Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

by Marla on June 13, 2011 · 103 comments

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Grilled vegetables on blue & white china

Get Grillin’ is off to a great start! This week our theme is Side Dishes, I am so excited about these Balsamic Grilled Veggies. Cookin’ Canuck and I had a blast last week with all of your tempting appetizer recipes. We can’t wait to see what side dishes you will share in this link up. Remember, you can submit any side you a would bring to an outdoor get together – it does not have to be grilled. Entering will qualify you to win a gorgeous Emile Henry 8″ Flame Bean Pot.

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Do you own a grill basket? If not you totally should. They are the simplest way to grill your veggies. It will prevent them from falling down your grill grates. Keep a pair of long tongs handy too as you will be flipping & tossing the vegetables every few minutes.

Vegetables with tongs in metal bowl

Grilling is one of the simplest ways to prepare vegetables, the results are spectacular. I always make a big batch. They are great with burgers, fish, steak, ribs, etc. If you are vegetarian simply serve them with a few cubes of feta or shaved parmesan. Vegan? How about sautéed tofu or tempeh pieces mixed in.

Grilled vegetables on blue & white china

I like to add a heaping serving of these veggies over a mixed salad with pieces of my favorite Trader Joe’s Andouille Chicken sausage. A quick and simple lunch or dinner idea.

See those charred, browned bits on the bottom of the grill pan. Scrape ’em up, they add lots of flavor.

Cherry tomatoes, red onion, string beans on the grill

If you have any hesitation at all to fire up your grill then Dara has a great post called How to: Turn on a Gas Grill…Barbecue 101. If you are not all ready a grill master this will help get you in your backyard with a pair of tongs, a grill basket and a grin.

Grilled vegetables on blue & white china

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10 Cups

Serving Size: 1/2 to 1 cup per person

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables


  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 12 ounces Green Beans, trim ends and cut in half
  • 8 ounces Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion, cut into bite sized chunky pieces
  • a handful of Garlic Cloves, skins removed
  • a few splashes of Olive Oil
  • a few splashes of Balsamic Vinegar
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Smoked Paprika to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Optional Garnish
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Your favorite cheese


  • Pre heat your grill (I use a gas grill) to medium high heat. Toss all your chopped vegetables in a large bowl with enough oil and balsamic for an even thin coating. Put them in your grill basket. Grill with the lid closed for about 15-20 minutes until the veggies are slightly charred and cooked to your liking. Toss every few minutes to ensure that they are not burning and they cook on all sides.
  • Notes
  • Grilled vegetables are more a cooking method than anything that would require precise measurements. Feel free to experiment will all kinds of veggies. Just be sure to watch closely, denser ones will take longer to cook. If you find certain ones are quick grillers, then prepare your selections in batches.
  • Chop vegetables so they are relatively similar sizes.
  • Experiment with seasonings and sauces for different flavor combinations.
  • Use whatever you have on hand. Zucchini, asparagus, bell pepper, squash, etc. would be great too.

Grilled Vegetable Recipe Links

Summer grill blogger event hosted by food blogs

Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to @FoodieBride. Thanks so much for all of your entries.

Our awesome sponsor Emile Henry is providing one lucky reader with an 8″ (2.6 quart) Flame Bean Pot. What could be better than a pot designed for both the oven and the stove? It can even be used on your grill to simmer baked beans. The natural glazed clay surface of the Flame Pot is easy to clean, safe for the dishwasher and allows for slow, even cooking. These pots are 30% lighter than Cast Iron. This is a go-to pan for so many reasons. Our giveaway is valued at $118.

This giveaway is open to USA visitors and will be open until Sunday, June 19th at 5pm PST.

The winner will be chosen at and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

This week’s theme is Side Dishes. Remember, your recipes do not have to be made on the grill. Any backyard barbecue-appropriate recipe will do.

How to Enter

1) You can enter up to three (3) recipes in each week of Get Grillin’

If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay. Just leave your recipe in the comments section of our themed post during any day of the themed week. Just do so on either Dara’s or my blog, not both.

2) For a chance to win some Emile Henry, enter your recipe(s) using the recipe link widget found below. Add your link to your grilling post to the widget on either Family Fresh Cooking or Cookin’ Canuck. You only need to add it on one site, but it will show up on both.If you don’t have a blog, then enter your recipe in the comments section. Read below for instructions on earning extra entries.

3) Somewhere in your post, please include the following “Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans.” This must be included for a chance to win the prize of the week.

To earn additional entries (you can only do so if you have entered a recipe), leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, the number generator will not count them as separate entries.

  1. Re-tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use: #GetGrillin w/@MarlaMeridith & @cookincanuck. Share Side Dish recipes for a chance to win a Emile Henry Flame Bean Pot
  2. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  3. Follow @CookinCanuck on Twitter
  4. Copy and paste our Get Grillin’ Badge into your sidebar or blog post.
  5. Stumble this post

*You can stay in touch with Emile Henry on FacebookFamily Fresh Cooking or Cookin’ Canuck too.

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{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 13, 2011 at 2:42 am

I am not entering a recipe b/c am pressed for time but just want to wish everyone luck who is entering and tell you how FABULOUS your photos look.

Mmm, just beautiful! Makes me want to get grillin’



2 Katrina June 13, 2011 at 3:01 am

So yummy! Thanks!


3 Rosa June 13, 2011 at 3:11 am

A fantastic veggie recipe! Those look so flavorful. I love using balsamic vinegar in such dishes.




4 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 13, 2011 at 3:55 am

Love those grilled veggies! I only wish I had a grill :-( I’ve got to take advantage of my friends and family’s grilling get-togethers to make them.


