Grilled Vegetables are a fantastic way to serve healthy food that tastes and looks great. For this simple recipe, all you need is your favorite vegetables like baby potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, and mushrooms as well as lemon zest, lemon juice, soy sauce, and your favorite seasonings.
The secret to our perfect recipe is the bold marinade, it makes such a huge difference. Actually, it adds tons of flavor and contributes to the juicy texture of the veggies after grilling. You can serve this as a side dish or a meal any day of the week, but it is a perfect side for summer with barbecued hot dogs or burgers. Another dish you may enjoy is Rainbow Roasted Vegetables, Grilled Potatoes, or try this Oven Roasted Bok Choy.
Grilled Vegetables and Veggie Marinade Recipe
Whether you grill or roast your veggies, cooking them is one way to bring out the vitamins in some of them. Like carrots. Actually, the beta carotene in the carrot is more easily absorbed when they are cooked.
And since we need at least two cups of veggies per day, this is one way to get your servings and then some. In addition, the veggies are good for you as well as tasty with this easy grilling recipe.
Adding certain seasonings to this dish is what makes it your own because you can add whatever you like to make it unique. For example, we use Italian seasoning as well as basil, garlic, parsley, and of course, salt and pepper. But you can use other seasonings like ranch dressing seasoning, onion powder, rosemary, or whatever you like.
For precise measurements, look at the recipe card below. Here is what you will need for this grilled vegetable recipe:
- Vegetables: Use your favorites chopped into two-inch pieces.
- Olive oil: Virgin or extra virgin olive oil are both fine.
- Soy sauce: Try making your own homemade soy sauce.
- Lemon juice: Fresh or prepared are acceptable.
- Lemon zest: This is an important part of the recipe.
- Italian seasoning: Dried and packaged Italian seasoning are fine.
- Garlic cloves: Best to use fresh cloves rather than powder.
- Various seasoning: Such as salt, pepper, basil, and parsley.
How to make grilled vegetables:
- Prepare the veggies: First, rinse, and after that trim and cut the vegetables into two-inch chunks.
- Combine: Then, use a large bowl to combine the oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, Italian seasoning, and other seasonings.
- Toss: Next, put the vegetables into the bowl and toss them to coat them in the oil.
- Chill: After, cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to two hours to chill.
- Preheat: While the veggies are chilling, get the grill or a grill pan preheated to medium-high heat.
- Cook: Finally, add the vegetables to the grill and cook them for three to six minutes cooking the denser veggies first like potatoes and carrots. Make sure to just cook until they are brown and tender.
- Plate: Lastly, place the grilled vegetables on a serving plate and sprinkle them with seasonings.
- Store: In addition, store the leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days. Reheat by microwaving for 30 to 45 seconds.
- Use ranch: Try dried ranch seasoning instead of Italian seasoning.
- Add some heat: In addition, you can spice up your vegetables with some jalapenos or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
- Baconator: Alternatively, wrap slices of bacon around some of the veggies and keep them in place with a toothpick.
- Make it fruity: Make it Hawaiian by adding pineapple chunks or some other fruit like oranges or cherries.
- Try mustard: Top with Dijon mustard or honey mustard sauce for a unique flavor.
- Marinade: Try an Asian sauce like General Tso, Teriyaki Sauce, or Orange Sauce. Toss and coat the veggies in it and grill. Also, another great option is to coat them in Catalina dressing!
- Other veggies: Grilled zucchini and summer squash, corn in the cob, even lettuce, and green onions are delicious, hence, make sure to add some into the mix.
- Spicy: Toss them into some buffalo sauce and serve with crumbled blue cheese on top.
How to serve:
Serve the grilled vegetables on a warm platter with some homemade ranch dressing on the side for a dip. Here are a few of our other favorite ideas:
- This recipe is perfect next to a grilled dish like pork chops or air fryer pork chops.
- Alternatively, add some crack corn salad on the side for an amazing meal.
- Also, they are fantastic on a bed of lettuce, cabbage, or this perfect instant pot rice.
- To make a meal, add chicken and put the vegetables on a skewer for grilled chicken kebabs.
- For a cheesy side, melt some of this beer cheese or another favorite cheese on top, or use it as a dip.
- You could also serve these alongside this juicy grilled pork tenderloin.
- Another option is to add leftovers to one of your favorite soup or stew recipes.
- Also, they taste fantastic when paired with Honey Garlic Salmon or Swai Fish. A juicy steak is always a good idea.
- Another option is to top them with some Garlic Butter immediately after cooking!
- Serve them warm or at room temperature with this refreshing Tzatziki sauce or Chimichurri Sauce.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What goes well with grilled vegetables?
Just about anything goes well with this recipe. For example, if you are making this on the barbecue grill, toss some burgers or hot dogs alongside or maybe a steak or two. However, they also work well with seafood, pasta, or even some kind of quinoa dish. For something sweet, fruits like pineapple, chopped apples, or peaches are also delicious.
How do you use a vegetable grill basket?
Actually, using a grill basket is easy but you have to know a few tips to make sure your vegetables do not turn out dry or stuck to the basket. First, preheat the grill and the grill basket with the cover closed for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Then and some oil typically keeps them from sticking. Also, marinating your veggies in an oil and seasoning marinade will keep them from drying out. As a result, they will be juicier and taste better.
- The best vegetables for grilling include yellow squash, potatoes, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, and carrots. In addition, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, and grilled corn are fantastic. Artichokes, broccoli, and cauliflower are also great on the grill.
- If you are using frozen veggies, make sure they are completely thawed out before putting them on the grill.
- In addition, try to make the chunks the same or similar thickness so they will cook at the same rate.
- Very important, make sure the grill is hot enough before using.
- Remember to close the lid of the grill to help them cook faster.
Grilled Vegetables Recipe
- 2 pounds assorted vegetables (Like: asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and baby potatoes)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons parsley leaves (chopped finely)
- 2 tablespoons basil leaves (chopped)
- Lemon wedges
- Add the Marinade ingredients to a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- Preheat am outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- Add the denser vegetables first, like carrots and potatoes.
- Close the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables to the grill.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until browned and tender.
- Arrange the vegetables on a serving plate, garnish with parsley, basil, and serve with lemon wedges and a dipping sauce.