Summer Grilled Vegetables

Summer is prime grilling season, and there is nothing that says summer more than that outdoor grilled flavor. While we usually concentrate on the meat or fish entree the most, the grill is the best place for your side dishes to cook too. The flavor and freshness of newly harvested vegetables could almost take center stage with the meat as the side dish.  I like just about anything on the grill, with asparagus topping the list.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

It really isn’t difficult, you just need a grilling basket made of metal with a lot of holes.  There are many shapes and types you can get, but this is my favorite after trying several different ones.  The flat grill screens tend to let the food roll off when you are trying to turn it, and the grill baskets with long handles are cumbersome and difficult to deal with when they are blazing hot.  This Non-Stick Grilling Bowl fits the bill.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Just place the washed asparagus in it, drizzle with just a bit of oil and toss to coat.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Put the bowl on the grate, right alongside your chops, and grill for about the same amount of time.  When you turn the chops, flip the asparagus around a bit to get the other side towards the fire.  Be sure you have a potholder to grab the handle, and use a plastic spatula so you don’t scratch the non-stick surface.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Everything ready at the same time, and less cleanup.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

The bowl is just the right size for a couple of yellow squash cut into slices.  Again, tossed with just a tiny bit of oil, and add some cracked pepper too.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Yum, perfectly charred with that wonderful grilled flavor.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

It almost wants to outshine the rib eye!  Almost.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Another evening, I did zucchini.  This time I tossed the slices with just a little bit of garlic oil, which added just another dimension of flavor.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Placing the zucchini on the grill, you can see I did some cracked black pepper here too.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Tossing them around about halfway through the cooking.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

And here they are fully done.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

So, which is the star of this meal?  Hard to say!

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

No matter which veggie you choose, it is sure to be a hit.  For most squashes and asparagus, the cooking time is about 8 minutes total on a medium high heat.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Other tougher veggies like brussel sprouts or broccoli will take a bit longer.  Just use a fork to decide when the veggie is done to your taste.  I like mine still crisp, but tender.

Grilled Veggies at From My Carolina Home

Do you grill vegetables in the summer?  What is your favorite?

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11 thoughts on “Summer Grilled Vegetables

  1. Rosemaryflower

    I love grilled vegetables.
    Hubbs and I do not grill at all. We do not even own a grill.
    Oh we used to, but now …..
    I grill many vegetables in my oven.

  2. Those look so good! We don’t do summer squash, but that looks yummy enough I might suggest we have one clump for that purpose next year! Hope we’ll have asparagus next year, it just hasn’t worked out yet, but we did finally get some pretty solid seed heads this year so maybe in the future?

  3. Hi Carole! Yes, yes, yes! I love grilled veggies and asparagus is right up there at the top. I do it almost daily in the summer, just to get the cooking out of the house. I love the flavors that grilling brings! My mouth is watering from your photos. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole; Your cooked vegies at 9am look delicious and are making me hungry! LOL. We do not have a grill, so we use the oven and do the exact same thing. I am sure the taste is completely different though. Thank you for sharing these marvelous ideas! Have a great day!

  5. Kathleen

    Looks delicious!! I did not grill, but just yesterday I had a couple small yellow squash that sliced and cooked up in some vegetable oil in the frying pan, along with some garlic and onion. Toward the end I tossed in a few cherry tomatoes that I had cut in half, and sprinkled some pecorino romano cheese on top. SO good!

  6. Himself isn’t a big veggie fan, but he does like them grilled. He bought a Foreman grill so we’ve been grilling zucchini, summer squash, and bell peppers.

  7. Wow! Your grilling skills are Food Network worthy, and look pretty yummy! I really enjoy that nonstick grilling bowl, and need to pick one of those up. Hugs and Happy Wednesday from another NC person. RO

  8. dezertsuz

    Paul always grilled vegetables, but I never saw a grilling bowl before. He laid foil over part of the grill and laid out round slices of sweet onion and sliced zucchini or crookneck squash the long way. Nothing yummier, yes with oil and salt and pepper, too. I no longer have a grill.

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