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Jamaican Eggplant Jerk & Watermelon Salad Recipe

Jamaican Eggplant Jerk & Watermelon Salad Vegan Recipe

Image: Adam Guthrie

This vegan recipe uses classic Jamaican flavours that balance the sweet with the spicy. The perfect meal for family sharing or entertaining with friends.

Makes: 8 pieces




  • Eggplant Jerk
  • 2 large eggplants
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric or 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 long fresh red chill, chopped
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ lime juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • Watermelon Salad
  • ½ watermelon, skin removed
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • Juice 1 lime
  1. Heat an oven to 180°C. Slice the eggplant into 5cm thick rounds, place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20 mins or until soft.
  2. Meanwhile, place all the other eggplant jerk ingredients in a blender and blend to a sauce, then place in a large bowl.
  3. Heat a grill plate or barbecue, then remove the eggplant from the oven and place the eggplant pieces in the sauce bowl. Once covered, remove the eggplant pieces and place them on the grill. Cook until char lines are formed on both sides.
  4. Cut the watermelon into bite size pieces, roughly chop the mint. Place both into a bowl, squeeze over the lime juice and mix well.
  5. To serve, slice the eggplant into strips and place on a board. Serve the remaining sauce from the eggplant and the watermelon in separate bowls. Place all on a table and let everyone help themselves.


Adam Guthrie

Adam is a vegan whose passion for food began with a life-threatening illness and continues today in a lifestyle built around healthy cooking and eating. Adam is a qualified chef and wellness coach who specialises in a wholefood, plant-based diet. Adam shares how to prepare delicious, healthy food for health, energy and vitality. He conducts online healthy eating and wellness programs and gives keynote talks, live cooking demonstrations and cooking classes on the subject of healthy eating and living well.