Monday, July 02, 2012

Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill

Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
It's grilling season, and here are some healthy options for vegetables on the grill!

It's no secret that I love grilling, but I'm especially a fan of vegetables on the grill.  Partly it's the combination of fresh garden vegetables coupled with a lack of desire to turn on the stove this time of year, but I also think grilling also adds a little extra flavor to most any kind of vegetable.  This week there's a big grilling holiday coming up in the U.S., so for this week's Meatless Monday post I thought it would be fun to share some of my personal favorites for vegetables cooked on the grill.  (All these recipes are things I like so much I might even make them indoors on a stove-top grill pan if it wasn't grilling weather!)

Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
Let's start with Whole Wheat Orzo and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Feta, Olives and Herbs pictured above.   Doesn't that sound like a great summer side dish?

Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
Even if you think you're not that much of an eggplant fan, if you like Thai flavors I bet you'll like this Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad with Thai Flavors.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
A classic salad that would also be delicious for a summer side dish is this Tapas Salad with Grilled Bell Peppers, Olives, and Capers.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
They couldn't be easier, and Easy Grilled Mushrooms are something that will dress up any plate.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
When you get garden-fresh tomatoes, these Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks just scream summer!


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
Grilled Zucchini replaces the traditional cucumbers in this recipe for Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
My brother Rand has a lot of favorites on the blog, and one of them is this Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
Simple Grilled Zucchini is something else I make all summer long.  I might serve this with a sauce like Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce or Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
One of my favorite grilling experiments that turned out to be a keeper is this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Green Onion, Basil, Thyme, and Feta.


Ten Easy Ideas from Kalyn for Vegetables on the Grill found on KalynsKitchen.com
And finally, another delicious take on grilled eggplant is this Grilled Eggplant with Cumin-Garlic Vinaigrette, Feta, and Two Herbs.


If you're still hungry for more grilled vegetables, there are lots of ideas in my post at BlogHer.com about Cooking Vegetables on the Grill.    (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index, and I'm also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch.  For more Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, check Meatless Monday at BlogHer, where I write a weekly post spotlighting one of the fabulous meatless recipe ideas I find around the web.)


Are you a fan of vegetables cooked on the grill?  Let us know in the comments about your favorites, and share a recipe link if you have a good one.
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18 comments:

  1. I LOVE all of these grilled veggie dishes! I SO wish I had a grill now. Guess I'll just have to settle for roasting them...

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  2. Especially love the sound of the orzo salad!

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  3. Kalyn,
    I would love to have a picnic with all of these veggies! Everything looks so good. Happy 4th!

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  4. Pam, Jeanette, and Joanne, how I wish I could invite the three of you over and throw some veggies on the grill. We could invite Lydia too!

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  5. Kalyn, you have a way of making salads look like the star of the show. That eggplant one with Thai flavors has caught my eye.

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  6. Kalyn, each and every one of these looks wonderful!

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  7. Thanks Dara and Marla! And the two of you are officially invited to this imaginary blogger get-together I am imagining.

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  8. What a vegetable feast! Makes me want to go grill shopping right now!

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  9. Thanks, Kalyn, for some great ideas for Wednesday. My husband is going to grill a chicken, and any one of these dishes would be the perfect pairing. I have two different grilling pans for vegetables - that's how much I love to avoid the kitchen in July. Somehow, getting out a special grilling pan makes it more of a ritual.

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  10. TW, you MUST get a grill! Nothing like it for cooking vegetables.

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  11. Ah, commenting at the same time. Grill pans are great, I have several as well.

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  12. Every one of these recipes is a winner. I agree, roasting really brings out the flavor. Next year, I must grow some of those wonderful 8-ball zucchini!

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  13. Lydia, I am 100% sold on the 8-Ball Zucchini! Very versatile too,

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  14. I don't grill veggies very often, but I'm thinking that needs to change right away. Love all of these!

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  15. Deborah, grilled veggies are the best! You have to start doing it.

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  16. These recipes for grilled veggies sound quite yummy! My only problem is deciding which one to try first. My husband LOVES to BBQ, so I think we'll be trying some of these real soon! Thanks!

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  17. I'm with your brother--I like the looks of the spicy eggplant.
    Can't wait for eggplants to show up at the Farmer's Markets!

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  18. Letty, I am longing for the "good old days" when I had a garden with lots of eggplant! But yes, farmers market for sure.

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