This vegan Ratatouille Tian is a combination of two easy French dishes, and is perfect for flavorful vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, and summer squash.
As summer heat hits at full blast– the vegetables in my garden are happily growing bigger and bigger.
The baskets of tomatoes, summer squash, and other veggies and herbs at the farmer’s market are also overflowing– and this all makes me extremely happy.
One of my favorite ways to use the veggies is in this simple, delicious, and vegan Ratatouille Tian.
What is Ratatouille?
Ratatouille is a French vegetable dish that features eggplant, summer squash, and tomatoes. Traditionally, it’s served as a stew, but here we’re switching things up!
What is a Tian?
A tian is a layered French vegetable dish where veggies are carefully arranged in a casserole dish, and then roasted until tender.
For this vegan ratatouille tian, we’re using the classic ratatouille veggies, and arranging them gorgeously into a tian.
Should I Use a Mandolin to Cut the Vegetables?
Maybe. A mandolin is a vegetable slicing tool that will help you cut the vegetables evenly and more quickly.
However, if you don’t have a mandolin, or if you (like me) are somewhat incompetent with this extra-sharp (and possibly scary) tool– stick with a well-sharpened chef’s knife.
Can I Make This Ahead of Time?
Up to one day ahead: Slice the veggies and arrange them in the dish. Cover the dish and refrigerate.
Wait and roast the veggies until about 45 minutes before serving.
I’m Missing one of the Veggies. Can I Substitute?
Yes! Swap any of the vegetables in this dish for more of one of the other veggies. This dish is also delicious with bell pepper and onion added.
Is it Hard to Layer the veggies for this vegan Ratatouille Tian?
No, but it does take a little bit of time to arrange them gorgeously.
Arrange the veggies concentrically, alternating vegetables as you go. If you have extra veggies, you can add them into the layers.
No time to make the concentric layers? You can also arrange your veggies in rows.
Want more FRENCH FOOD? Try these:
Want a MAIN DISH to pair with this side? Try these:
Vegan Ratatouille Tian
- 1 cups tomato sauce
- 1 TB olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 sprigs fresh herbs (like oregano, basil, thyme), plus more for garnish
- 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced (or 3 medium tomatoes)
- 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 yellow squash, thinly sliced
- 1 eggplant, thinly sliced
- For serving: couscous or crusty white bread, yogurt (vegan or dairy) (Use cauliflower rice for low carb option)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Pour tomato sauce into the bottom of a medium-size baking dish. Add 1 TB oil, salt, and fresh herbs.
- Gather your sliced veggies (tomato, zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant). Beginning at the outer edge of the baking dish, start layering the veggies concentrically towards the center.
- Cover with parchment paper, and roast about 45 minutes. Vegetables should be wilted but not brown.
- Serve ratatouille with more fresh herbs, couscous or crusty bread, and optional yogurt.
- Change the veggies: Swap bell peppers or onions for one of the vegetables in the recipe
- (Not vegan) Add cheese: Sprinkle with goat cheese, parmesan, or feta before serving