As summertime kicks into full gear, it marks the migration from the kitchen to the grill. Who wants to heat up the house with a hot stove!
One of my favorite things to do on the grill is fresh vegetables. Now that many are coming into season it’s time for making the most of them on the grill! I got quite a few zucchini in my last two CSA shares and there is nothing better than slicing them on the diagonally into thick pieces, rubbing them with some olive oil, and throwing them on the grill. My other favorites are bell peppers, eggplant, asparagus, onions, mushrooms and even tomatoes.
Once I cut them into grill ready pieces, I take a sheet or two of paper towel and my favorite olive oil and rub them all down. Not too much olive oil mind you, you don’t want flare ups. But enough to get grill marks and add that delish flavor (plus it keeps them from sticking to the grill!). I grill them to the color and texture I like then remove them from the grill into a bowl. I add salt and pepper and – balsamic vinegar to them. It couldn’t taste better! I sometimes add a little more olive oil and if I’m feeling really crazy, I sprinkle them with fresh ground parmesan cheese. Oh la la la la as they say in Paris. Tres magnifique!!!
These veggies make the perfect side dish for any meal. The rainbow of colors and the flavors create a visually exciting dish that people can’t wait to eat. And the pieces are big enough that if there is a particular vegetable that someone doesn’t like, they can pick around it.
Another great example is simple is delicious! AND the fresher the vegetables the better. When using few ingredients, use the best you can find. It makes a huge difference!
I can’t wait for corn to come into season!!!
looks divine! I LOVE grilling veggies. I even cut them up once they are done and throw them together to make a grilled veggie salad. Absolutely delish 🙂
I would love for you to share this post in my weekly CSA link party…http://inherchucks.com/2012/06/06/whats-in-the-box-29/. Hope to see you there 🙂
Thanks for your feedback and tips. So very true. I have posted to your CSA party link. Thanks for including me!
Thanks for participating! Looking forward to seeing a post on your grilled corn later in the season 🙂
If you make extra of different kinds the leftovers are great stir-fried as side dish for another meal!
So true and a great tip. Thanks for sharing!
What kind of grill do you have?? I want one of those big green eggs but it’s sooo expensive maybe one day.
I actually have two grills. I have a Weber charcoal grill and I have a gas grill too. When I have the time, I prefer to use my charcoal grill, it gives better flavor and control. The round shape of the Weber grill provides more even heat distribution as well. The gas grill is convenient for a quick burger and especially in the winter when you don’t want to build a fire in the charcoal grill.