10 Grilled Veggies to Pair with Anything You’re Cooking

updated Jul 16, 2020
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With the warm weather finally settling in, you’re likely starting to crave burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, and more. I suggest tossing a veggie on the grill as they cook, which instantly turns those aforementioned summer staples into a satisfying meal. These 10 recipes will pair well with just about anything you’ve got queued up, so reference these often from now until Labor Day.

A quick marinade of lemon juice and olive oil not only boosts the flavor of grilled broccoli, but it also acts as a glue to keep the grated Parmesan cheese from falling off the florets.

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Sweet potatoes aren’t usually the first vegetable that come to mind when grilling, but maybe they should be. The high heat caramelizes the natural sugars in the potatoes and leaves them with some serious grill marks.

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To prevent any mushrooms from falling through the grill, opt to skewer them. Just don’t forget to soak the wooden skewers in water before grilling to keep them from burning.

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To make this feta and mint-laced salad as delicious as possible, toss the zucchini with the vinaigrette right when it comes off the grill — it will absorb the most flavor when hot.

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You can easily leave the bacon off these skewers if you’re looking to keep your side dish meatless. If you do keep it on, though, it will lend smoky, rich flavor to the onions and potatoes.

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Stop thinking of cabbage as simply an ingredient in coleslaw. Here it proves its worth by being sliced into thick wedges and grilled until charred and warm.

Keep the balsamic glaze the same but switch up these kebabs as different vegetables come in and out of season.

Grilling kale wilts it slightly and makes even kale-haters happy — especially when you toss homemade croutons in the mix.

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These smoky cauliflower steaks can easily play main course if you’d like to make vegetables the focus.

The carrot is another vegetable that’s not often grilled but should be — it gets tender and extra sweet when cooked this way.