Now that spring is here, it’s time to get outside and start grilling Mediterranean-style. Grilling vegetables is a great way to enhance their natural flavors and can be an inspiring way to increase your uptake of veggies. Here is our first grilling recipe of the year – traditional grilled Italian vegetables. It’s brought to us by our Italian recipe developer, Giorgia Fontana. Check out her write-up below!
Here in Italy, whenever you grill meat or fish you also grill some vegetables to go with it. In fact, in my experience, most of the time you start by grilling the vegetables while the embers are getting hot and end up eating them all while the meat is still cooking!
This recipe for grilled Italian vegetables is so common there are hundreds of variations and every family has its own perfected recipe. Today, I’ve chosen what is arguably the most traditional version, made with eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, red onion and radicchio. That being said, it is possible of course to use almost any kind of vegetable you like! Some pretty common additions are fresh artichokes, fennel, endive, tomatoes, asparagus and carrots, depending on the period of the year.
This colorful vegetarian dish is a staple at my place because it makes a great side for the whole family, is very healthy and also extremely tasty! Moreover, it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and does not require any marinade or resting time. For this reason, this is one of my go to recipes whenever I need a quick vegetable dish that is both beautiful to see and super easy to come up with.
In the end, there is nothing that screams spring more than an epic grilling party outdoors with the whole family! Of course, if you can’t prepare these grilled vegetables under the shining sun, you can also make them indoors by using a simple grilling pan. The result will be just as good!
Finally, to make sure this dish is as good as it can be, try to use vegetables that are in season. This way, the vinaigrette will enhance the natural flavor making them even more mouth-watering and delicious.
If you are interested in finding out what vegetables are in season, click here.
More traditional Italian recipes from Giorgia Fontana