Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Grilled Vegetables

grilling vegetables made easy

by Karen

in Side Dishes | Vegetables

Summertime veggies bring a healthy joy to our day, and what better way to enjoy them, than grilled. I promised you everything you’ll ever need to know about grilled veggies and I hope this does the trick.

First I’ll share with you a timing chart that I find helpful; then I’ll share one of my favorite, lip-smackin delicious grilled veggie recipes; and finally, I’ll share a video from Giada De Laurentiis that shows how simple it is to grill your veggies indoors. Whether you grill your veggies on the barbie (my  favorite way) or inside on the stove, they’re sure to be a hit with your family.

Timing Your Grilled Vegetables Like a Pro

From hardy vegetables like broccoli to delicate slices of garden-fresh tomatoes, it’s hard to coordinate an assortment of perfectly cooked veg.  Let this handy guide help you.  (Psst! flip the hardiest veggies once about halfway through).

Cauliflower and broccoli florets, broccolini stalks, 1-inch-thick rings of acorn squash…

  • 10 To 12 Minutes

Whole shallots, bell pepper halves…

  • 8 To 10 Minutes

Asparagus spears, halved leeks, whole mini peppers, 1-inch-thick slices of zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant…

  • 5 To 7 Minutes

Whole mushrooms, onion rounds, whole small tomatoes…

  • 4 Minutes

Here is one of my favorite ways to do a quick and easy grill on the barbie.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 packed tbsp fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp chile powder
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 6 cups sliced vegetables (such as summer squash, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, safflower, sunflower or grape seed oil
  • coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS:
Step One:  Prepare vinaigrette:  In a medium non-reactive bowl, jar or blender, combine lime juice, cilantro, ginger, honey and chile powder.  Whisk, shake or blend ingredients until combined.  Add 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and whisk, shake or blend to combine.  Add remaining 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and sesame oil.  Whisk, shake or blend until oils are well incorporated and emulsified.

 

Step Two:  Preheat grill to medium high.  In a large bowl, gently toss vegetables, olive oil, salt and black pepper.  Add vegetables to grill and cook until tender, flipping half way, until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes for denser vegetables. (Tip:  Add denser vegetables such as bell peppers and potatoes to the grill first.  After a few minutes add the tender vegetables such as squash and onions, and cook to desired doneness.)

 

Step Three:  Arrange vegetables on a large platter.  If vinaigrette has separated, whisk, shake or blend to re-emulsify.  Drizzle over vegetables and serve immediately.

Watch As Giada Shows You How Easy it is to Grill Your Fave Veggies Indoors!

 

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