Balsamic Grilled Vegetables are thick-cut veggies grilled to a crispy tender texture with a beautiful char. They’re tossed in a homemade tangy balsamic marinade that is so good even your kids will enjoy it. Served warm or cold, this easy dressing with grilled vegetables is a summer side dish that pairs well with other healthy grill recipes and makes the most delicious leftovers!
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Making grilled vegetables with a delicious balsamic dressing is one of my favourite ways to enjoy veggies in the summer. It’s fresh, it’s healthy and when using a variety of different colours, it’s beautiful!
It’s a quick and simple side dish that takes very little effort at all, and is infused with so much flavor not only from the balsamic dressing but from the grilling itself. It’s not only a hit at BBQs and potlucks but it’s also a hit any day of the week. This grilled veggies recipe with a sweet and tangy balsamic dressing will have your kids asking for seconds!
Not only does the balsamic dressing work as a dressing, but you could switch things up and use it as a grilled vegetable marinade! It works with almost any crispy tender vegetable, and although it’s the same dressing used for everything, the grilling helps bring out the individual flavor of each different veggie. It’s incredible!
Preparing grilled veggies is an amazing way to show off what you’ve got growing in your garden, but it’s also a nice excuse to visit your local farmer’s market. This recipe works with the stovetop and the oven as well, but in the summertime, there’s nothing better than healthy grilled veggies!
Take your everyday veggies and make them exciting again with this grilled vegetable recipe, and when serving a larger crowd, double or triple the recipe! Even if you’re not, you could still make a lot and keep the leftovers for lunches during the week.
This grilled vegetables recipe is tasty hot off the grill or cold straight from the fridge 3 days later. Think of a beef stew, borscht or balsamic pot roast, the longer they sit, the better the flavor!
Why This Balsamic Grilled Vegetables Recipe Works?
- A simple side with ultimate flavour.
- Quick and easy and virtually effortless.
- Goes with most main protein dishes like carne asada steak, chili lime chicken, healthy turkey burgers or grilled salmon.
- Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly.
- A great make-ahead dish that is great for meal prep and leftovers.
- Kid-friendly and kid-approved, they’ll be asking for more.
- Versatile because you can use leftovers in different ways. In a sandwich, on a salad, as a pizza topping, inside quesadillas, you name it.
- Customizable to whatever firm veggies you have on hand.
What Are the Best Vegetables to Grill?
You want to grill any firm spring or summer vegetable. Ones that will hold firm on the grill but also that won’t get extremely soggy as it sits in the dressing. Cucumbers or cabbage are examples of which won’t work. Below is a list of ideas that will work.
- Bell pepper
- Red onion
- Asparagus – also delicious when broiled!
How to Grill Vegetables
- Make the balsamic dressing (“marinade”). No grilled vegetable marinade or marinating required – season after grilling. I am from Ukraine and we cook simple food. Extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh parsley or basil make the best and easy dressing for best-grilled vegetables.
- Wash and cut vegetables. I like to cut bell pepper into wide strips and the onion into “steaks.” As for zucchini, you have to go by its size. Baby zucchini need a slice lengthwise and maybe a chop in half for shorter “sticks.” Huge garden zucchini is best sliced in thick rounds.
- Grill vegetables covered on low heat for 12 minutes turning once. Vegetables should be tender to the touch, with nice grill marks. Cook longer if you like softer vegetables.
- Toss with balsamic dressing and fresh herbs. Serve warm or allow it to chill, it’s up to you!
Tips & Variations
- If you want to try roasting them instead, toss them in the oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes and then toss them in the dressing.
- Grill veggies of similar size and thickness at the same time, for even cooking.
- For kebabs, cut veggies into 1-inch chunks and place them on skewers before grilling. You could then glaze them with the dressing, or use the dressing as the marinade before grilling.
- Once your grill is hot, don’t skip the cooking spray. It will help keep your vegetables from sticking.
- If you decide to cut smaller pieces, consider using a grill basket that way you don’t lose any to the BBQ black hole.
To thicken balsamic vinegar, you would normally allow it to cook until it reduces by half. Some people might add a little sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar, but otherwise, it’s pretty much just the vinegar. In this case, the oil would make it difficult to thicken up in the same way.
You can freeze grilled veggies based on two things. One, you freeze them without the dressing, and two, know they will be soggy once you thaw them. Reheat in the oven to crisp back up again!
This recipe uses low heat, so that really depends on what your meat recipe calls for. When cooking meat on low, it usually means it’s going to take a while, in which case the timing would be off. If you’re just reheating meat, you could definitely do that at the same time. You could plan ahead and put your grilled meat on first then as it nears time to be done, make this grilled vegetable recipe. Timing will be key.
Absolutely! This simple homemade dressing happens to be one of my favourites, but you can definitely use whichever is your favorite. Store bought works in a pinch, especially if your family has a preference. Keep in mind, store bought dressing can have a lot of hidden sugars, gluten, and bad fats.
What to Serve with Grilled Vegetables?
Grilled vegetables are a classic summer side dish. Therefore it only makes sense to grill meat or fish to go with it like:
- Grilled lemon rosemary chicken
- Cajun chicken
- Shrimp skewers
- Grilled salmon
- Simple grilled chicken breast
- Cedar plank salmon
- Cilantro lime chicken
Alternatively, you could serve the veggies as a side alongside healthy green salads like this spinach salad, cucumber and tomato salad, kale Caesar salad or any of these 65 healthy sides! Or serve them with a plant based protein such as air fryer tofu!
My husband, Alex, also loves to cut pitas in half, brush with garlic olive oil, and grill for a few minutes per side. So good!
Making this Grilled Veggies Recipe in Advance
To make ahead: Cut up vegetables, place in a large bowl or container, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Because vegetables contain a lot of moisture, they will not dry out.
To store: Refrigerate for up to 3 days and enjoy because leftovers taste even better cold the next day! They marinate in the oil and vinegar dressing and get extra flavorful.
Grilled too many? You can always add leftover veggies at the very end to a soup like vegetable soup. Nothing goes to waste in our household and shouldn’t in yours too. 40% of America’s food ends up in a landfill. 🙁
Please enjoy and let me know how you liked this recipe!
More Healthy Grill-Season Recipes to Try
- Grilled zucchini pizza
- Healthy salmon burgers
- Grilled Fish Tacos
- Greek chicken kabobs
- Turkey sliders
- Browse my favorite healthy grill recipes!
Or check out my complete list of grilling season recipes, for more inspiration!
Best Ever Grilled Vegetables
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Set aside. Preheat grill on low heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Place vegetables in a single layer on the grill, close the lid and cook for 12 minutes, flipping once.* Vegetables should be tender to the touch, with nice grill marks. Cook longer if you like softer vegetables.
- Transfer vegetables to a large bowl, pour balsamic dressing on top, sprinkle with parsley/basil and gently mix.
- Serve hot, warm or cold with grilled meat or seafood, and a side of quinoa or brown rice.
To make ahead: Cut up vegetables, place in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
To store: Refrigerate for up to 3 days and enjoy because leftovers taste even better cold the next day!
Grilled too many? You can always add leftover veggies at the very end to a soup like vegetable soup.
- Grills vary. Cooking time will vary depending on the age and make/model of your grill. I have new Coleman BBQ which is quite powerful if I compare it to my old grill. Use your judgement and experience with your grill.
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