Grilled Vegetables ~ The Recipe Redux.

by Chef Pandita on June 21, 2011

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Summer officially starts today: that equals a lot of outdoor grilling, pitchers of lemonade or sangría and fun popsicles in the sun. Some people love grilling meat but my favorite food on the grill is definitely vegetables: eggplant, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, red peppers… More than a side dish for meat a plate of these veggies is the perfect meal anytime of the day!

I made these easy grilled vegetables for this month’s Recipe Redux. This is our first challenge; I am so happy and honored to be part of this group: you can read about it HERE and I gotta thank Regan, Serena and Deanna for letting me in this almost exclusive RD group. As soon as I heard about the recipe redux I was curious and wanted to join. Coming up with your own version of a monthly theme, focusing on wholesomeness and healthiness… what’s not to love? Instead of making the same recipe we can let our creativity flow and I know the 21st of each month will be a fun and exciting day for us recipe reduxers and our readers.

More than a recipe I’ll give you my favorite veggie marinade, you can play with it by adding more flavors and herbs. You can either marinade the veggies before grilling or just brush them with it once they’re on the grill.

Grilled Vegetable Marinade


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice [or balsamic vinegar]
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh oregano [or 1 teaspoon dry]
  • Salt and pepper


Mix all the ingredients and let the herbs and garlic infuse the oil. Marinade veggies for 30 minutes or just use this mixture to brush the veggies while they grill.

My favorite vegetables to grill [and pictured above] are zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, onion, tomato and sweet plantain. Just cut them in thick slices and have fun grilling whether outdoors or indoors on a grilling pan.

Note: some studies have shown that grilling meat can lead to the formation of carcinogen compounds. Proper marination may reduce the formation of these compounds. So if you’re grilling meat make sure to marinade it and eat a proper side of veggies with it :)

I will now leave you with this wonderful list of my fellow recipe reduxers. Go get inspired to fire the grill and leave them nice comments :) Looking forward to our next challenge!

Alexandra Caspero- Grilled Summer Fruit Salad
Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD- Grilled Romaine Salad
Ann Dunaway Teh – Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish!
Grilled Flank Steak with Grilled Corn and Peach Salsa
Cindy Brison – Nutrition Know How
Danielle Omar – Food Confidence- Grilled Sweet Peppers
Diane Welland – EatWellEatClean- Grilled Beet & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
Dr Barb’s Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad – The Nutrition Budgeteer
EA Stewart – The Spicy RD
Grilled Polenta Veggie Stacks with Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
Emma Stirling – The Scoop on Nutrition- Char Siu BBQ Pork
Gretchen – Kumquat- Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
Jackie Mills- Delicious Diabetes Cooking
Grilled Proscuitto Shrimp with Asian Dipping Sauce
Jessica Fishman Levinson – Nutritioulicious
Grilled Salmon Burgers with Cherry Chutney
Kat Lynch – Eating The Week
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with spiced couscous
Katie Caputo- East Meats West-Succulent Sirloin Kabobs
Kristen – Swanky Dietitian-Portabella Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Corn
Lisa – Healthful Sense-Grilled Veggie Bean Burgers
Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex – Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
Mushroom Burgers with the Works, Mushroom Cannellini Spread
Marie Spano- Italian Grilled Turkey Burgers
Nicole Ferring – Grilled Eggs
Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst- Grilled Plantains: A Sweet Summer Side Dish
Regan – The Professional Palate- Grilled Eggplant & Two-Tomato Whole-Wheat Piadina
Serena – Teaspoon of Spice- Grilled Watermelon Salad

What’s your favorite food to grill? Churrasco? Bananas with chocolate? 

Thanks for reading!


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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos June 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

ahhhh i was thinking about making some grilled veggies too! you are really inspiring me now!!! 😀 😀


yummychunklet June 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

Great post! This sounds like a tasty endeavor!


EA Stewart June 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

So glad you joined the group :-) And , I love this marinade for grilling veggies. Pure deliciousness!


Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

Wow, it’s like another DL Monday. I feel so spoiled. Great recipe and I can’t wait to check out the others. I love grilling zucchini and eggplant. Any type of meat will do too.


InspiredRD June 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

I love veggies on the grill. One of our favorite summer meals is grilled veggie pizza. Yum!


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian June 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This marinade sounds delicious! I say there is nothing better than simple grilled vegetables in summer! :)


thefooddoctor June 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I love the marinade!
I must try this soon


Maureen June 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This marinade looks so yummy. I’ve got heaps of veg from the farmers market and a grill just sitting there waiting for me to say hello.

But first I have to follow these links ! I can’t resist.


Regan Jones, RD June 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Sooo glad you joined & love this post! Glad you mentioned the benefits of marinating when grilling… the anti-carciogen factor is so important!

Looking forward to next month’s post already!


Kate@Diethood June 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

What a delicious marinade! I’ll definitely try this on my veggies… thanks, Yuri!


Deanna June 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

You can’t ever go wrong with the grilled veggies – and that marinade looks so simple yet divine! We’re excited to have you on board with Recipe ReDux!


gretchen June 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

love your cool veggie photo… and your banana and chocolate on the grill idea sounds ridiculously good. (why didn’t someone do that?!)


Emma Stirling June 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Love your blog and checking out all the Reduxers from my little spot down under. Can’t wait for next month. Emma


frecome June 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I love those Sweet Plantains on the grill you used in your dish, they add such a nice sweetness to grilled veggies


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