10 Ways Eggplant Can Solve All Your Summer Problems

10 Ways Eggplant Can Solve All Your Summer Problems

Eggplant is one of those polarizing ingredients that you either love or hate. But if you're on the hate side, allow these 10 recipes to start changing your mind. From eggplant burgers to the perfect summer frittata to baba ganoush (the best gateway eggplant dish of them all), these dishes will win you over. Get ready for the summer of eggplant to commence.

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1. Lentils with Broiled Eggplant

When combined with lentils, this dish makes a wonderfully hearty vegetarian main course. It should come as no surprise that it comes from the kitchen of veggie genius Yotam Ottolenghi.

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2. Grilled Eggplant Burgers with Halloumi Cheese

Don't subject your vegetarian friends to yet another portobello burger. This grilled eggplant "burger" is a refreshing change, and everyone — vegetarians and carnivores alike — will want some grilled halloumi.

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3. How To Make Eggplant Jerky

Think eggplant can't be a snack? Think again. This recipe is easy to make, and will keep for up to a month — that is, if you haven't gobbled it all up by then.

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4. Braised Eggplant and Tomatoes

This recipe is easily adaptable depending on the ingredients you have on hand. If you have farmers market or homegrown tomatoes, use those. Otherwise, canned tomatoes will do just fine.

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5. Eggplant Parmesan Two-Bite Tots

Eggplant parm as an appetizer? Yes, please! These "tots" are guaranteed to be a hit whenever you make them.

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6. Baba Ganoush (Smoky Eggplant Dip)

Baba ganoush is a staple of Mediterranean cooking, and it's one of the best recipes for introducing eggplant to skeptics. This smoky dip is perfect with pita chips or spread on sandwiches.

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7. Feta and Eggplant Pasta Salad

Eggplant doesn't always have to be the star of the show — it can also be a team player, like in this herb- and feta-filled pasta salad.

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8. Sausage & Eggplant Summer Frittata

Because eggplant is usually a meat stand-in in vegetarian main courses, you don't always see the combo of eggplant and sausage. But believe us, once you try it, you'll be sold.

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9. Baked Za'atar Eggplant Fries with Lemon-Tahini Dip

Veggie fries are one of our favorite easy upgrades, and these eggplant fries don't disappoint. Of course, we'd also be happy with the lemon-tahini dip on regular fries as well.

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10. Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts

Adding eggplant to your next grain salad is totally a pro move — especially when it's this farro-based salad that also has mint and peppers.

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