Spiral Vegetable Tian

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Spiral Vegetable Tian

A vegetable tian is a composite of roasted vegetables layered attractively in a shallow dish. Sometimes a little cheese is added on the top. The vegetables are usually sliced into coins and arranged in an alternating manner to form a colorful display. This beautiful dish uses the abundance of summer vegetables like zucchinis, summer squashes, eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and herbs. Ingredients may be adjusted to suit one’s preference.

Of late vegetable tarts have also been appearing on the scene. These tarts are equally attractive with basically the same vegetables wrapped into a spiral display. I was really captivated with the presentation and told myself that I will most definitely make a Spiral Vegetable Tian before summer is out.

Spiral Vegetable Tian

I managed to buy some small to medium sized eggplants at the Asian grocery store this past weekend. Together with my bounty from the farmer’s market, I had everything needed for these individual Spiral Vegetable Tians. Since I was not using any tomatoes or potatoes, I sliced the vegetables into strips and went with the spiral display.

Spiral Vegetable Tian

The outcome was not only pleasing but delicious as well. The vegetables were well cooked but not mushy. The individual serving was sufficient for a light lunch. This would be a perfect salad for the colder days ahead.

Spiral Vegetable Tian

Even though I did not place a foil on the vegetables, they were still moist and flavorful without too much liquid at the base of the dish. A little parmesan cheese may be added at the final 10 minutes of baking if desired. This recipe was loosely adapted from Barefoot in Paris.

Spiral Vegetable Tian

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Spiral Vegetable Tian


  • 2 small eggplants, sliced into strips length-wise
  • 1 medium sized onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into strips length-wise
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced into strips length-wise
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp dried dill weed


Prepare two individual 5-inch pie plates. Place eggplant strips in a bowl. Sprinkle some salt over the strips and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and drain.

Saute onions in a medium sized pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil for about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and continue to sauté for another minute. Remove and divide evenly between the two individual 5-inch pie dishes.

Roll a strip of eggplant into a tight circle, then wrap a strip of yellow squash around that followed by a strip of zucchini. Continue wrapping and alternating the vegetables until you can’t hold it in your palm any more. Place it in the pie dish on top of the cooked onions and garlic while still holding on so that vegetables do not unravel. Continue wrapping and alternating the vegetables in the pie dish until it is filled and vegetables are tightly packed.

Shave or sprinkle salt and pepper onto vegetables.

Combine the 2 remaining tablespoons of olive oil, dried thyme, and dried dill weed in a small boil. Drizzle onto vegetables.

Place both pie dishes on a baking tray and bake in a pre-heated 375°F (190°C) oven for 30 minutes.

Remove and serve immediately.


Spiral Vegetable Tian

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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21 Responses

  1. ping says:

    That is simply gorgeous! And so delicious … all of my favorite veges.

  2. Beautiful, tasty and healthy! One amazing dish, Biren!

  3. Baby Sumo says:

    What a beautiful way of serving vegetables. I think this would be great with Sunday Roast (which my family loves!).

  4. How gorgeous -a very inventive way of presenting vegetables. At first glance I thought it was a multi coloured sausage *hehe*

  5. this is wayyyyyyy better than the one I did. like it looks so darn good and beautiful. I love the presentation of the veggies in spiral form instead of medallions. LOVE everything about this

  6. These are absolutely gorgeous! And fresh and delicious! I love the idea of changing up a vegetable dish by making it pretty. Wonderful presentation!

  7. Ramona says:

    That is such a clever idea! Spiral is the way to go I think. It looks like a flower.

  8. what an elegant dish! love all the veggies. what is the meaning of tian?

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Shannon!

      A tian actually refers to a conical earthenware cooking vessel made from red clay used for cooking in the Provence or Alps regions of France. Traditional it is more like a braise vegetable stew. What we see today is the “modern” version done in a shallow dish. To read more, please click here.

  9. Julie M. says:

    What a beautifully composed dish Biren! It’s such an exquisite showcase of autumn vegetables. Thanks for sharing another amazing creation. :)

  10. I have seen many spiral, vertically layered tarts and tians around the food blogosphere too! So often on Pinterest lately, actually, that when I landed here and saw the thumbnail for your latest post, I was momentarily disoriented and thought I had unintentionally landed in Pinterest instead LOLOLOL

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! If I were having dinner at your place, I’m sorry but I would need one tian, all to myself!! I love veggies and the selection you’ve made includes some of my favourites. Lovely, just lovely for fall :)

  11. Raymund says:

    Thats a nice looking vegetable dish, well presented

  12. Very colourful and beautiful! I love this veggie tian!

  13. Jeannie says:

    THose are so beautiful! and they are vegetables, healthy!:D I like!

  14. These tians are so beautiful looking and so healthy! Sometimes, foods that look good may not be good for you, but this dish has both! I love it!

  15. kitchenriffs says:

    Beautiful dish! This would be great for company. And it’s a nice – and unusual – way to use seasonal veggies. Good stuff – thanks.

  16. mjskit says:

    What a gorgeous dish! I saw another of these recently and was as captivated with that one as I am with yours! It’s beautiful! I bet it did make a wonderful lunch. I like the way you made the individual servings. I would think that it would make the assembly process easier. Great dish!!

  17. PolaM says:

    these look so good! I once made a tart with a similar decor, but I will definitely have to try this!

  18. Lyndsey says:

    This is so cool! I love how it looks and I love that it is baked and what a wonderful presentation it makes. I’ll bet you could do a big one for the Thanksgiving table! :)

  19. Barbara says:

    Gorgeous! I try to cook healthy and pretty dishes for myself. This I would love to share with friends!

  20. Elin says:

    Biren, this looks good . Thanks for sharing…I love veggies and this is one good way to prepare them :)

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