Grilled Vegetable Salad
This Grilled Vegetable Salad recipe has perfectly charred vegetables dressed with a sunny, herby lemon vinaigrette. Bites of creamy, salty blue cheese (or substitute Parmesan) are the finishing touch!
Grilled Vegetable Salad is a Summertime Favorite!
Every summer, we seem to grasp onto a new-to-us salad or salad dressing. And 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. The grand finale is a sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles over the top (or shaved Parmesan, if you prefer!).
This is definitely one of my favorite vegetable salad recipes, a surefire way to get everybody eating their veggies. Serve it with this ultra tender and flavorful Beer Can Chicken, easy Grilled Turkey Tenderloin, or this Sweet and Smoky Grilled Salmon for a meal entirely from the grill!
Other fresh summertime salad hits in clude this crazy good Italian Chopped Salad that’s dressed with the zippiest Italian Vinaigrette, Grilled Romaine with the BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, and my grandma’s Fresh Ginger Dressing.
What You’ll Need
Grab an armful of fresh vegetables and a few other items, and let’s make this salad – here’s what you’ll need!
- fresh vegetables – see my list of favorites below!
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- herby lemon vinaigrette
- blue cheese crumbles – or substitute shaved Parmesan if you’re not a blue cheese fan!
What are the best grilled vegetables?
I could eat grilled vegetables every single day, all year long. There is nothing like the char from a hot grill!
These are our favorites, the best veggies to grill for this salad:
- red onion
- sweet corn
- red bell peppers
- yellow squash
I also toss in some fresh grape or cherry tomatoes when dressing the finished salad, but we don’t grill them.
How to Make This Grilled Vegetable Salad
You’ll usually find our whole family in the kitchen, prepping this salad together. This is how we prepare the vegetables for the grill:
- Prep the vegetables: Wash the vegetables, then cut into grill-friendly portions. Snap off any tough ends on the asparagus. Core and then cut the red pepper into quarters. Slice the red onion into thick rings. Cut the zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise into quarters. My favorite large cutting board (affiliate link) gives us plenty of space to cut and slice like champs!
- Toss with oil, salt & pepper: Place the prepared vegetables on a large rimmed pan (affiliate link). Then drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & black pepper.
- Grill the vegetables: Grill the veggies until they’re beautifully charred and nicely softened.
- Chop the vegetables: Once the veggies are cool enough to handle, chop them into bite-size pieces, about 1″ to 1.5″ chunks.
- Toss with lemon vinaigrette: Place the chopped vegetables in a serving bowl and drizzle this bright and sunny herby lemon vinaigrette over the top. Fold gently to combine.
This citrusy vinaigrette has tons of versatility. So I like to dress a variety of salads with it, and even use it as a marinade for grilling!
- Finish with cheese: Blue cheese is my favorite for this salad – a sprinkling of these salty, creamy, pungent bites is absolutely amazing! But I totally get that not everyone likes blue cheese. In which case, I also recommend grabbing 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 vegetable salad a little different vibe, but it’s still a very, VERY good vibe!
Can I Make This Ahead of Time?
This is a GREAT salad to prep ahead of time!
You can definitely clean and cut all the vegetables earlier in the day, or even the night before. Same goes for the lemon vinaigrette – go ahead and make that up to a couple days in advance.
When we’re serving this to guests during the summer, Blake usually grills up all the vegetables an hour or so before guests arrive. Once they’ve cooled a bit, I cut them into bite-size pieces and place them in a serving bowl; and set aside. After our guests arrive, all that’s left to do is toss the vegetables with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with blue cheese. Easy peasy!
Can I Use a Different Dressing?
If you’d like to use something other than the lemon vinaigrette, I have a couple delicious options for you. I’d suggest this delicious balsamic vinaigrette. Or how about a creamy buttermilk ranch. Or this super zesty Italian vinaigrette.
If using the balsamic, I’d suggest using goat cheese, blue cheese, or Parmesan. I’d probably skip the cheese with the ranch dressing. And I’d add some shaved Parmesan if using the Italian vinaigrette.
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- 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 pound asparagus, tough ends snapped off
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- herby lemon vinaigrette - can be made a day or two prior!
- 4 ounces 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 prepared/cut corn, yellow squash, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, and asparagus on a large rimmed pan. The pan will be very full. Here's my favorite large cutting board and my favorite knife for recipes that involve alot of cutting and chopping. Drizzle olive oil over all vegetables. Keep sliced rings of red onion intact, brushing the olive oil evenly over the cut surfaces. With your hands, gently fold the rest of the vegetables until they are all nicely coated with the olive oil. 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 - you'll want a good set of tongs for flipping the vegetables. 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, about an inch or so in size. 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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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 9g