From artichokes to zucchini, here are some simple grilled vegetable recipes that make a single, well-prepared veggie the star of the show.
It’s officially grilling season here in the upper Midwest, and that means finding ways to cook anything and everything possible outdoors.
Thread it onto skewers, wrap it in foil, or slap it straight onto the grill–if it needs cooking, it’s fair game.
My husband (I’ll call him “Dr. Nixie”) loves grilling so much that he’s even been known to do it in the winter. His specialties are fish and steaks, but he can also sling a mean veggie kabob, corn on the cob, or whatever other side dish is required.
This summer, we’re looking to expand our culinary horizons (I pitch in by doing some of the prep work) and get more veggies into our diets. So as the fresh local asparagus, corn, summer squash, and other produce starts showing up at the Farmers Market, we’ll be trying out ways to add it to our grilling repertoire.
In upcoming posts, I’ll be sharing other grilling recipes that feature combinations of different veggies. But today I wanted to keep it simple, so I’m focusing on grilled vegetable recipes that make a single, well-prepared veggie the star of the show.
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10 simple grilled vegetable recipes
1. Grilled artichokes
Part of the fun of artichokes is that you get to eat them with your fingers. Don’t tell the kids, but they’re also good for them (and you), because they’re packed with antioxidants. Boil or steam artichokes first, then grill to bring out that sweet flavor. (via Caroline’s Cooking)
2. Grilled asparagus
Asparagus and grilling were made for each other. Grilled asparagus tastes much better than steamed, cooks up in just a few minutes, and doesn’t require one of those fancy-schmancy tall pots. (via The Recipe Critic)
3. Grilled cheesy garlic potatoes
Even vegetable haters tend to love potatoes, especially potatoes covered with cheese. Bonus: Grilling potatoes (or anything else) in a foil packet eliminates messy kitchen cleanup. (via Ready to Yumble)
4. Grilled avocados
One of the big challenges of cooking with avocados is keeping them from turning brown once they’re cut open. This recipe solves that problem: When slathered liberally with olive oil and then grilled, halved or sliced avocados will keep in the fridge for several days. (via The Fit Fork)
5. Grilled Brussels sprouts
Microwave these tough little guys for a few minutes before grilling to give them a head start. A balsamic vinegar and brown sugar glaze is the finishing touch that transforms the often-despised Brussels sprout into a sweet, tender temptation. (via Homemade Wonders)
6. Grilled sweet potatoes
I have to admit this dramatic photo caught my eye for its own sake. But I’m also a sweet potato lover, so adding this one to our collection of grilled vegetable recipes was a no-brainer. Grilling brings out the sweetness in sweet potatoes, and a coating of vinaigrette–like this cilantro lime dressing–provides a tart balance. (via Simply Recipes)
7. Grilled zucchini ribbons with Sriracha marinade
This is one of the most original zucchini recipes I’ve come across lately. The marinade is an amazing mixture of Sriracha sauce, garlic, coconut oil, maple syrup, and fresh thyme. If you like it hot, this recipe is definitely for you! (via The Greedy Vegan)
8. Olive oil Parmesan grilled corn
A combination of extra virgin olive oil, basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese give this grilled corn on the cob recipe a distinctly Mediterranean edge. (We’re also loving the trend of grilled Mexican street corn, or elotes, and we’ve found some interesting takes on it online. But our quest for a truly authentic version is still in progress.) (via Fit Foodie Finds)
9. Grilled teriyaki cauliflower steaks with Asian gremolata
This fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisine is truly inspired. Gremolata is a traditional Italian lemon and herb topping. This recipe adds a nontraditional ingredient, brown sugar, to complement the teriyaki marinade. (via Foodie Crush)
10. Balsamic garlic grilled mushroom skewers
Yes, I know: Mushrooms aren’t really vegetables. But these mouth-watering beauties were just too tempting to pass up. It’s hard to go wrong with balsamic vinegar and garlic in any grilled vegetable recipe, but mushrooms really show off the flavors, especially when you add a little soy sauce to the mix. Sprinkle with a little fresh cilantro from the garden for a tasty garnish. (via Closet Cooking)
Finally, make sure you’re equipped with the right tools for perfect grilling. Here are some popular options: