If you’re wondering what to serve with your baba ganoush, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 27 of the most popular side dishes for baba ganoush.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with baba ganoush are falafels, seared lamb loin chops, sourdough pita bread, spice crackers, and kibbeh balls. You can also serve grilled chicken shawarma, lamb chops, or a grilled veggie platter. For an unusual but tasty option, try halloumi fries.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
The secret to the best falafels? Use twice the amount of herbs you normally would and add some green chili pepper.
The chili wont make the falafel spicy, but it will add an extra “oomph” that’ll make them oh-so-irresistible.
You’d usually see these crispy morsels served with hummus, but they’re also great with creamy baba ganoush.
Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Sourdough pita bread
Level up your pita bread game by skipping the yeast and using a sourdough starter instead.
This version will take longer because the dough needs to ferment, and there’s an optional but highly recommended overnight rest in the fridge.
But the flavor upgrade and extra fluffy texture are worth it. And they’re really easy to reheat, my favorite way to reheat pitas are on the stove.
Why we love this recipe: it’s way better than store-bought pita bread.
Stuffed grape leaves
Also known as dolmas, these treats are a mainstay in any mezze platter, just like baba ganoush.
They’re traditionally filled with a herby rice and beef combo, but you can also omit the meat to make it vegetarian-friendly.
Pro tip: leave room for a bit of expansion when you’re rolling the leaves, otherwise they’ll burst!
Why we love this recipe: it’s highly detailed so even beginner cooks can follow it.
Seared lamb loin chops
Perfectly seared lamb chops should be medium-rare – dark pink in the middle, with gorgeous, caramelized crusts.
Psst… the recipe uses loin chops because they’re easier to fit in a skillet, but you can also use rib chops for a classic, elegant look.
Prop these lamb chops over your freshly-made baba ganoush for a restaurant-worthy meal. And if you need more side dish ideas for lamb chops, check out this list.
Why we love this recipe: aside from the meat, most of the ingredients required are basic pantry staples.
Kibbeh balls are another classic Middle Eastern dish – they’re pretty similar to Italian arancini.
With this recipe, the meaty morsels are deep-fried, giving them lightly crisp exteriors.
But you can also bake them for a healthier treat.
And all you need on the side is a light and creamy dip like baba ganoush.
Why we love this recipe: most people won’t have tried these before, so it’ll be something new.
Grilled chicken shawarma
This shawarma isn’t made in the traditional way, but it’s an excellent alternative.
The key to perfecting this dish lies in soaking the chicken for at least 12 hours in the spiced marinade to achieve maximum juiciness and flavor.
Stuff this grilled chicken shawarma in warm pita bread and add a dollop of baba ganoush for a handy and delicious meal.
Why we love this recipe: everyone will be lining up for second helpings.
Za’atar spiced chickpea crackers
Craving something crunchy? Skip the chips and try these chickpea crackers instead.
They’re made with chickpea flour, which is loaded with protein, fiber, and iron – plus, it’s gluten-free.
Psst… can’t find it? You can make your own with this recipe.
These crackers are topped with za’atar, which gives them a herby flavor that works well with some baba ganoush.
Why we love this recipe: they can be stored for four days (if they last that long).
Grilled veggie platter
Tired of the usual raw vegetable platters? Change things up a bit and serve grilled veggies instead.
Grilling brings out the vegetables natural sweetness and adds a nice smoky flavor.
Plate them up with a variety of dips. Tzatziki and hummus will work great alongside your baba ganoush.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a good way to use up leftover vegetables.
Unlike other kinds of cheese, halloumi has a high melting point, which means it can hold its shape under high heat and you can use it to make fries!
And the best part? The whole thing only takes 20 minutes to get on the table, frying included.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great party snack or starter.
The best side dishes to serve with baba ganoush
- Sourdough pita bread
- Stuffed grape leaves
- Kibbeh balls
- Grilled chicken shawarma
- Za’atar spiced chickpea crackers
- Grilled veggie platter
- Halloumi fries
What To Serve With Baba Ganoush
- 1 portion baba ganoush
- Prepare your baba ganoush according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: falafels, sourdough pita bread, stuffed grape leaves, seared lamb loin chops, kibbeh balls, grilled chicken shawarma, za’atar spiced chickpea crackers, grilled veggie platter, and halloumi fries.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!