Escalivada (Smoky Slow-Roasted Vegetables)


This vegan side dish is traditionally served at room temperature with grilled meat or fish, but feel free to double your portion and eat it as a vegan entree with crusty bread for dipping in that garlicky, flavor-packed olive oil. The name for this combination of roasted vegetables comes from the Catalan escalivar, meaning to cook in ashes, though most folks these days use an oven or grill to put some char on their veggies.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
6 cups


  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced

  • 2 small red onions, sliced into rounds and separated

  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 3-inch sticks

  • 1 small orange bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 small summer squash, cut into 3-inch sticks

  • 1 small zucchini, cut into 3-inch sticks

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided

  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 cloves garlic, divided

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons Banyuls vinegar or 1 tablespoon each balsamic and red-wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. For the best flavor and look, you'll want to season each vegetable separately with the salt before arranging them side-by-side in the pan. Tomatoes get 1/4 teaspoon salt; onions, eggplant, orange and yellow bell peppers, squash and zucchini each get 1/8 teaspoon. Then arrange them in rainbow-like order in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar-size) baking dish.

  3. Tie parsley, thyme and bay leaf together with kitchen string and nestle in the vegetables along with 3 garlic cloves. Drizzle with oil.

  4. Bake until the vegetables are juicy and starting to brown on top, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes.

  5. Just before serving, drizzle the vegetables with vinegar. Mince the remaining garlic clove and sprinkle over the top.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 4 and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Equipment: Kitchen string

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

168 Calories
13g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 168
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 5%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Vitamin A 1043IU 21%
Vitamin C 84mg 94%
Folate 3mcg 1%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 28mg 7%
Potassium 486mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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