19 Grilled Recipes All About the Vegetables

Asparagus, corn, squash, and more.

July 10, 2020
Photo by James Ransom

When I think about summer grilling, the first things that usually comes to mind are burgers, steaks, chicken, whole fish, and the like. In a word: meat.

But there are so many other ingredients—hello, vegetables!—that are made all the better from a quick trip to the grill. Think: corn, peppers, asparagus, and the like in the summer; broccolini, squashes, Brussels sprouts, and more during the cooler months.

Here are 19 of our best grilled vegetable recipes—from charred okra with a fiery Sriracha lime salt to all sorts of smoky salads (we see you, grilled Caesar salad).

Our Best Grilled Vegetable Recipes

1. A Salad of Grilled Vegetables over Crisp Lettuce with Halloumi Croutons

Grilled vegetables are great, but we can't get over the crispy-cheesy halloumi croutons that top this colorful salad.

2. Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce With Mint & Fresno Pepper

Meet your new favorite summer side dish: thick slices of grilled eggplant dressed in agrodolce (a sweet-and-sour sauce traditional to Italian cuisine) then sprinkled with bright mint and peppers.

3. Grilled Bread Salad With Broccoli Rabe & Summer Squash

The grill does practically all the work for you in this sweet-bitter-creamy salad filled with hunks of crunchy grilled bread, summer squash, and tangles of broccoli rabe. Oh, and did we mention it's a recipe contest winner?

4. Tarragon-Lemon Aioli Served with Grilled Artichokes

A pitch-perfect pairing: smoky, tender grilled artichokes dunked in a zippy aioli subtly spiced with tarragon.

5. Asparagus With Lemon-Pepper Marinade From Bryant Terry

"Chef, author, and activist Bryant Terry may have designed this recipe for asparagus, but it offers a template that will bring any vegetable in your crisper to life," writes Kristen Miglore, our Resident Genius.

6. Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

The best of summer produce shines in this hearty salad that's made all the more flavorful with help from the grill.

7. Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Whether you've got an outdoor grill or a cast-iron grill pan, these Brussels sprouts will likely be the best you've ever tasted.

8. Grilled Marinated Tomatoes

A marinade of fish sauce, chili, and shallots makes a deeply savory complement to the juicy sweetness of grilled tomato slices.

9. Fully Grilled Caesar Salad

"Cold Caesar salad is so yesterday." Cue the Hilary Duff classic.

10. Grilled Zucchini Orzo

This orzo dish is all about punchy flavors, from the puckery vinaigrette to the goat cheese to the grilled veggies.

11. Grilled Eggplant & Peach Caprese Salad

This Caprese salad's got it all: sweetness from the peaches, savory char from the grilled eggplant, umami from the miso, and creaminess from the yogurt and burrata.

12. Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Summer's classic corn and butter combo gets taken up a notch with the addition of chopped basil.

13. Ignacio Mattos’ Grilled Favas

These Genius grilled favas can be served hot or at room temp—they'll be delicious no matter what.

14. Grilled Okra Pasta Salad

By grilling the okra quickly over high heat, you avoid any possibility of getting a slimy texture.

15. Grilled Broccolini Salad With Basil-Walnut Vinaigrette

This warm salad makes an A+ addition to a grilled protein, like lemony salmon or herby chicken thighs.

16. Miso Quinoa Pilaf with Grilled Cucumber, Eggplant & Soy Dressing

Cucumbers may not seem like the most obvious vegetable to toss on the grill, but they are a surprising hit in this quinoa dish.

17. Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt

You'll want to sprinkle this Sriracha-spiced lime salt over everything you grill this summer—not just okra.

18. Grilled Vegetable Pasta Sauce

A medley of grilled vegetables—from eggplant to bell peppers—make up the base of this warm weather-ready pasta.

19. Grilled Potato & Green Bean Salad

"This salad is completely fuss-free and easygoing, just as summer salads should be," writes EmilyC, our "Dinner's Ready" columnist.

What's your favorite summer vegetable to grill? Tell us in the comments!
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Erin Alexander is the Managing Editor of Food52.