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.
How to Grill Vegetables
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!
Tips for Making Grilled Vegetables
You will want to keep these things in mind when making any kind of veggies on the grill.
- Remember that this recipe is more of a how to grill vegetables than a straight up recipe. Mix it up with all your favorite veggies, spices, and herbs to create delicious grilled veggies for all your summer meals.
- In my opinion, grilled veggies make great leftovers for salads, wraps, and quesadillas. I also make a double batch, so I can munch on them during the week.
- You can grill your vegetables either in a grill basket or directly on the grill. I prefer a basket since it means you won't lose any veggies through the grates of the grill, but they come out delicious directly on the grill as well. Just make sure slice them into larger pieces for easier flipping.
- It is important to remember that grilling vegetables does not take long. So, if you’re grilling other meats or foods you should not start these vegetables until you are about 15 minutes away from being ready to eat. You can cook them earlier if you want, you will just want to find a way to keep them warm like placing them in the oven. But who wants to turn on the oven when you’re grilling?
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.
Change It Up
Looking for more grilled vegetable recipes? Change up this recipe with these other veggie grill options.
- Garlic Grilled Broccoli
- Grilled Butternut Squash
- Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta
- Grilled Lemon Pepper Zucchini
- Charred Corn with Chili and Lime
- More grilled vegetable side dishes
Other Veggies to Try
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.
When it comes to grilling, and most cooking, the tools of the trade are important. Here are some of the tools I used to cook this recipe.
- Grill basket: As I mentioned, I love using a grill basket for cooking vegetables and smaller items on the grill since it means you don't lose anything through the grates of the grill. This is one I have at home and it works great. It's nonstick and has held up after tons of use.
- Grill-grade tongs. This may seem like a bit much, but if you have burned your hands on a grill before from not having long enough tools, you will only make that mistake once! Long handled tongs are great for using on vegetables and even meat products when you’re grilling.
- High quality balsamic vinegar: Since the balsamic vinegar is one of the main flavors in this recipe, it's really important to choose a high quality one that will pack in the flavor and bring the right amount of sweetness and tartness. This doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune though. Personally I usually buy the Whole Foods 365 Aged Balsamic Vinegar and also enjoy this one and this one.
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- 2 cups asparagus
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 U zucchini, sliced
- 1 U summer squash, sliced
- 1 U red onion, sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or a clove fresh garlic)
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- Salt and pepper
- Toss the vegetables with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Place in a grill basket or directly on the grill. If grilling directly, slice the veggies into larger pieces to make for easier flipping. Grill for about 5 minutes and either shake the grill basket or flip the veggies. Grill 4-5 minutes longer until tender.
- Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh herbs, or cheese.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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