Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette

This is my idea of a summer dinner. Loads of grilled veggies, simply tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and an easy vinaigrette that’s exploding with flavor.

The dressing comes together in one minute in a blender or food processor and tastes like a beautiful basil bomb exploded in your mouth. I mean that in the best way possible.

Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette - Grilling gives these simply prepared vegetables the perfect amount of SMOKY flavor!! The basil vinaigrette is LOADED with layers of flavor and ready in 1 minute! Healthy, fast, EASY, minimal cleanup = the PERFECT recipe!!

There’s fresh basil, shallot, rice wine vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Simple but so intensely flavorful. Use my recipe as a guideline but taste and tweak based on what you think it needs.

There’s nothing like the smoky flavor of grilled food and lately I can’t get enough grilled veggies. I’ve eaten this or something similar to this for dinner most nights the past few weeks. Simple, easy, fast, virtually no cleanup, and I don’t heat up my house.

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Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette - Grilling gives these simply prepared vegetables the perfect amount of SMOKY flavor!! The basil vinaigrette is LOADED with layers of flavor and ready in 1 minute! Healthy, fast, EASY, minimal cleanup = the PERFECT recipe!!

Here I used red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, baby portobello mushrooms, and cauliflower. Mix and match based on what you have on hand. Try onions, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet potatoes, even broccoli.

If you want to add protein but still keep it light and vegetarian, grilled tofu or tempeh is great. I was going to add some tempeh here but already had plenty going on. I prefer grilling tempeh to tofu because it’s much firmer to begin with, holds together better for me, and I like the texture of the final result better.

Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette - Grilling gives these simply prepared vegetables the perfect amount of SMOKY flavor!! The basil vinaigrette is LOADED with layers of flavor and ready in 1 minute! Healthy, fast, EASY, minimal cleanup = the PERFECT recipe!!

Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette

This is my idea of a summer dinner. Simple, easy, fast, virtually no cleanup, and I don’t heat up my house. Loads of grilled veggies, simply tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and an easy vinaigrette that’s exploding with flavor. The dressing comes together in one minute in a blender with fresh basil, shallot, rice wine vinegar, honey, and olive oil. Simple but so intensely flavorful. I used red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, baby portobello mushrooms, and cauliflower. Mix and match based on what you have on hand.

Ingredients:

Vegetables

  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed and sliced on the bias into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 medium yellow squash, trimmed and sliced on the bias into 1/2-inch rounds
  • half of 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • half of 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • about 6 baby portobello mushrooms, with cores removed
  • about 2 cups cauliflower florets (broccoli florets may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Basil Vinaigrette 

  • about 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed (about 2 ounces or about 2 large handfuls)
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil
  • half of 1 large shallot (about the size of 2 cloves of garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (apple cider or your favorite vinegar may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or to taste (agave may be substituted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • splash water, optional see note below

Directions:

  1. Vegetables – Heat a gas grill to medium-high heat or a grill pan over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick grill spray.
  2. To a large bowl, add the vegetables, oil, salt, pepper, and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Arrange vegetables on grill in a single layer and cook for about 5 minutes on first side, flip and cook for about 5 minutes on second side, or until as done, tender, and as blackened as desired. All grills, vegetables, and personal preference for blackening vary; cook until done based on your variables. Remove vegetables from grill, arrange on a platter; set aside.
  4. Basil Vinaigrette – To the canister of a high speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients except water, and blend on high speed until smooth. Note – I used a Vita-Mix and the ingredients were just underneath the level of the blade so it was spinning around and not blending them so I added a splash of water just to bring the level up high enough to catch on the blade. I chose water rather than oil to save calories and fat but you could use more oil, or double the batch and add more basil, shallot, etc. Taste and make any necessary flavor adjustments (more salt, pepper, honey, etc.). Serve vinaigrette with the vegetables either on the side or drizzled over the top. Vinaigrette will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Vegetables are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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18 comments on “Grilled Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette”

  1. I can’t believe this….I have made this dressing 3 times already but with a little garlic rather than shallot. My basil plants have been growing faster than I can keep up with and by the time I clip them back I end up with a big bowl of it. I already had pesto in the freezer and was trying to come up with something else to use a lot at one time. It’s quite good on a tomato, cucumber, bell pepper and feta salad too!

    • I have been in love with this dressing the past few weeks. I receently just went out to a fancy restaurant in Vegas and they had something they called chive oil for bread. Which they claim was just chives, sea salt, and oil. I tried to replicate it but had so much basil on hand (overbought) that I threw basil in too. I use it on crackers when I want something savory rather than reaching for cheese. I wish I had basil plants like yours!

  2. We’ve both got healthy veggies on the brain today!! These look healthy & delish!

  3. We make grilled veggies at least 3-4x/week during the summer but I’ve never thought of adding in a vinaigrette! This is going on our menu this week!

    • You know how I am with sauces and dips, the more the merrier :) It really jazzes up these veggies and it’s a great foundation layer on crackers that I then top with gobs of cheese :)

  4. Grilled veggies are the BEST!! I can eat them every day.

  5. I am obsessed with grilled vegetables, and I love sauces / toppings (as a general thing). This looks like a fantastic pairing, and I am getting hungry looking at the perfect char you have attained on those glistening veggies!

  6. Oooooh YES! These look so darn tasty… they might even get my kids to eat their veggies! Cannot wait to try this recipe!

  7. This looks like my dinner every night! I never think to grill cauliflower or broccoli.

  8. These look really good. I always love vegetables on the grill and this looks like a great combination :)

  9. Looks absolutely lovely. Grilled veggies are the best, aren’t they? That char looks amazing.

  10. These veggies look so beautiful and delicious! That vinaigrette sounds so good! I’m obsessed with basil!

  11. This looks truely delicious! I think I will be making it for my parents next week or maybe already tomorrow! :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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