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Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Marissa


  • 1 ½ - 2 pound eggplant 2 medium or 1 large
  • ½ of a small sweet onion peeled
  • 1-2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ⅓ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a fork, poke a few holes into the eggplant and place on a baking sheet (optional: line the sheet with foil or parchment paper).
  • Bake the whole eggplant for one hour.
  • While the eggplant is cooking, grate the onion and place in a small colander over a bowl or in the sink. Let strain for 20 minutes or until you are ready to make the dip.
  • Remove the eggplant from the oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
  • Peel off the skin and move the flesh of the eggplant into a colander and let strain for an additional 20-30 minutes (you might be tempted to skip this step, but straining will remove a couple tablespoons of liquid). Discard the skin.
  • Place the eggplant in a medium-size bowl and add in the onion, crushed garlic, some salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, and the parsley. Use a spoon to stir the ingredients until just combined. Then, slowly drizzle the olive oil in while continuing to stir (start with a ⅓ of a cup, depending on the size of the eggplant. Use more oil if closer to a 2lb eggplant).
  • Taste and adjust with extra olive oil, vinegar, or seasoning if necessary.
  • Place in the refrigerator a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.