Grilling? Make Room for Veggies!

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Add color, nutrients and flavor to the grill with your favorite vegetables and fruits.

Grilled vegetables add color, flavor and nutrition to your next BBQ get together.
Grilled vegetables add color, flavor and nutrition to your next BBQ get together.

We’re in the throes of BBQ season. Chances are you’ve indulged in some carnivorous delights this summer, grilled outdoors to perfection. But meat isn’t the only food lends itself to the grill. Whether it’s a side dish or dessert, grilling vegetables and fruits is a great way to add extra nutrition and new flavors to your favorite summer meals.

This delicious marinade is simple to make and includes ingredients you probably already have on hand. Be creative with the vegetables you include. Tailor it to fit your family’s tastes. Mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers, summer squash and onions are just a few of the vegetables that do well on the grill. Your options are seemingly endless.

Grilled Vegetable Marinade

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of salt

Wisk together ingredients and marinate vegetables for one to two hours in the refrigerator. Cook in a grilling basket over medium heat for 8 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally.

But don’t stop at the side dish! Grilling fruits like pineapple and peaches brings out even more of their sweetness and makes a mouthwatering, healthier dessert.

Grilled Pineapple

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pineapple, cut into half inch slices

Combine the honey, olive oil, lime juice and cinnamon. Lightly brush the pineapple slices with the marinade and cook over medium-high heat for three to five minutes, basting and turning occasionally.

Try something new and take your fruits and veggies outdoors. Your taste buds will thank you.

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