Grilled Vegetable Salad
This Grilled Vegetable Salad features veggies charred to perfection and then drizzled with a bright-and-sunny herby lemon vinaigrette. Bites of creamy, salty blue cheese (or substitute Parmesan) are the finishing touch!
Every summer, we seem to grasp onto a new-to-us salad or salad dressing. We end up liking it so much that we add it to the menu almost weekly, and especially when we’re entertaining. When I’ve watched our guests reach for second – and even third – helpings, I know for certain that we have a great all-around recipe on our hands.
Past hits for our family have included Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar, Fresh Ginger Dressing, Grilled Romaine with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch, and Individual Caprese Salads (these are so fun to pack in school or work lunch bags!). I’m also quite fond of this Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette.
And this year?
This has been the summer of the Grilled Vegetable Salad. We char the veggies over hot grill grates and then toss them with an herby lemon vinaigrette. A sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles is the grand finale.
This grilled salad is pure awesomeness. And a surefire way to get everybody eating their veggies!
Vegetables to use in a grilled vegetable salad
This is the cast of characters:
- red onion
- sweet corn
- red bell peppers
- yellow squash
- grape or cherry tomatoes
how to prepare a vegetable salad
And this is how we prep the vegetables for the grill.
We wash up all the veggies, grab my favorite large cutting board, and start slicing!
We place the prepared vegetables on a large rimmed pan. Then we drizzle them with a bit of olive oil, and use our hands to fold and coat the veggies evenly. The final step is to sprinkle them fairly generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Hot off the grill for a grilled veggie salad
Cook the veggies on the grill until they’re beautifully charred and nicely softened.
Every single time, I’m tempted to just eat all those gorgeous vegetables straight from the grill grates!
grilled vegetable salad with citrus vinaigrette
Chop the grilled vegetables and then drizzle them with this bright and sunny herby lemon vinaigrette.
This citrus vinaigrette has tons of versatility. I like to dress a variety of salads with it, and even use it as a marinade for grilling.
Grilled salad with blue cheese…or Parmesan!
The grand finale for this grilled vegetable salad is a sprinkling of salty blue cheese crumbles. These creamy, pungent bites are like little prizes in this grilled veggie salad. You will LOVE it!
And for those of you who aren’t fond of blue cheese…
Simply grab a block of your favorite Parmesan. With a vegetable peeler, shave off some big, wide pieces and substitute it for the blue cheese. The Parmesan definitely gives this grilled salad a little different vibe, but it’s still a very good vibe!
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Grilled Vegetable Salad
Veggies are charred to perfection and then drizzled with a bright-and-sunny herby lemon vinaigrette. Bites of creamy, salty blue cheese (or substitute Parmesan) are the finishing touch!
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes
Calories per serving: 123
- 4 medium ears sweet corn, husk and silk removed
- 4 small to medium yellow squash, ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise
- 2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise
- 2 large red bell peppers, stems, seeds and any large ribs removed, and cut into 3 to 4 pieces each
- 1 large red onion, ends and skin removed, sliced into 3 to 4 large intact-rings
- 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends snapped off
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb. cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- herby lemon vinaigrette (can be made the day prior to grilling the salad)
- 4 oz. your favorite blue cheese, crumbled (If you don’t like blue cheese, use large, wide shavings of Parmesan!)
Preheat grill to 400° F. Make sure grates are scrubbed clean and then oiled. (To oil the grates, add some vegetable oil to a small bowl. Then fold a heavy paper towel a few times to make a smaller square. With a tongs, grasp the folded paper towel and dip it into the oil until the paper towel is drenched. Then run the paper towel over the grates, repeating until all grill grates are thoroughly oiled.)
Place corn, yellow squash, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and asparagus on a large rimmed pan. The pan will be very full. Drizzle olive oil over all vegetables. With your hands, gently fold the vegetables until they are all nicely coated with the olive oil, keeping the sliced rings of red onion intact. Sprinkle vegetables fairly generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and fold again using your hands. Sprinkle one more time with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and you’re ready to grill.
Depending on the size of your grill, you may need to grill in batches. Cooking times will vary with each of the vegetables, so it’s just a matter of checking on them regularly and removing them when they’re done to your liking. I like the onion to get nicely softened, so that always takes the longest. I prefer the ears of corn to have some char, but to not be completely cooked – so we set the ears on the hottest part of the grill to get some quick char, and then remove them. The asparagus always cooks the fastest. Once the vegetables have charred and are cooked/softened to your liking, remove them back to the rimmed pan.
Once the vegetables have cooled enough to handle, cut the kernels from the corn and chop the rest of the vegetables into bite-size pieces. Place everything into a large-ish serving vessel – I like to use a low, wide bowl. Add the tomatoes and fold everything together. Drizzle with a bit of the herby lemon vinaigrette, and then fold. Add more vinaigrette if needed. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve just slightly warm or at room temperature.
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