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This simple recipe for roasted eggplant with lemon is both tangy and savory and is a delicious side dish to pair with chicken or salmon. In addition to lemon, we season the eggplant with salt, pepper and the herbal, nutty flavor of za'atar. Za'atar is a seasoning blend that typically contains oregano and thyme (or similar herbs); sumac, which has a pleasant citrus flavor; and toasted sesame seeds. Chili powder, coriander and cumin may also be included in some za'atar blends.

EatingWell.com, April 2022


Credit: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Margaret Monroe Dickey

Recipe Summary

10 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss eggplant with oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and za'atar, if desired, in a medium bowl until combined. Spread in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Flip the eggplant pieces and continue roasting until browned, about 10 minutes.


Nutrition Facts

1 cup
154 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 14g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 8g; fat 11g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 8g; poly fat 1g; vitamin a iu 54IU; vitamin b3 niacin 2mg; vitamin c 9mg; vitamin e iu 3IU; folate 52mg; vitamin k 8mg; sodium 295mg; calcium 23mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 33mg; phosphorus 56mg; potassium 535mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 2mg.