These easy grilled vegetables with zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, red onion, and tomatoes seasoned with balsamic vinegar are the perfect side. You can change it up to add any of your personal favorite vegetables.
Easy Grilled Vegetables can be found on our plates pretty much all year long, but especially during summer months when we spend all our time outside. This simple recipe can be made with any combination of veggies and comes together in about 15 minutes.
I am always shocked when I meet someone who hasn't tried cooking veggies on the grill since in my opinion, it is hands down one of the best ways to make any vegetable. It is also my favorite way to change someone's mind about a veggie they don't think they like. This happened to me last summer when my Dad shrugged in disapproval at the bundles of asparagus I brought home to go with dinner. He adamantly claimed that asparagus just wasn’t his thing. That was until I threw them on the grill with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. He went back for a second helping and requested them again a few nights later. I am telling you. Grilled veggies are where it’s at.
Now when it comes to this recipe, think about it more as a guide than a specific recipe. You can change out the vegetables for whatever you have on hand or looks great at the market. You can also add in whatever spices or herbs you have to mix up the flavor combination and you can always finish with citrus, fresh herbs, a drizzle of vinegar, or a sprinkling of your favorite cheese. You can also cook it as the recipe indicates in a grill basket or opt to cook them directly on the grill. The benefit of a grill basket is that you don't lose any veggies but both methods work great.
When you’re ready to give grilled vegetables a shot follow these simple directions. Pick out the best veggies to grill, in this case that would be zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, red onion, and tomatoes. Wash your veggies and allow them to dry. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Place your prepped veggies in a grill basket or directly on the grill. If you are grilling them directly, it is best to slice the veggies into larger pieces. This makes for easier flipping. Grill them for about 5 minutes and either shake the grill basket or flip the veggies. Grill for about 4-5 minutes longer until tender. Season the grilled veggies with additional salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh herbs, or cheese. Your summer grill guests are sure to be amazed at this veggie grill you have created!
You will want to keep these things in mind when making any kind of veggies on the grill.
If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to begin preparing some foods because you assume they won’t take long. While prepping these vegetables doesn’t take long at all, that’s part of the beauty of a vegetable grill, it is easy to put off the washing, drying and peeling that you may need to do. With that in mind, if you know this weekend you are going to be grilling with friends or family, go ahead and get all the prepping done when you’re free. It’ll save you time and give you more time to hang out with loved ones.
Looking for more grilled vegetable recipes? Change up this recipe with these other veggie grill options.
While I believe the veggies in this recipe are the best veggies to grill, there are many others you can try. Consider using corn, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, or even green beans.
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