Last updated February 1, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Ajvar Dip

Ajvar dip

This Eastern European dip is full of healthy veggies, herbs and spices. You can use it as a dip or as an accompaniment to many of your favorite meat and pasta dishes. Try pairing it with some healthy buckwheat ravioli for a delicious, Balkan-inspired meal.

This is a great example of how you can make meals with strong, delicious flavors on the Candida diet. There’s no need to add sugar or sweeteners to every meal when there is such a wealth of herbs, spices, seasonings, and tasty fresh foods to savor.

If you make a little extra ajvar, store it in a sealed container in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Even better, you can make a larger batch and keep some frozen for when you need it, or for a tasty dip at parties. Ajvar is one for that your guests are unlikely to have tried before. Enjoy!

4 from 32 votes
Ajvar dip
Ajvar Dip
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 114 kcal
Author: Lisa Richards
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • ¼ cup parsley, finely minced
  • 2 Tbsps. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
  2. Place eggplant and peppers on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until skins begin to blacken, about 30 minutes. Place roasted vegetables in a plastic bag or in a covered bowl, let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Peel skins off roasted vegetables, then place them into the bowl of a food processor along with the garlic, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Process all ingredients until mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve ajvar with a sprinkle of minced parsley. Store in a sealed container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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  1. Grace Gutierrez says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I use it for a dipping sauce, pasta sauce, even just a condiment on plain things like quinoa or brown rice, (depending on your candida diet stage). Highly Recommended!

  2. Angelique says:

    3 stars
    This didn’t have a very intense flavor. If I make it again I’ll add another pepper, and I might try roasting the peppers, pureeing, then simmering to yield a more dense sauce, then putting into the food processor with the roast eggplant and other ingredients.

    1. Ivana says:

      5 stars
      I knew it wouldn’t be intense enough for me so I added another two cloves of garlic and some cayenne pepper and it turned out great.

  3. Tiley says:

    surprised to find the aivar here

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