Let’s dispel a couple vegetable-related food myths right now. The first being that salads are boring, tasteless meals that will never leave you satisfied. With such an abundance of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, and dressings, this is far from the truth! Especially in the summer months when vegetable and fruit harvests are ever increasing. The second food myth is that vegan grilling isn’t “real” grilling, which primarily consists of foods like steak, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Grilling vegetables is actually such an effective way to bring out or intensify their natural flavors! All while adding a nice smoky taste and beautiful char.
Light that grill and get started with these recipes for scrumptious, far-from-boring grilled salads and veggie bowls!
Power up with the wholesome, from-the-earth nutritious goodness found in this addictive Grilled Avocado, Cauliflower, and Sweet Potato Power Bowl. It is filled with crispy, smoked veggies, crispy chips, creamy avocado, and an herby, tangy tahini dressing. Almost all of the vegetables in this bowl are grilled and beautifully charred.
Buddha bowls usually consist of vegetables, starch, and protein and this particular bowl showcases all of those ingredients in an especially fantastic fashion. This BBQ Buddha Bowl has smokey sweet potato, creamy guacamole, fiery fiesta corn, and some hummus and chips finish the meal off.
You may be hesitant to consider a noodle bowl a salad, but this Grilled Pineapple and Vegetables Rice Noodle Bowl is so packed with vegetables that the line is blurred. The pineapple, zucchini, and bell peppers are all grilled to make them gain a bit of crispy goodness on the outside. The caramelized bits of pineapple, combined with the spice in the sauce knock this dish out of the ballpark.
If you are looking for a simple, quick, and easy grilled salad to go along with your other BBQ eats, this Kale and Grilled Tomato Salad is made for you! Grilling the cherry tomatoes makes them bubbly and soft, so when you bite into them they burst with flavor. They add excitement to this refreshing kale salad with lemon and olive oil dressing.
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This Grilled Peach, Red Onion, and Arugula Salad With Grilled Croutons and Sun Gold Tomatoes is a casual summertime supper that features two delicious pairings. First, there’s the kicky flavor contrast of sweet summer peaches with brightly acidic vine-ripened tomatoes. Second, there’s the fun textural juxtaposition of juicy tomatoes and crunchy grilled bread. If you’ve never grilled peaches before, no worries — it’s much easier than it sounds, and quite delicious. You can use nectarines if you like instead.
This fresh, summery Za’atar Grilled Eggplant Salad combines soft grilled eggplant and lots of fresh herbs. Eggplant can be a texturally fickle vegetable, but grilling it makes it nice and tender and ready to absorb whatever flavors you add to it. The za’atar, which is a Middle Eastern spice blend, brings out the natural taste of the eggplant.
For a delicate dish with citrusy notes, look no further than this Grilled Apricot and Endive Salad. Set atop a bed of baby spinach, the bitterness of the endives balances perfectly with the sweet, caramelized apricots and the apricot-mint dressing ties the whole dish together. Garnish with crushed, toasted hazelnuts for a nice, nutty touch.
When it comes to using a barbecue, there is nothing better than a delicious and simple collection of vegetables skewered on a kabob. With a variety of sweet and savory vegetables, along with marinated tofu, these Tofu Kebabs With Grilled Mango Sorrel Salad is sure to be a summer crowd-pleaser! The kebabs comes with a side salad packed with healthy greens and grilled mango, along with a bed of rice.
In this Kale Salad With Grilled Eggplant, White Beans, and Fresh Figs, raw kale, grilled veggies, white beans, and figs are lightly coated in a hummus-based dressing. It features three vegetables that hold up beautifully when grilled: eggplant, bell peppers, and onions. It is the mixture of charred and fresh and sweet and savory that makes this salad so irresistible.
You may not normally think of beets as a grilling vegetable, but their sweetness is intensified and made more complex when combined with a nice char. They can be placed directly on the grill after a small coating of olive oil. The rest of this Grilled Beet Salad With Almonds and Dried Cranberries features pine nuts, spring greens, and cranberries which all complement the sweet yet smoky beets.
This Spicy Grilled Cauliflower Summer Bowl is made with charred cauliflower, a fresh salad, and black rice tossed with a refreshing mint coriander oil. The cauliflower is marinated in a spicy sauce seasoned with chili powder, smoky cumin, garlic paste, and turmeric powder that pairs perfectly with the refreshing mint coriander dressing.
Be the star chef at your next barbecue by bringing one of these grilled veggie salads. Your friends and family will be blown away with how delicious and nutritious they are. Best of luck to all you grill experts out there this season!
Lead image source: Grilled Avocado, Cauliflower, and Sweet Potato Power Bowl
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