12 Eggplant Recipes You'll Love this Summer

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Eggplant allows you to make several different dishes during the summer, from appetizers to entrees.

Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Stacks

You can grill the eggplant rounds up to a day in advance, then assemble the eggplant, tomato and mozzarella “stacks” at the last minute. To make the eggplant and tomato stacks look symmetrical, use eggplant and tomatoes with approximately the same diameter.

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Spiced Eggplant-Lentil Salad with Mango

Spiced eggplant, lentils and mangoes combine deliciously in this Indian-inspired vegetarian salad. Customize the spiciness of this by choosing mild, medium or hot versions of salsa, chili powders and curry powder. The flavor is even better when the salad is prepared ahead. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

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Grilled Eggplant & Portobello Sandwich

Looking for a vegetarian option for your next cookout? This grilled eggplant and portobello sandwich is our answer. For extra flavor, we top it with slices of garden-fresh tomato and spicy arugula. Serve with a mixed green salad.

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Roasted Eggplant and Pickled Beet Sandwiches

I love the play on flavors with the sweet/sourness of the beets, the feta, the salty beets and olives, the fantastic herbs.

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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This grilled-vegetable version of eggplant Parmesan, like the one Grace Parisi’s Calabrian grandmother used to make, is much lighter than the fried kind.

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Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

Diced eggplant turns tender and tasty sautéed with garlic and olive oil. Toss with fresh plum tomatoes, green olives and capers and you have a simple light summer sauce. We like it over angel hair pasta, but any type of pasta will work. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a mixed green salad.

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Cheesy Eggplant Linguine

This quick and hearty meatless pasta dish is sure to please!

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Eggplant Parmesan Pizza

Eggplant Parm is spun into a pizza with grilled eggplant, marinara, fresh basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Beer pairing: Sweet and bitter elements on this pizza need a similarly balanced beer. A pale ale or amber ale fills the bill beautifully.

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Pot-Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cumin

Paula Wolfert visited the kitchens of Dar Yacout, where the cooks still use charcoal fires to make dishes like lush and smoky roasted-eggplant salad.

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Turkish Lamb & Eggplant Kebabs

Here we combine baharat, a traditional Arabic spice blend, with olive oil, lemon, garlic and tomato paste to make it into a savory rub to flavor lamb-and-vegetable kebabs.

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The versatility that characterizes eggplant makes it a perfect fit for the summer. You can enjoy one of your favorite ingredients in multiple different ways. From appetizers, to salads or main dishes, eggplant proves to be a rather useful vegetable.

Check out the slideshow above and decide which summer dish you can't wait to try.

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