch, this indicates that the eggplant is fully cooked and can be removed from the oven.

Baba Ganoush Recipe

Steps to making Baba Ganoush Recipe
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Leave the eggplant whole and roast it in the oven.
  3. Let the eggplant cool and slice it in half. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before using.
  4. Scoop the eggplant into a large bowl, making sure to leave the skin and the liquid behind. Using two forks, shred and mash the eggplant until all the long strings of eggplant have been broken down. You now have the base for your baba ganoush and it has been cooked perfectly with all of the excess moisture removed, ensuring you a creamy, mouthwatering dip.
  5. Mix in the tahini and lemon juice.
  6. Mix in the olive oil
  7. Add the cumin and paprika
  8. Add the parsley. Taste and adjust the flavor to your liking. Add lemon juice for more zest, and olive oil to make it creamier. Top with olive oil, pine nuts, pomegranate, fresh parsley, and enjoy!

Tips To Making The Best Baba Ganoush

  1. You do not need a food processor to make Baba Ganoush. It is quite easy to make it by hand. I use two forks to break down the eggplant and mix the ingredients together; it works perfectly.
  2. Eggplant suggestions: When picking out a large eggplant, you want to pick one that is shiny and smooth, with no spoiled or soft parts. You can pick up the eggplant to see how heavy it is: the heavier the better.
  3. Feel free to use less olive oil if you like. You can make baba ganoush using only 3 tablespoons, but the more olive oil you use, the creamier your dip will be.

I Hope You Enjoy This Baba Ganoush Recipe!

If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you!

More Eggplant Recipes:

Healthy “Soy” Glazed Eggplant

Grilled Garlic Herb Eggplant

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

baba ganoush in a large bowl
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Best Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba Ganoush is a savory, smokey, creamy Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip. With just a few ingredients: roasted eggplant, lemon, tahini, and olive oil, you have a delectable dip that serves as an appetizer, snack, or spread. This is a delicious, healthy Mediterranean snack that you’ll love and enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Healthy Options, Mediterranean, Vegan
Keyword: Baba Ganough Recipe, Baba Ganoush, eggplant, Eggplant dip, gluten-free, healthy dip, vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Eggplant
  • 2 Lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F
  • Place 1 whole Eggplant onto a cooking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the skin collapses and is soft to touch.
  • Remove the Eggplant from the oven and cut it in half. Allow the eggplant to cool slightly, so it is easier to handle and also to allow the juices to flow from the eggplant.
  • Scoop out the eggplant and transfer into a large mixing bowl, being careful to not include the liquid from the eggplant. Using 2 forks, shred the eggplant as much as possible, making sure to break up long string pieces.
  • Mix in tahini, one and a half lemons juiced, and stir vigorously until it is mixed well. Slow pour in the olive oil and continue to use your fork to stir well.
  • Add the seasonings: paprika, cumin, and salt (I use about 1/4 teaspoon and add more to my liking). Stir well and add the chopped parsley. Feel free to add more lemon (if you like the flavor to be more tart) or salt if needed.
  • Pour the baba ganoush into a serving bowl. Lightly drizzle with Olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of parsley and smoked paprika, and enjoy!

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14 comments

Emily Flint April 2, 2021 - 6:03 pm

5 stars
This was the perfect appetizer for my party, love the flavor!

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Capri Lilly April 2, 2021 - 7:33 pm

Hi Emily! I am glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Easy Vegan Eggplant Meatballs - Good Food Baddie April 2, 2021 - 8:02 pm

[…] can also have your meatballs with hummus and baba ganoush with pita to enjoy this meal Mediterranean style! My recipes are super easy and linked above. […]

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Raquel April 2, 2021 - 9:59 pm

5 stars
I cannot wait to try this! We love mediterranean dishes!

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Chef Dennis April 3, 2021 - 1:13 am

5 stars
I am so excited to make this delicious Baba Ganoush!

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Capri Lilly April 5, 2021 - 6:56 pm

Hi! I hope you enjoy!

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Nora April 3, 2021 - 6:23 am

5 stars
This dip sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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Capri Lilly April 5, 2021 - 6:56 pm

You’re welcome!

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Ramona April 3, 2021 - 8:23 am

5 stars
Beautiful and easy recipe, thanks for sharing!

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Capri Lilly April 5, 2021 - 6:57 pm

Hi Ramona, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Sabrina April 4, 2021 - 12:19 am

5 stars
Rich and creamy, just how it should be. Thanks!

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Capri Lilly April 5, 2021 - 6:57 pm

So glad you liked the recipe, Sabrina!

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Jessica Formicola April 5, 2021 - 1:28 pm

5 stars
I absolutely love baba ganoush, but I’ve never made it at home! I can’t wait to try this delicious looking recipe!

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Capri Lilly April 5, 2021 - 6:58 pm

Hi Jessica! I hope you enjoy!

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