Eggplant Chips with Cilantro Pesto


Total Time:

35 minutes



This years Summer Fest is kicking off with a celebration of all things Eggplant and I couldn’t be more excited! My love for eggplant start a few years ago with Eggplant Parmesan, I mean really, who doesn’t love anything smothered with mozzarella cheese? And has since grown into an absolute obsession with all things eggplant! Strolling through the Santa Monica’s farmers market one can see how many different kinds of eggplant there are! White Eggplant, Baby Eggplant, the stripy purple and white eggplant called Rosa Bianca… and my personal favorite, the Japanese Eggplant. They happen to have a thinner skin and sweeter flavor and I love ’em.


This past weekend I picked up a few slender Japanese Eggplants from the farmers market and decided to make Eggplant Chips! I thinly sliced the eggplants, making sure to keep the skin in tact, because I like the color! You can easily take the skin off if it’s not your thing. Then I liberally salted them and let them sit for an hour or so to get some of the water out….

I then brushed them with a paprika and garlic infused olive oil, and baked these for about 30 minutes until they were just slightly crisp but not yet burnt. And to compliment the Eggplant Chips, I made a Cashew and Cilantro Pesto! The pesto can easily be adapted if you would rather use pine nuts or another favorite nut, but cashews happen to be my most recent obsession. I eat bagfuls by the day. I can’t believe I went 25 years without eating Cashews – I’ve gotta make up for lost time!

Summer Fest: Eggplant Chips with Cilantro Pesto

Gaby Dalkin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups fresh cilantro packed
  • 1/3 cup cashews un-roasted and unsalted
  • 2 cloves garlic skin removed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil + 3 tbsp
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese grated
  • 4 Japanese eggplants thinly sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • extra salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine the cilantro, cashews and 2 cloves of garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Stream in 1/2 cup olive oil while the food processor is on, making sure to scrape down the sides once fully incorporated. Add the Asiago cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper and combine. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed and set aside.
  • Slice the eggplants into 1/3 inch thick rounds and lay onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the salt over the eggplant and let sit for about an hour.
  • Using a paper towel, blot off the salt and water and place back onto parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the remaining olive oil, paprika and garlic salt in a small bowl. Using a small brush, brush the olive oil mixture onto both sides of the eggplant.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the eggplant as you don't want to let it burn.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with finishing salt and serve immediately with the Cashew Cilantro Pesto Dipping Sauce.

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  1. Erin

    I love this! Eggplant chips, how amazing is that? And cilantro pesto? Yum!

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  3. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique

    These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  4. JulieD

    Wow, the eggplant chips look amazing! I love the idea of a cilantro pesto!

  5. Lori Lynn

    Hi Gaby – I am so glad to be introduced to your blog through Summer Fest. Your eggplant chips look wonderful, especially love the color. Great addition to the fest!

    I live in LA too, and go to the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Palos Verdes…

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    i love summer fest…i always get so many amazing recipe ideas. your eggplant chips look delicious! cannot wait to try…

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  7. Monika

    I love all things eggplant and cilantro! These look fantastic!

  8. Heather @ Heather’s Dish

    This may be the only way to get me to eat eggplant and like it!

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Gaby these look awesome! I need to really COOK eggplant well in order to like it or have it turn out like you did. Will be trying this next time.

    And cashews, yes! They are amazing. I use them in soooo many raw/vegan unbaking dessert projects from raw vegan cheesecake as the filling to raw vegan kale chips as the coating. I was just posting the other day that I really dont like nuts….except for cashews IN recipes and of course, nuts as Peanut butter 🙂

  10. Kate @ Savour Fare

    Oh, I love these. The pizzeria across the street from our last NYC apartment used to have the best eggplant chips appetizer –I’m totally stealing your method (though I thik theirs were battered and fried)

  11. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    I love eggplant too! Definitely one of my favorite veggies! I’ve never thought to make chips. These look great. Especially with yummy dipping sauce!

  12. Shelby

    These are so unique – and I love the look and sound of the recipe! YUM!

  13. sherice potter

    I too love eggplant and have since I was little and beets too. I will make some of these with some beet chips!! oh yummmmm

  14. Jun

    Never thought of having eggplant this way before. Can’t wait to try!

  15. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    What a great idea — eggplant is definitely one of my fav veggies.

  16. Heather Christo

    beautiful Gaby! I am only sometimes a fan of eggplant, but in chip form I can’t argue 🙂

  17. [email protected]

    What a wonderful idea! I love eggplants, but never thought to make them into chips. I would love to snack on these… much better than snacking on my Doritos!

  18. Lisa

    Give me eggplants any day! This sounds wonderful and I will definitely make it.

  19. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}

    Ooo, I am SO excited to make these! I have an eggplant and I just couldn’t decide what to do with it! Delicious

  20. Aggie

    oh my goodness these look amazing!! I am growing Japanese eggplant this year so next couple I get are turning into these!!

  21. Madison

    Wow, that looks delicious! I have some beautiful eggplants waiting for me at home, and now I know what to do with them.

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  23. Kathy – Panini Happy

    Neat! I’ve been looking for a way to break in my new mandoline. 🙂

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    I love this idea! I was just wondering last night if it could be done and now I know it can 🙂 I know what I’m doing with my left over eggplant! Mmmm

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  26. Lee Anne

    Sounds so yummy, this is a must try recipe! Love your site Gaby.

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  28. miri leigh

    I happen to LOVE eggplant too…….I will be making this very soon. Thanks for the great recipe.

  29. patty

    i love eggplant and look forward to trying these…how do you go from almost done to not burning…i seem to always miss that sweet spot…thank you

  30. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}

    I love eggplant. I’ll try this recipe when my eggplants grow in the garden soon. Can’t wait!

  31. Emily M

    I made these on Friday, and they were a huge hit! I am sending someone a link to you site today so they can have the recipe too. 🙂
    BUT… my eggplant slices didn’t get crispy. I swear I cut them the size you said, and even after turning up the oven and leaving them in there longer, they were still pretty soft. Any tips???

    Thanks for GREAT site!! (@EPMaxwell)

  32. Emily @ Mouth of the Border

    Delicious-looking, Gaby! Think I’ll try this one out soon.

  33. Farmgirl Susan

    This looks so good! I’ve never thought to make eggplant chips – what a great idea. And I bet the cilantro pesto tastes fantastic. I’m definitely going to make some for my cilantro crazed foodie mom the next time she visits the farm. Thanks for the delicious inspiration. 🙂

  34. Mich

    YUM! I love eggplant, and a crunchy eggplant with dip sounds even more delicious. Maybe my husband will like this version of the eggplant since I can’t get him to eat the mushier kind…THANKS!

  35. The Bird Cage

    This came out perfect and delicious, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I enjoyed it during a relaxed family BBQ tonight! I put some garlic powder in half the batch and paprika in the other half. Wondefull!

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  37. Jen (The Domestic Diva)

    Wow, Gaby, this looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it in my kitchen. Eggplant chips? Who would have ever thought of that? But I can see how they’d turn out fabulous. Hope you’re well!


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  38. Cindy

    Made the chips last week. Excellent! I sliced them thinner than 1/3 inch.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Emma Jayne

    I am always looking for low GI snacks and had never thought of eggplant chips before. Great idea, I have half an eggplant in the fridge so will definitely be giving them a go.