Grilled vegetables are a million times tastier that mushy boiled vegetables but unfortunately so many people forget about this wonderful cooking method. Nothing beats a grilled vegetables recipe as an exciting side dish or even as an entree. If you are watching your weight, you will find grilled fresh vegetables to be flavorful enough to satisfy you and healthy enough to help with your diet.
Grilled vegetables are appetizing because of their bright colors and the way they smell. The smoky flavor they get from a charcoal grill also suits them very nicely.
Perhaps you want to add even more flavor to your grilled vegetables and you are wondering what kind of sauce or dressing to make for them. Rather than making a sauce, what about making a marinated grilled vegetable recipe? Marinades give plenty of flavor to your vegetables and the flavor infuses right into them, rather than just coating them.
Vegetables do not need to be tenderized, so an hour is sufficient time for marinating them. You might like to use a simple grilled vegetables marinade such as soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, or broth, or you can follow a marinade recipe for vegetables if you would prefer a more complex flavor.
A lot of meat marinades use acidic ingredients like lemon juice, limejuice, or vinegar to tenderize the meat and these flavors feature in many vegetable marinades also, but to give flavor, not for tenderization. Fresh herbs are also popular ingredients in vegetable marinades, as are spices and oils.
This is a great recipe for a vegetable marinade and the fresh herbs go nicely with the oil and lemon juice for a simple yet effective marinade, which will infuse your vegetables with a delicious flavor. Serve the grilled vegetables by themselves, with pita bread, or even over rice. You can serve the vegetables as a side dish or as an entree for vegetarians.
If you are catering for vegetarians, by the way, they will be very impressed with the effort they think you have gone to, to make this tasty dish for them. Little will they know how simple it really was!
What you will need:
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 lbs chopped vegetables
How to make it:
Whisk all the marinade ingredients together, and then add the marinade to a big Ziploc bag. Add one and a half pounds of chopped vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers and squash, then seal the bag and turn it a few times to coat the vegetables.
Leave it in the refrigerator for an hour. Take the vegetables out of the marinade and grill them five inches above a moderately hot heat, turning them a few times during cooking. Brush them a few times now and then with the marinade as they cook. If you are using some hard vegetables, like carrots, and some soft ones, like mushrooms, bear in mind the soft ones take much less time to cook.