Eggplant Salad (Betanjen Raheb)

The dish I have for you today is a typical Lebanese starter made with eggplant, and it is one of the many plates of Lebanese Mezze; in some Lebanese restaurants, you can find up to 30 dishes of Mezze. The ingredients are easy to find and the the preparation itself is relatively simple. Vegetarians, take note: this is a very nutritious and delicious treat.


  • 1 eggplant of 500 grams approximately
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • salt, olive oil


  • Grill the eggplant very well from all sides until soft
  • When it cools, peel it carefully, taking care not to leave any part of the skin of the eggplant
  • Crush the clove of garlic in a large bowl, add salt and then add the eggplant. Mix together with a fork until nearly smooth with a few a chunks
  • Add lemon juice as desired
  • Chop the onion and the tomato finely
  • Finally, place the eggplant in a plate and add the onion then the tomato on top with some olive oil for taste



  1. oh this is so funny – I made the Greek version of this yesterday (melitzanosalata) – I wrote a post about it but it won’t go up for a few weeks. Anyway, we were SO lucky to find eggplant at the farmers’ market at this time of year… The Greek version is very similar to this!! The only difference is we use sweet red pepper (also grilled) instead of tomato, and red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice. I leave out the onion because I don’t like the ‘crunch’. I also made Lebanese pita bread and served it together!! My husband was a happy man yesterday!

    • Hello my dear. I think yes there is a lot of similar things between Lebanese and Greek food( mediterranean countries)..I am glad that we can share all these recipes with others..

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