I love Balsamic Marinated Grilled Vegetables in spring, summer and fall. This is one of a few marinade recipes I have that I repeat year after year. The marinade enhances them but the secret is to buy the freshest, seasonal vegetables.
Visit a Farmer's Market to be inspired.
Cooking With A Seasonal Strategy
Almost any fresh vegetable can be grilled simply brushed with oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper to enjoy the best each vegetable has to offer. Marinating vegetables adds another layer of complexity and enough variety to keep things interesting.
At the start of the spring grilling season I make a double recipe of this marinade and keep it in the fridge. As I cook different recipes I make another marinade and keep going all through the grilling season.
For everyday cooking I simply brush or pour the marinade on my veggies minutes before they hit the grill. I enjoy the extra flavour and it's good enough for everyday meals. But marinating vegetables definitely adds dimension to the taste so when I'm entertaining I'll take the time to marinate as directed.
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Get The Tools
Do you have a reusable grilling sheet? They're the perfect solution for preventing cross contamination. They can be cut to any size and are ideal for public barbecues at campsites and parks or to take to someones house. I use a Cookina Reusable Grilling Sheet and some how the vegetables still get grill marks. To learn more about these sheets check out this post titled Reusable Grilling Sheet.
What Vegetables Can I Grill
You can grill just about any vegetable you can think of. Add variety to your dinners by grilling vegetables you've never cooked that way before. Consider asparagus, eggplant, artichoke hearts, butternut squash and even lettuce.
Sometimes simply serving a different combination of vegetables or serving them in a different way makes them seem different. I like to skewer small vegetables like mushrooms and cherry tomatoes so they don't fall through the grill. Whether you use bamboo skewers or metal skewers you can create an interesting presentation.
Best Entertaining Tip
When you find a menu that is the perfect combination of ingredients, flavours and textures be sure to record that somewhere. These Balsamic-Marinated Grilled Vegetables are part of a menu that I think is that kind of magical combination. It is a perfect menu for summer entertaining and I make it every year without fail.
Balsamic-Marinated Grilled Vegetables
Let me know in the comments below if you tried grilling something different or how you like to present your grilled veggies.
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Balsamic Marinated Grilled Vegetables
- ¾ cup olive oil
- 6 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed (or 2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary)
- 1-2 green zucchini
- 1-2 yellow zucchini
- 1 long, thin eggplant (called Japanese, Chinese or Indian eggplant)
- 1 red onion, cut into thick slices
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow or orange pepper
- Combine marinade ingredients in a jar.
- Cut vegetables in large pieces for grilling. Shake marinade and brush over both sides of the vegetables. Set aside to marinate, 1-4 hours.
- Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness.
- Grill peppers and onions 5-6 minutes per side. Grill zucchini and eggplant 2-3 minutes per side.