Grilled Vegetables Are the Real Summer Heroes. Here Are 10 Ways to Serve Them.

Grilled Vegetables Are the Real Summer Heroes. Here Are 10 Ways to Serve Them.

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Sheela Prakash
Jun 1, 2017
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I have a strong opinion about grilled vegetables. As much as I love meat and fish on the grill, it's vegetables that really transform when tossed on the grates. All that smoky, charred flavor turns just about any vegetable into something truly spectacular. What's more, it doesn't take a lot of time or effort to produce a dish that's hard to get enough of.

These 10 recipes are quick, easy choices for side dishes, but with such great flavor, they can easily be featured as a meatless main course.

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1. Balsamic Glazed Veggie Kebabs

This is a recipe you can turn to over and over again, all summer long, with whatever vegetables you have on hand. A simple balsamic mustard glaze sweetens and caramelizes the kebabs as they cook.

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2. Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

Cabbage can be much more than the base of a big bowl of slaw this summer. Here, thick wedges are grilled until they just soften and then get a drizzle of tangy lime dressing. Yes, please!

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3. Garlicky Grilled Kale Salad with Grilled Bread

Grilling kale before tossing it into a salad softens it just slightly and gives it a touch of smoky flavor. The result? An immediate crowd-pleaser.

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4. Grilled Packet Potatoes

Par-boiling the potatoes before wrapping them up in individual foil packets ensures that they'll be thoroughly cooked through once they come off the grill.

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5. Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks

A touch of honey balances the kick from the chipotle powder in these extra-flavorful cauliflower steaks. This recipe is a great option as a vegetarian or vegan main course or as a side dish alongside grilled meats.

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6. Bryant Terry's Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs

Pick your favorite barbecue sauce to marinate these kebabs with and you can't go wrong.

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7. Grilled Asparagus with Bacon Vinaigrette

The bacon vinaigrette for this recipe is so tangy and rich, we encourage you to try it on other grilled vegetables, like eggplant and portobello mushrooms.

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8. Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Cheese

The bitterness of radicchio is tamed by the grill and then contrasted further by a drizzle of sweet balsamic vinegar and a dollop of creamy, rich cheese like Brillat-Savarin or Camembert.

9. How To Grill Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cob is a summer staple, so it's important to have a great recipe in your pocket to rely on now through Labor Day.

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10. Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

If you're worried about the slime factor in okra, don't fret: Cooking the vegetable with high heat on the grill actually minimizes it, so the insides are creamy instead of slimy.

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