We regularly pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. Today it's time to get outside and get inspired to throw some veggies (and fruit!) on the grill with some fabulous grilling recipes.
Editor's Note: This article is sponsored by Half Your Plate. Filling half your plate with fruit and veggies at every meal or snack is an oh so easy way to help ensure a healthy diet!
When summer hits, the last thing you want to do is turn on an oven. Nope, that's when you want to pull out the tongs and fire up the grill and cook outdoors!
Think about it, not only do you get to keep the house cool, but everyone else is going to be outside hanging out with you while you cook up a simple but delicious storm!
Now you can do burgers and dogs and steaks on the BBQ but don't forget the veggies (or even the fruit). Veggies on the grill go from side dish to the star of the show. It's amazing what a little olive oil, some seasoning and a few turns on the grill can do to the most humble vegetable. And when it comes to fruit - all those sweet fruit juices caramelizing over a flame... it's a beautiful thing!
We all need we need to be eating more plants. Even Canada's Food Guide has told us bring more plants into our diets and if there's ever a time where it's so easy to fill Half Your Plate with vegetables and fruits at every meal, it's summer. Nature's bounty is all around us just begging to be eaten. Ears of corn, fresh carrots, snappy green beans, plump stone fruits and berries... oh the berries!
This collection of grilled vegetable recipes will get you inspired to think outside the (BBQ) box this season and get creative with the best food the season has to offer. Kick of the summer with a Father's Day BBQ, get ready for Canada Day celebrations, pool parties, out of town guests and just hanging out chilling with something delicious off the grill. From tempting warm salads topped with caramelized fruits and grilled veg, to a fresh take on grilled corn and Greek Salad, and of course, burgers - Portobello burgers that is - and pizza. Happy grilling!
1. Grilled Peach, Onion and Bacon Salad
This is a summer flavour combo we can't resist... peaches, bacon and sweet onions. My Kitchen Love's Grilled Peach, Bacon and Onion Salad topped with a tangy homemade Buttermilk Herby Dressing will be a showstopper at your next BBQ.
2. Portobello Mushroom Sliders
You can't have a BBQ without burgers. These Portobello Mushroom Sliders from The Food Blog are topped with Oka Cheese and Maple Caramelized Onions making them oh so delicious - and pretty great for a Canada Day BBQ!
3. Grilled Asparagus and Onion Crostini with Cannellini Hummus
For a fabulous grilled appetizer you'll want to try SugarLoveSpices' Grilled Asparagus and Grilled Onion Crostini. They're topped with some cannellini bean hummus and shaved parmesan making them full of flavours and textures.
4. BBQ Hasselback Potatoes
Make everyone's favourite potato on the grill! BBQ Hasselback Potatoes from Half Your Plate are an easy, minimal ingredient recipe - sprinkle them with a little Romano or Parmesan cheese for a delicious dish everyone will love!
5. Grilled Strawberry and Halloumi Salad
Think you can't grill strawberries? Think again! All you need are some soaked wooden skewers and you're good to go! This Grilled Strawberry and Halloumi Salad from Our Happy Mess is a wonderful way to make the most of strawberry season and grilling season.
6. Miso Grilled Corn
Grilled corn is a staple of summer but why not dress it up a little bit? Miso Grilled Corn from Diversivore adds an extra zip of salty and savoury to pair with our wonderful local sweet corn. This will be an easy summer grilling favourite!
7. Grilled White Mushroom Pizzas
These easy to make Grilled White Mushroom Pizzas are also vegan and use a Garlic Cashew White Sauce for the base. Perfect for feeding a whole crowd!
8. Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad
Greek salad is always a summer picnic classic. Change it up this summer with this Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad from Making Healthy Choices. Grilled zucchini replaces the classic cucumber for a summer twist - and they're a great way to use up all that extra summer zucchini!
9. Escalivada (Grilled Vegetables
by In The Kitch
There's grilled veggies and then... there's Escalivada. Escilivada, from In The Kitch, is a Spanish dish that takes your ordinary grilled veggies to the next level. It's still super easy but a tangy, savoury dressing elevates the flavours of the veggies taking them from side dish to star of the show.
10. Grilled Zucchini With Rhubarb Glaze
Make the most of rhubarb season by making this Rhubarb Glazed Grilled Zucchini by The Primal Desire. A perfect way to add some zest to your grilled zucchini!
11. Grilled Summer Fruit Salad
Grilling fruit is a delicious way to bring out its sweetness and this Grilled Summer Fruit Salad from Half Your Plate is a great way to use summer fruits. It can go from breakfast to dessert!
12. Coconut and Lime Grilled Pineapple
The best way to top of a great meal is with a great dessert. You don't have to get fancy during grilling season to have an amazing dessert. This Coconut Lime Grilled Pineapple from The Whisking Witch is easy but delicious with it's maple syrup glaze. It makes a perfectly light and sweet dessert for a big meal!