These charred vegetable recipes are perfect for summer and here just in time for Father’s Day! Dads can grill their favorite veggies outside, while the rest of the family swims and enjoys a beautiful June day. Grilling vegetables is easy and a great way to make your meal a bit more fun–especially if you put the veggies on skewers. Almost any vegetable that you would roast can be grilled–carrots, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant. You name it! Pair them with a classic grilled pineapple for a perfect Father’s Day meal.
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1. Sweet Sriracha Glazed Grilled Carrots
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Grilled carrots with a sweet and spicy glaze are sure to make your tummy happy! These carrots make the perfect side dish, but who’s to say no if you want to simply have them all to yourself? This recipe for Sweet Sriracha Glazed Grilled Carrots by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD makes getting in those extra veggies a breeze!
2. Grilled Eggplant Stack With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
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Kick off your summer cookout with this deliciously tasty and easy-to-make Grilled Eggplant Stack With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce by Taryn Fitz-Gerald! Sliced eggplant is seasoned with paprika and then grilled until it begins to crisp. It’s layered with a savory roasted red pepper sauce and served with simple sides of corn and sliced avocado.
3. Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream)
Source: Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream)
Maíz is an invention created by our Mexican ancestors, and it is one of the most culturally relevant ingredients that has spawned over 6 varieties and more than 500 seed varieties. Nothing compares to the slightly sweet and mostly savory flavor of freshly grilled sweet corn, especially when you add heaps of crema and ground chile California. Cut the corn off the cob, and present it family style or in cups—esquite style!
This recipe for Esquite con Crema (Grilled Corn and Cream) is reprinted with permission from La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Zohra Banon
4. Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic and Basil
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Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic and Basil by Daniela Modesto! Indulge in this quick, easy, and healthy recipe!
5. Grilled Baby Potatoes
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These Grilled Baby Potatoes by Nita Ragoonanan make a great side to any dish!
6. Hot n’ Spicy Mexican Street Corn
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Grilled sweet corn sprinkled with cayenne pepper, drizzled with chipotle-spiked sauce, and topped with fresh cilantro … it’s one spicy bite! Traditional street corn is served with cotija cheese, a seasonal cheese named after a town in Mexico. Beware, this sauce is hot, hot, hot … so go lightly if you’re not ready for the heat! You have to try this Hot n’ Spicy Mexican Street Corn by Crissy Cavanaugh!
7. Grilled Asparagus on Toast With Broad Bean Pesto
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Such a delicious dish! And so easy to assemble! This Grilled Asparagus on Toast With Broad Bean Pesto by Simona Malerba is fantastic!
8. Grilled Apricot and Endive Salad With Apricot-Mint Dressing
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For a delicate dish with citrusy notes, look no further than this Grilled Apricot and Endive Salad With Apricot-Mint Dressing by Sabrina Russo. Set atop a bed of baby spinach, the bitterness of the endives balances perfectly with the sweet apricots, and the apricot-mint dressing ties the whole dish together.
9. Marinated Tofu Veggie Kebabs
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These Marinated Tofu Veggie Kebabs by Sarah Creighton are wonderful to toss on the grill and enjoy at the start of the summer!
10. Grilled Eggplant With Lemon Basil Drizzle
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This Grilled Eggplant With Lemon Basil Drizzle by Taryn Fitz-Gerald makes a delicious light option for lunch, dinner, or a side dish. Eggplant slices are seasoned with only salt and then grilled until tender — the real flavor comes from the easy lemon basil dressing. The flavors complement each other superbly. Open to other possibilities such as being wrapped up and stuffed with your favorite fillings, like cashew ricotta
11. Grilled Artichokes With Garlicky Dip
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The only thing better than warm, lemony grilled artichokes? Artichokes dipped in a delicious aioli (fancy dip) of course! You will love these Grilled Artichokes With Garlicky Dip by Heather Larson!
12. Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing
Source: Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing
This Grilled Zucchini and Corn Quinoa Salad With Toasted Pepitas and Lemon Mint Dressing by Viktoria Radichkova is loaded with grilled zucchini, corn, and onions, bursts with sweet and citrus flavors, and a fresh mint aroma. The roasting intensifies the sweetness of the onions and corn, which complement each other, and the slightly charred flavors they get from the grill. The freshness of the lemon and mint cut through and brightens the overall flavors. And for substance, there is cooked quinoa and salty, crunchy, toasted pepitas. It’s not only quite delicious but also filling and satisfying. It keeps well in the fridge, and you can just freshen it up with more lemon juice and mint the next day
13. Grilled Asparagus and Smoked Tofu Benedict
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This vegan version of eggs benedict is everything that you would expect from this classic brunch dish and more. The smokey tofu and grilled asparagus provide a perfect foundation upon which a luxurious, creamy, dairy-free hollandaise sauce is poured. You will love Rebekah Waters‘ Grilled Asparagus and Smoked Tofu Benedict!
14. Grilled Baby Summer Squash: Two Ways
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This recipe for Grilled Baby Summer Squash: Two Ways by Grace Silla includes two easy ways to make it. One is plain grilled baby squash served with a garlicky basil dip and the other serves it on skewers with other vegetables. Both options are an easy side for any summer barbecue. If you want to add more bulk to the skewers, try grilling it with tofu, tempeh, or seitan, or simply serve it alongside your favorite veggie burger.
15. Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad
Source: Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad
This Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad by Taylor Kiser is a mish-mash of simple, whole-food veggie nutrition with charred and smoky flavors slathered in the most addictive date balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a great way to make your salad more interesting and creatively use whatever veggies are lying around in your fridge! Grilling near-death vegetables is one of the sure-fire ways to make them delish and avoid that awkward limp-wilty situation that old vegetables have going on.
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