An Easy Vegetarian Grilling Menu for Summer

updated Jun 9, 2021
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When you think of what’s typically tossed on the grill, meat is likely the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you’re a vegetarian or are simply someone who embraces meatless meals, you may know that grilled vegetables are just as tasty, if not more so. So how about a dinner menu that celebrates this truth? Let this be the summer you make vegetables the star of the grill for fresh, summery dinners any night of the week.

We’ve got a summer dinner menu that’s quick, easy, and all about the veggies. Both the main and side dish come together on the grill and show off just how versatile a vegetarian dinner can be. We’ve even created a timeline to ensure you’re set up for success.

Kitchn’s Guide for an Easy Vegetarian Dinner Menu from the Grill

This menu leans into the abundance of fresh produce at our fingertips right now. And as summer meals should be, it’s refreshing, light, and totally satisfying. And while you won’t find any meat in this menu, it most definitely doesn’t skimp on flavor or substance. It relies on techniques that you might not have tried on the grill before (like grilling salty slabs of cheese!) to ensure what you sit down to is anything but boring.

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To Drink: Rosé Lemonade

Everyone deserves something cold and refreshing to drink while they stand next to a hot grill. This dead-simple combination of lemonade and rosé wine will definitely not disappoint.

Get the recipe: Rosé Lemonade

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Main Dish: Grilled Open-Faced Cauliflower Banh Mi

These hearty vegetarian sandwiches are inspired by the classic Vietnamese sandwich of the same name that traditionally involves pork. Grilling both the buns and the cauliflower lends just the right amount of smoky flavor to the situation.

Get the recipe: Grilled Open-Faced Cauliflower Banh Mi

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On the Side: Grilled Halloumi Salad with Radicchio

Sure, you could toss together a simple green salad in your kitchen to go with your sandwiches, but grilling your salad is so much more fun (and flavorful!). This one’s full of slabs of charred halloumi cheese, wilted radicchio, and juicy citrus, for the most enticing mix of briny, bitter, and sweet flavors.

Get the recipe: Grilled Halloumi Salad with Radicchio

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To Finish: Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt

What’s great about this light and fresh dessert is that you can prepare both the berries and the sweetened yogurt before you sit down for dinner. That way once the table is cleared, all that’s needed is simple assembly before you dig in.

Get the recipe: Balsamic Berries with Honey Yogurt

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Your Summer Vegetarian Dinner Timeline

You hardly have to prepare much at all in advance before getting to work on this menu, which is always a win.

  • Before heating the grill: Most importantly, pour yourself and others a rosé lemonade. Then make the pickled vegetables and Sriracha mayo for the sandwiches and the dressing for the salad.
  • Heat the grill: While it heats, prepare the berries and honey yogurt. Then cut the cauliflower, halloumi, radicchio, and oranges.
  • Get grilling: Once the grill is hot, cook the salad components first. Assemble the salad and then grill the cauliflower and bread.
  • Finish assembly: Assemble the sandwiches and sit down for dinner.
  • After dinner: Spoon the berries into bowls, top with yogurt, and enjoy the rest of your night.