The Best Veggies to Grill

by Sarah M. Mullins

Nothing is better than a beautiful summer day grilling and enjoying a glass of lemonade. Cooking isn’t always fun in the summer, so avoid the hot kitchen and bring your meal outdoors. Socialize with your guests and grill away.

Whether you’re planning a cookout or just making dinner, here are the best veggies to try out on the grill. 


Okay, it sounds weird. But you’ll never eat a chopped salad the same way again. Take entire hearts of romaine, cut them in half, brush them with olive oil, and toss on the grill. Only cook until you see grill marks and turn until all sides are grilled. Make a homemade ranch dressing and top with tomatoes, bacon, and red onion for a quick BLT salad. 


These green veggies are full of nutrients and a beautiful side dish that you shouldn’t overlook at the grocery store. They are one of the easiest to prepare: toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill until they are tender. If you want to add a little something, sprinkle with Parmesan and a tad of lemon juice.

Portobello Mushrooms

Vegetarians will concur, Portobellos are a great alternative to a frozen veggie burger. You can marinate first and add any spices you’d like, treat them just like you would a beef patty. Cook the caps on each side starting with the stem side up. When you flip it to stem side down, the juices will drip off and will make it tender. Whipping up finger foods? Make these Smokey Baby Portobello Sliders, the gouda cheese makes this dish a winner.

Corn on the Cob

Nothing says summer like chowing down on a cob of corn and grilling is arguably the tastiest of methods. Place the unshucked corn on the grill and cook 15 to 20 minutes until tender. Eat with butter or make a rendition of Mexican street corn.  


Is guacamole your potluck go to? Try grilling your avocados! It gives the avocados a nice, smoky flavor and adds a little something to your guac. Or just garnish a salad or burger with a few slices for a creamy condiment instead of a heavy mayo.

Bell Peppers

Take your turkey burger to the next level by topping it with roasted peppers. Char all sides of the peppers until the outside skin is black. Put the peppers in a plastic bag to make them sweat, and peel off the outside layer. They’ll add a little sweetness to your burger patty and not to mention a pretty presentation. 


If you’re feeling adventurous, grilling fresh pineapple is perfect for a cookout treat. Top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice or two or make a salsa for your fish tacos. And leftovers, whip up a cocktail like this refreshing pineapple mojito

To make cooking dinner a little less complicated, go through your fridge to see if you have veggies that aren’t at their peak freshness. Make a foil pack out of aluminum foil and toss in all your veggies; carrots, caul
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