The Real Melitzanosalata

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr

Well, I'm sure there are lots of authentic versions of this wonderful dip. But this is my family's favorite. I like it because, unlike the other recipes found on the web, this one uses soft, fresh breadcrumbs, just like Taramosalata. This gives the dip a great texture and mouthfeel. We often serve these side by side on an appetizer tray with pita chips and toasted baguette slices.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Prick both the eggplants with a fork a few times and bake on a baking tray for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the skin, then roughly chop the flesh and place in a colander or sieve to drain any excess moisture.
  4. Place the eggplant, garlic, parsley, onion, red pepper, tomato, chili, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper to taste, in a food processor bowl and process until combined but still a little bit coarse.
  5. With the motor running, add the lemon juice and olive oil alternately, in a steady stream, as if making mayo. The mixture will thicken.
  6. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 3 hours to firm the mixture and allow the flavors to infuse.
  7. To serve spread on a large shallow serving platter, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and garnish with black olives.
Most Helpful

This made a delicious melitzanosalata. I have never made one using breadcrumbs before but it made for a very light rendition that worked beautifully with the aromatics and tomato. Loved this.

evelyn/athens July 20, 2013