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Recipe courtesy of Nadia Comaneci

Nadia's "Salata de Vinete" Eggplant Salad Spread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 medium eggplants

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more if needed 

2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus more if needed 

1 small onion, finely chopped 

2 heaping tablespoons light mayonnaise, plus more if needed 

Kosher salt and pepper

Kosher salt and pepper 

Dill, chopped, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pierce the eggplant skins in several places with a fork. Set the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast until soft and the skin is charred, 30 to 45 minutes, turning a few times for even roasting.
  3. When done, cut off the stems and peel the eggplants. Cut a slit along the side of each eggplant and transfer the eggplants to a strainer for a couple of minutes to allow the juices to drain.
  4. Finely chop the eggplants with a knife until they form a smooth puree. Add the eggplant puree to a bowl and stir in the olive oil and lemon juice until well-blended; taste and add more olive oil and lemon juice if desired. Add the onion and mix in the mayonnaise, adding more if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with dill and refrigerate for at least one hour to chill.

Cook’s Note

Serve with crackers, pita bread, toast points or veggies.