Baba ghanoush is a Middle Eastern dip made with cooked, mashed eggplant, creamy tahini, and zesty lemon juice. Traditional recipes call for olive oil and salt, but we’ve skipped these ingredients to create the healthiest possible version that’s still packed full of flavor. Enjoy it as a dip with fresh vegetables or as a topping for baked potatoes instead of sour cream or butter. Another delicious option for leftover oil-free baba ghanoush is to slather a spoonful inside a whole wheat pita round and stuff it with baked falafel and pickled veggies. There are countless scrumptious ways to use this versatile recipe, so it’s time to get cooking!

For more Middle Eastern vegan dips, check out these tasty ideas:

By Cathy Fisher,


  • 1 1-lb. purple eggplant
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (optional)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce the eggplant a few times with the tip of a knife and place it on a baking sheet. (Line sheet with parchment paper, if you like.) Roast 55 to 60 minutes or until eggplant is softened and wrinkly. Set aside 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  • Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh, including seeds, into a bowl or food processor. Discard skin and stem.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to eggplant. Mash together with a fork until uniform and fibers are broken down, or process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl. Garnish with additional parsley, if you like. Serve with vegetables and whole grain pita chips for dipping.
  • To store, place baba ghanoush in an airtight container. Cover and chill up to 5 days.

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Cathy Fisher

Cathy Fisher is the creator of, a website offering free recipes and information on eating a whole-food, plant-based diet free of salt, oil, and sugar. She is also a cooking instructor, teaching classes at TrueNorth Health Center and the McDougall Program, both in Santa Rosa, CA. Cathy began eating a plant-based diet in 1999, and in 2016 published her first cookbook, Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking Without Salt, Oil or Sugar. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.
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