Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Grilled Veggie Salad

We had a small family party on Memorial Day, and except for the amazing burgers and natural casing dogs from a local farm, we made all of the food.

Appetizers -
- Jon's
shrimp and cocktail sauce
Pico de gallo (Jon made it this time)
Tortilla pinwheels - I made some like the ones in my original post with the addition of chopped fresh spinach, and changed up some ingredients on the other half. I mixed cream cheese with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne instead of using the dry Ranch dressing. Delicious!

In addition to my
potato salad, I also wanted to serve another fresh salad. I came up with an idea for grilled vegetable salad while flying to Chicago last week (lots of time to think on a plane!).

Ingredients (serves 10)
  • 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 2 yellow squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 5 bell peppers - I used a mix of green, red, yellow, and orange. Remove tops and seeds
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, quartered
  • 1 head garlic
  • Handful chopped fresh basil
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper, dried oregano


  • Toss veggies (except garlic) with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano
  • Chop the top off the head of garlic, drizzle with olive oil, and wrap in foil. Place on top rack of grill to roast.
  • Grill veggies until you get some nice color on them. I had to do this in 2 batches and it took about 20 minutes total. Remove veggies from grill and chop into bite sized pieces.
  • Remove garlic from the grill after 30 minutes and peel - I was surprised that it had perfectly roasted in that time!
  • Toss veggies with the garlic and basil. Chill until ready to serve.

When I thought about this recipe, I planned on tossing the veggies with olive oil after they were grilled as well, but I didn't have to. I didn't even need to add more salt and pepper, and the basil was just a nice touch at the end - I probably could have gone without it.

The grilled flavor was enough to make this a delicious and fresh salad. And could it be any prettier? I love all of the colors.

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  1. This looks great and so colorful. I love roasted veggies!

  2. One of my favorite things about bbq season are the grilled veggies. They're sooo much better than boring old steamed...

  3. yum, nothing better than nice summer vegetables on the grill, especially with basil!

  4. I love grilled veggies! Looks like the perfect salad!