Ajvar is a Serbian eggplant and red pepper dip. And it’s DELICIOUS.
Growing up, the dip often showed up at BBQs and parties (my dad is from Slovenia, and it was a staple in the Slovenian diet). Of course, I didn’t like it when I was young… probably because I never actually tried it. Once I decided that I actually really liked vegetables (sometime in my late teens, early 20s), I started to really enjoy the flavour of ajvar.
It can be a bit tricky to find; most grocery stores in my area do not carry it. And when I ran out, but was too lazy to go across town to buy some more, I made my own.
This dip/ sauce can be used on its own, on hamburgers, on vegetables, added to soups and stews, or mixed into spaghetti sauce. I often eat it right from the jar.
- 1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise, then lengthwise again
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 3 red peppers, seeded and cut into quarters
- 2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 475. Line a baking sheet for easier clean up.
- Place prepared eggplant, garlic and peppers on sheet in a single layer. Toss with olive oil (I use my hands to massage the oil into the veggies). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and take garlic off the pan.
- Roast veggies (sans garlic) for another 20 minutes.
- Let veggies cool slightly, then puree garlic and roasted veggies in a food processor.
- Voila! You have made a delicious dip 🙂
- 1 large avocado
- 2 tbsp. apple cider or white balsamic vinegar (balsamic will be higher in sugar and much sweeter; I often do one of each)
- 1-2 tbsp. Pumpkin oil (optional)
- 2-4 tbsp. Nutritional yeast (optional)
- Unrefined Sea Salt to taste
- Garlic powder to taste- a few sprinkles is good!
- Loads of greens: shredded cabbage, spinach, mixed greens
- In a LARGE bowl (my salad bowl is massive!) mash the avocado with the vinegar, oil, salt and garlic.
- Add all the greens.
- Sprinkle with yeast and toss up!
- Taste before servings- it's easy to add a bit more vinegar, oil or salt before serving.
- To make it a complete meal, add protein. Hard boiled eggs mix in really well! You can also toss in your leftover steak, chicken, or some black beans. You can also add in things like left over cauliflower rice, or pretty much anything you find in your fridge!
- Portions depend if its a side or if its the main meal!