Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

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Elevate your outdoor dining experience with these vibrant Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables.

Bursting with colors, flavors, and the smoky essence of the grill, this dish is a celebration of fresh and healthy ingredients that will transport you to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean.

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Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

Indulge in the goodness of these charcoal-grilled Mediterranean vegetables and savor the combination of smoky flavors and the natural sweetness of the vegetables.

In this recipe, a selection of summer vegetables is marinated in olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, garlic, and red wine vinegar and grilled to perfection.

Whether hosting a backyard barbecue or a Mediterranean-themed dinner party, the enticing colors and flavors of the grilled vegetables create a visually stunning and appetizing platter that is sure to impress your guests and leave a lasting impression.

Charcoal Grilled Vegetables with Herb Dressing

Reasons Why You’ll Love Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables!

  • Vibrant and Healthy: This dish is a feast for the eyes and the palate, showcasing a colorful array of Mediterranean vegetables that are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. It’s a guilt-free indulgence that nourishes your body with wholesome goodness.
  • Versatile Side Dish: The charcoal grilled Mediterranean vegetable platter complements a wide range of main dishes, from grilled meats to seafood, or even as a standalone vegetarian option. It adds a burst of freshness and a touch of Mediterranean flair to any meal.
  • Summer Soirées and Outdoor Gatherings: Whether you’re hosting a casual barbecue, a picnic in the park, or a festive potluck, this dish is a showstopper that will impress your guests and create a memorable dining experience. It’s the perfect addition to any outdoor gathering during the warm summer months.
Ingredients for Charcoal Grilled Vegetables as listed in the blog post below the image

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

  • Fresh ProduceParsley, Green Onions (Scallions/Spring Onions), Lemon, Garlic, Sweet Peppers (or Bell Peppers), Eggplant (Aubergine), Red Onions, Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine, Baby Portobello Mushrooms
  • PantryOlive Oil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper
  • Red Wine Vinegar

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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How Do I Make Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 55 minutes

We cooked the vegetables over charcoal, but this recipe can also be cooked on a gas grill or a grill pan on the stovetop.

Step 1 – Make Marinade: Place the olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, garlic, and red wine vinegar into a food processor.

Season generously with salt and pepper and pulse to combine, leaving some texture in the herbs.

Step 2 – Marinate the Vegetables: Place the vegetables into a shallow dish and drizzle with half of the herb marinade, reserving the other half for serving.

Toss the vegetable in the marinade to coat and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Prepared Vegetables for Charcoal Grilled Vegetables Recipe: mushrooms, sliced peppers, eggplant slices, skewered tomatoes, zucchini batons, onion wedges, and a bowl of herb marinade/dressing

Step 3 – Prepare Grill: While the vegetables are marinating, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and lightly coat the grates with oil or non-stick cooking spray.

Step 4 – Grill Vegetables: Place vegetables onto the hot grill. Grill until they become tender and develop nice grill marks on both sides.

The bell peppers, zucchinis, and tomatoes will need approximately 3-4 minutes per side, while the Portobello mushrooms, eggplant, and onions will need 5-6 minutes per side.

Remove the vegetables from the gill as they are ready and arrange on a serving platter.

Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

Step 5 – Garnish & Serve: Drizzle the grilled vegetables with the remaining marinade and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Recipe Tips

  • Cut all vegetables to a uniform thickness before grilling for the best results.
  • If you do not have the vegetables used here, feel free to substitute any sturdy vegetable you have on hand.
  • Sweetcorn – grill whole or cut into quarters or eighths as individual portions
  • Mushrooms – large flat portobello mushrooms are great for grilling (and a delicious veggie burger option too!)
  • Eggplant – also known as aubergines
  • Onions – red onions are used in this recipe, but white onions also grill well.
  • Asparagus – just be mindful not to lose them to the charcoals through the grates!
  • Potatoes – you’ll probably want to parboil them first so that they are cooked through.
  • Spanish Padron Peppers – we grew these chili peppers last year, and they were amazing on the grill!
  • The above are some of my favorites, but you could also try broccolini, cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, carrots, okra, pak choi, summer squash, cabbage wedges, and avocado halves.

Storing Leftovers & Freezing

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • To save leftovers, place the grilled Mediterranean vegetables in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
    • They can be enjoyed cold or gently reheated in a skillet or oven to preserve their flavors and textures.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Unfortunately, freezing the grilled vegetables may result in a change in texture and flavor. It’s best to enjoy them fresh or use them within the recommended storage period.
  • With all leftovers, ensure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • You can always consult the Food Standards Agency in your country for the most up-to-date advice on storing and freezing foods: Food Standards Agency (UK) | Food Safety (USA).

Printable Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables Recipe Card

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Charcoal Grilled Vegetables Recipe

Charcoal Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Platter

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Experience the vibrant flavors of charcoal-grilled Mediterranean vegetables a herb dressing.

Ingredients

For the Marinade

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup green onions or chives
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Remaining Ingredients

  • 2 sweet peppers, sliced into 4 long pieces
  • 2 medium zucchini (courgette), quartered lengthwise
  • 1 medium eggplant (aubergine), sliced into rounds
  • 2 small red onions, quartered
  • 1 bunch cherry tomatoes, on the vine or skewered onto BBQ sticks for grilling
  • 4 baby portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, garlic, and red wine vinegar into a food processor. Season generously with salt and pepper and pulse to combine, leaving some texture in the herbs.
  2. Place the vegetables into a shallow dish and drizzle with half of the herb marinade, reserving the other half for serving. Toss the vegetable in the marinade to coat and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are marinating, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and lightly coat the grates with oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Place vegetables onto the hot grill. Grill until they become tender and develop nice grill marks on both sides. The bell peppers, zucchinis, and tomatoes will need approximately 3-4 minutes per side, while the Portobello mushrooms, eggplant, and onions will need 5-6 minutes per side. Remove the vegetables from the gill as they are ready and arrange on a serving platter.
  5. Drizzle the grilled vegetables with the remaining marinade and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    Charcoal Grilled Vegetables Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 579mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 22gProtein: 14g

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