Backyard grilling is hands down one of summer’s biggest perks. The smell of heated charcoal, a cooler full of kombucha…you’ve been waiting all year for this. But grilling season isn’t just for carnivores. If you’ve never sizzled up some eggplant, portobello mushrooms, or greens, now is extremely the time for you to try it. Because everything, especially vegetables, tastes better grilled.
Need proof? Check out this list of healthy grilled vegetable recipes. They’re all Mediterranean diet-friendly, and feature vegetables as the starring ingredient. They might not completely replace your love for burgers…but they certainly make eating your vegetables even more delicious.
Blogger Minimalist Baker proves that eggplant can actually work in place of a meat dish because the texture is so hearty. (Just make sure you’re getting your protein from another element in the meal.) This recipe spices up the eggplant itself (using cinnamon, coriander, all spice, cayenne pepper, and thyme, among other spices) and the sauce, which is a blend of barbecue sauce, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and ginger. The result is a marriage of smoky and sweet flavors.
This dish from Making Thyme for Health may sound fancy, but it’s really only eight ingredients. (No one has to know how easy it is, don’t worry.) Besides being veggie-forward, this recipe has healthy oils and anti-inflammatory spices. Serve it on a bed of greens or enjoy it as is.
Why limit yourself to one veggie when you can eat the whole rainbow? This grilled vegetable recipe from The Forked Spoon stacks red onion, zucchini, and red and yellow peppers for a skewer that tastes as vibrant as it looks.
Normally, sweet potatoes have to cook for about 30 to 40 minutes in the oven. On the grill, all you need is about 10 thanks to this recipe from Hummusapien. Yep, it’s that fast. The cilantro lime crema is made with Greek yogurt—loaded with protein—making this simple dish a balanced meal.
Corn on the cob is a quintessential summer side, and this recipe from The Healthy Maven is a step above the rest thanks to the chimichurri sauce, made with parsley, oregano, and garlic. Slather it on your corn before wrapping them up in tinfoil and throwing them on the grill. Every little kernel will be bursting with flavor.
The key to an amazing bruschetta is really good tomatoes, and grilling them like VeguKate does amps up the taste more than just dicing them and serving on bread as is. Add goat cheese, a little salt, pepper, and garlic, and your appetizer is done!
How cute are these little zucchini rolls from A Tasty Love Story? The filling is made with spelt, goat cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, onions, raisins, and almonds. Oh, and the secret to taking this recipe to the next level: adding a touch of honey to the zucchini before you grill them: the touch of sweetness balances out the smokiness perfectly.