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Turkish Eggplant Salsa

    This smoky eggplant dip made with tomatoes and red peppers can be served hot, cold or room temperature. 

    Turkish Eggplant Salsa a healthy appetizer recipe

    My husband and I love eating out at a local Turkish restaurant here in Grand Rapids. In typical Liz fashion, I am always more interested in the appetizers than the entire rest of the menu combined. What can I say? I love a good dip.

    Turkish Eggplant Salsa a healthy dip recipe

    This eggplant salsa/salad/dip is inspired by the one we always order at the local Turkish restaurant. Smoky, charred, slightly sweet and totally addictive, you won’t believe how easy this healthy appetizer comes together.

    Turkish Eggplant Salsa a delicious vegetarian appetizer recipe

    To make it, you simply sauté eggplant, tomatoes and red bell peppers in olive oil and season it with garlic, cumin, smoked paprika and a pinch of sugar. The restaurant deep fries the eggplant cubes but my lighter version is just as delicious with half as many calories.

    Turkish Eggplant Dip a healthy gluten free appetizer recipe

    Served warm, room temperature or chilled, it is delicious eaten as a dip with pita chips, as a side with grilled meat or on top of quinoa as a hearty vegetarian main dish. Ideal for making in advance, the flavors only develop and intensity over time so feel free to make a day or two ahead of time.

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    Turkish Eggplant Salsa - a healthy appetizer recipe

    Turkish Eggplant Salsa

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    This smoky eggplant dip made with tomatoes and red peppers can be served hot, cold or room temperature. 
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 4 cups cubed eggplant ((no need to peel))
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup red bell pepper (diced)
    • 15 ounces diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • minced parsley (optional garnish)

    Instructions
     

    • Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat then sauté garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add eggplant and salt to the pot and fry until eggplant starts to soften, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    • Add peppers to the pan and continue to sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Pour in diced tomatoes and all remaining ingredients to the pan and increase heat to high. Bring pan to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are soft and flavors develop, about 30 minutes. 
    • Sprinkle with minced parsley to serve.

    Notes

    Can be served warm, room temperature or chilled. Delicious with pita bread or on its own as a side dish.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 3.6gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.1gSodium: 298mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 3.8g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    6 Comments

    1. Crazy coincidence! I went to Zeytin in Ada today and searched eggplant salad when I got home to find this! My wife is Turkish and we just got back from a long vacation over there. Eggplant has become a regular item with many of our dishes! Thanks for the recipe and can’t wait to try it out!

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