How To Grill Vegetables

Choose your favorites – eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion, asparagus. And check out our post on how to grill vegetables. Simple and delish.

This is a very simple side dish I make often for regular dinners or dinner parties in the summer.  It’s easy, can be made ahead, visually appealing and a great accompaniment to meat, chicken, omelets or fish.

8 Ways to Use Grilled Vegetables
Pictured here are eggplant, red and orange peppers and asparagus, tucked in with fresh, ripe mango slices. Red onion and zucchini are great too. ‘

How to grill vegetables? I pre-baste the vegetables with Catalina  or French salad dressing (a throw back to the old days) then sprinkle them with oregano. Serve the grilled vegetables hot or at room temperature with any protein. I love them with marinated flank steak, grilled Vietnamese chicken and Canadian maple cedar planked salmon.

What else can you do with grilled vegetables?  A lot.  Here are 7 ways on how else to use them, so make extras.

Ways to Use Grilled Vegetables

  1. Grilled vegetable kabobs:  Cut the grilled veggies into smaller pieces and thread them on skewers with fresh cherry tomatoes
  2. Grilled vegetable salad:  Roughly chop the grilled vegetables, toss into greens, add a little goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic dressing. Try our Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa
  3. Grilled vegetable pizza:  Add the vegetables to your next pizza.  Or better yet, your next grilled pizza.
  4. In Pasta:  Try our Grilled Vegetable Orzo  .  Very popular for pot lucks and buffet tables.
  5. Burger toppings:  Grilled vegetables are great toppings for beef, chicken, fish or veggie burgers.
  6. Grilled vegetable omelets:  Toss some grilled veggies into your next omelet with some cheese and chives.
  7. Grilled vegetables and cheese: Use grilled vegetables in your grilled cheese sandwich with a smear of fruit preserves (good!).

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Use other dressings like Italian or Balsamic or your own.
  • Try other seasonings such as thyme, rosemary or basil.

Make Ahead Grilled Vegetables

  • You can make this dish ahead and serve it at room temperature or warm it in the oven at 350-375F for a few minutes to serve hot.
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How To Grill Vegetables

Choose your favorites - eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onion, asparagus. And check out our post on how to grill vegetables. Simple and delish.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


  • Red, yellow or orange Peppers, Eggplant , Asparagus, Zucchini, Red Onion (choose what you like)
  • olive oil (or Catalina/French dressing)
  • salt and pepper
  • thyme or oregano (fresh minced, or dried)
  • balsamic vinegar (optional) or balsamic reduction drizzle


  • Heat the grill to medium high.
  • CUT VEGETABLES: Slice the vegetables into serving pieces. Peppers and zucchini lengthwise; onions and eggplant in round disks; break the ends off asparagus stalks.
  • SEASON AND GRILL VEGETABLES: Lay the vegetables on a foil lined pan. Brush or drizzle them lightly with olive oil (I love using Catalina or French salad dressing instead). Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh or dried oregano (or thyme). Flip over the vegetables and repeat.
  • GRILL VEGETABLES on each side for a couple of minutes just until tender and grill marks appear. Sprinkle lightly with balsamic vinegar if desired or drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Make Ahead: Grilled vegetables can be made several hours ahead and left on the counter at room temperature until serving time. If preferred, you can rewarm them for 40 seconds in the microwave or for 5-7 minutes in a 350F oven. 
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