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

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 Mixed Vegetables with Basil Dressing

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 plant exploded in your mouth. I mean that in the best way possible.

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 mixed 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.

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!!

Ingredients in Grilled Mixed Vegetables with Basil Dressing

For this easy grilled veggies recipe that’s perfect for summer, I used:

  • Red and yellow bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Baby portobello mushrooms
  • Cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the basil sauce for the grilled vegetables  you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to Make Grilled Mixed Vegetables 

It doesn’t get any easy than this fast and easy Italian grilled vegetables recipe! Follow these easy steps:

  1. Heat a gas grill to medium-high heat or a grill pan over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick grill spray.
  2. Add the vegetables to a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  3. Grill for about 10 minutes total, flipping once or twice as needed.
  4. For the basil dressing, simply add all the ingredients to the canister of a high speed blender and blend away! Drizzle over your grilled veggies as desired.

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!!

Can I Grill Other Veggies? 

Yes, of course! Feel free to mix and match based on what you have on hand. Try onions, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet potatoes, even broccoli.

Is it Possible to Add Protein to a Grilled Vegetables Recipes?

Sure it it! 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.

Tip: 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.

If you want to add grilled chicken, I have so many summery grilled chicken recipes including Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken, Grilled Lemon Chicken, or Peach Chili Grilled Chicken

The Best Sauces for Grilled Vegetables

I love using this basil dressing for grilled vegetables, but you can also dunk or drizzle the veggies with one of the following: 

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!

How to Store Leftover Grilled Vegetables

It’s always a nice treat to enjoy your grilled vegetables hot and fresh from the grill. However, I tend to make extra to toss over salads in the upcoming day or two.

Generally speaking most grilled vegetables will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

The basil vinaigrette isn’t quite as forgiving and will begin to oxidize and turn darker as time passes. The taste won’t be affected but it doesn’t look quite as pretty so I recommend consuming that within 1 to 2 days. Store it airtight in the fridge. 

Your homemade basil dressing is also great drizzled over grilled chicken, steak, or use it as a dip for something as basis as carrot and celery sticks. 

Grilled Mixed Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette
Yield: 4

Grilled Mixed Vegetables with Basil Vinaigrette

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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

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

Instructions

Vegetables

  1. 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.

Basil Vinaigrette 

  1. To the canister of a high speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients except water, and blend on high speed until smooth.* (See Notes)
  2. Taste and make any necessary flavor adjustments (more salt, pepper, honey, etc.).
  3. Serve vinaigrette with the vegetables either on the side or drizzled over the top.

Notes

*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.

Storage: Vinaigrette will begin to oxidize within 48 hours so I recommend consuming it sooner rather than later. However it will taste fine despite the appearance so technically will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Grilled vegetables are optimal when warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. For that reason, I make extra and add them to salads in the upcoming days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 553mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 6g

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