Whether served as a side vegetable or as the main entree, grilled vegetable kababs are an easy, colorful, and tasty dish to include at your summertime cookout. In this recipe, the vegetables are first marinated in a Dijon-herb mixture and then grilled, resulting in vegetable kebabs that are bursting with flavor. Use as a side dish to grilled meats or simply serve by themselves over a bed of couscous.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small yellow squash (sliced into 1/4 inch pieces)
- 1 Bermuda onion (cut into 8 pieces)
- 4 mushroom caps
- 1 red bell pepper (cut into 8 pieces)
- 1 Japanese eggplant (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
- Mix olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, basil, parsley, garlic, salt, and black pepper together in a small bowl.
- Place cut vegetables in a resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over vegetables, toss to coat, and seal bag. Place bag in the refrigerator and let sit for 1 to 3 hours.
- Preheat grill to medium heat. Place vegetables, alternating as you go, on skewers. Reserve marinade to brush vegetables as they cook.
- Place kebabs on grill and cover. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, brushing with marinade every 2 to 3 minutes and rotating the skewers to cook the vegetables evenly.
- Remove kababs from grill when the vegetables are brown and tender.
Tips and Variations
You can use wood or metal skewers for grilling kababs. If using wood skewers, you may want to soak them in water for about 10 minutes before sliding on the vegetables, especially if the skewers are thin or split easily when you add the ingredients. If you use metal skewers, make sure they are long enough that the handle is not directly over the heat; you might need to keep a burner off to create a cool side of the grill. And be sure to use heat-proof gloves when removing the kababs from the grill.
The vegetables in this recipe create a nice variety and plenty of colors, but you can adjust the selection to suit your taste. Consider using cherry tomatoes, green zucchini, and even sweet potatoes. Just be sure to cut them into similarly sized pieces so they cook at the same rate.
In addition to a side or main dish, these vegetable kababs are great as appetizers—just use shorter skewers for individual portions and serve with a dip or vinaigrette. The grilled vegetables are also delicious stuffed into a warmed pita for a healthy and filling lunch, or as a topping for a rice bowl along with grilled chicken and ancient grains.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||11 g|
|Saturated Fat||2 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||8 g|
|Dietary Fiber||10 g|