No Grill, No Problem! 7 Favorite Recipes for Outdoor Dining Without a Grill

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It's been unbelievably sunny and warm in Seattle, and last week we were invited over to a friend's for a backyard barbecue. These friends were house-sitting for a couple that owned a fancy grill and we made great burgers, grilled asparagus and a simple salad. It was almost enough to make us want to buy our own barbecue this summer — but not quite.

Because I was a vegetarian for much of my adult life, I'm lousy at cooking meat. So you can probably imagine how lousy I am when it comes to grilling. I always find the thought of getting the perfect temperature and controlling the amount of air coming into the grill more than daunting. I always end up to overcooking the meat, and my butcher sister just looks on with shame wondering how I could go so far afield. 

Suffice it to say, we don't own a grill. Each summer, I flirt with the idea of getting one, but always ultimately decide that we don't need it — there are so many delicious things to enjoy outdoors that don't require charcoal. If you're anything like us, here are a few great places to start

Recipes That Don't Require a Grill!

  1. Caprese Salad from The Kitchn
  2. Baby Artichokes with Creamy Horseradish-Dill Dip from Cooking Light
  3. Cold Slow-Roasted Salmon with Cucumber-Cumin Raita from Refinery 29
  4. Tomato Feta Pasta Salad from Ina Garten
  5. Pan-Seared Lemon Sole from Real Simple
  6. Marinated Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Garlic and Thyme from Gourmade in the Kitchen
  7. Spicy Steamed Bok Choy from Anja's Food for Thought

This recipe requested by Mags from Mil for Reader Request Week 2013.

(Image: Nealy Dozier)

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