Baked aubergines with Mediterranean sardine salsa

This scrumptious Mediterranean-inspired dish is a delicious addition to a Mezze inspired meal, but works well as a starter or a light meal. Bonus – it’s also a really yum way to get your omega-3’s in, along with loads of other nutrients and fiber.

You can serve it as a light meal with some salad, whole-wheat wraps and hummus

No oil added to this recipe, but a small drizzle of olive oil will definitely go down well here if you want. The salsa is pretty rustic, and you can add or remove ingredients based on your preference. Play around and have fun.

Baked aubergines with Mediterranean sardine salsa

A mezze-style recipe with zesty Mediterranean flavours
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Mezze
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 2 people
Calories 222 kcal


  • 2 med aubergines sliced into thick 2 cm rounds (this prevents drying out)
  • salt & pepper

Sardine Salsa

  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 handful fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 ripe red tomatoes chopped
  • 10 green olives pitted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped preserved lemon if you don't have this, zest of one lemon or lime will do the trick
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tin sardines oil drained
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 220 C (200 fan)
  • Season the aubergine rounds with salt and pepper, then place on a prepared baking tray. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the rounds have browned and are cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, make your salsa by combining all the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl and seasoning to perfection.
  • When your aubergines are ready, lay them out on a serving platter or plate and top with your salsa. Enjoy!


Nutrition information per portion (1/2 of the recipe): 222 kcal; 10.4 g fat; 16.4 g carbohydrate; 8.2 g fiber; 12.8 g protein.
Serves 2 as a light meal (served with a salad and some whole-grain bread), or 4 as part of a spread (with a few other dishes). 
Keyword Aubergine, salsa, sardines

One thought on “Baked aubergines with Mediterranean sardine salsa

  1. 5 stars
    I never would have thought to combine sardines with aubergine, but this worked surprisingly well. Plus this method of cooking aubergines is the best I have come across so far. They are juicy and creamy, not slimy and oily.

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