5 Marla June 13, 2011 at 4:35 am

Sylvie if I did not have a grill I would lay them out on a sheet pan and roast the heck out of them in a 400˚ oven. Watch carefully & toss periodically should you do this. The results would be pretty similar.


6 Jeanette June 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

Marla – love your gorgeous grilled vegetables! I tweeted this giveaway.


7 Jeanette June 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

I am following you on twitter.


8 Jeanette June 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

I am following Cookin’ Canuck on twitter.


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 13, 2011 at 4:47 am

balsamic makes everything better :)


10 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 13, 2011 at 4:55 am

Looks delicious! Funny I just made a very similar recipe =)


11 yummychunklet June 13, 2011 at 5:50 am

Your veggies look amazing!


12 FoodFitnessFreshair June 13, 2011 at 6:08 am

These veggies look great! Perfect for National Fruit & Veggie month. I’ve never used a grill basket, but it looks like such a useful grill accessory. I’ll have to look into that.


13 Maria June 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

Grilled veggies are my favorite! Your veggies look perfect!


14 Cookin' Canuck June 13, 2011 at 6:14 am

What a great recipe, Marla. I don’t use my grill basket often enough. I’m excited to be entering the second week of Get Grillin’ with you and can’t wait to see what everybody cooks up.


15 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 13, 2011 at 6:16 am

Yum! I need to think about breaking out the grill this week. Correction: I NEED to break out the grill this week!


16 Winnie June 13, 2011 at 7:11 am

I always love your photos, but have to say I love the simplicity of your styling for this post. Your grilled veggies look great, I’ve added my spicy cucumber salad to the “linky”, and I just re-tweeted the giveaway :)


17 Marla June 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

Winne, thanks so much for entering your wonderful cucumber salad. Thanks also for sharing your compliments on the photos. It was a quick photo shoot & I agree the simplicity is nice for a change. I think I will style like this more often :)


18 Winnie June 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

I follow you on twitter…


19 Winnie June 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

I follow Dara on twitter…


20 Winnie June 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

I stumbled this post :)


21 the urban baker June 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

I would love that right now with a poached egg right on top of it! I need a grill basket! x


22 Georgia Pellegrini June 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

This looks divine, I love the color. I’ll browse through my recipes and post one!


23 Nancy@acommunaltable June 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

These are beautiful veggies Marla – so simple and so delicious!! We definitely have similar tastes because I also love them on a salad for lunch or dinner too!!!

This is such a great idea that you and Dara had – will be posting my side ASAP!!


24 Helene June 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

During the week-end I grilled my veggies with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and it makes a big difference in taste and flavor. Those grill baskets are really handy.


25 Marla June 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Helene, aren’t those grill baskets the best!! Mine will be use the rest of the summer. Amazing how much they hold.


26 Lucy@The Sweet Touch June 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

These veggies look great! Must give them a try!


27 Ellie@fitforthesoul June 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

wow this is such a cool kitchen item! Love the dish and I know it would be good if you scrape the basket–that’s where the yumminess comes from 😀


28 Marla June 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Yes Ellie, all that greatness is from scraping the grill basket…for certain *love*


29 Lucy June 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I like the new more minimal styling – very English my dear!


30 Marla June 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Miss Lean, I think I will be playing up that minimal styling more & more this summer. It felt fun & freeing. Glad you likey…you have great taste girl!


31 Faith June 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

What a gorgeous, bright salad this is! Grilled veggies are second to none…I love the sweet, caramelized flavor they get!


32 Maris (In Good Taste) June 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

These look great, I love grilled veggies. So colorful and healthy!


33 Simply Life June 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

all these veggies look perfect to enjoy outside in the summer!


34 Mandy - The Complete Cook Book June 14, 2011 at 2:46 am

Grilled veggies are always a hit and the combinations are endless. I have linked a potato bake for you.
:-) Mandy


35 Marla June 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

Mandy thanks for entering your potato bake. It looks great!


36 Peggy June 14, 2011 at 6:37 am

Those veggies look absolutely awesome! And you’re right… I definitely need to invest in a grill basket pronto!


37 purabi naha June 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

Grilled veggies are truly a great choice! Your dish looks very very yummy!


38 Jessica June 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

I love grilled veggies during the summer!


39 Lisa {With Style and Grace} June 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Love grilled vegetables – definitely need to try this recipe!


40 Mariko June 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

Yummmy. I love grilled veggies. Something about the browned edge of a veggie– it gets me so much more than any meat, really.
Awesome giveaway. I will wrack my brain for something good.


41 Marla June 15, 2011 at 7:01 am

Oh yes, those brown edges are amazing! My favorite part too. Please submit any side dishes you have. We just want everyone to get involved in the fun. No over thinking girl 😉


42 Joanne June 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

After seeing these fabulous veggies, I’m thinking I need to get a grill basket for my dad for father’s day! The gift that keeps on giving…


43 Marla June 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

Joanne, you are so right. You and your dad need grill baskets (then again you probably don’t have a grill in NYC 😉 He will love it & yes, it is the gift that will last a lifetime.


44 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

Fabulous as always! I am craving some now!


45 Shawnda June 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

Beautiful veggies! I think Landry & I need to get Jason a grill basket for Father’s Day. :)

I linked up some potato salad – thanks for the reminder!


46 Marla June 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Shawnda, thanks for linking up those gorgeous potatoes! Yes, you must get ahold of a grill basket. Life changing I tell ya 😉


47 Nicole, RD June 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

These look all those summery colors!


48 Ragnhild June 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

This looks just heavenly! There is nothing better than grilled vegetables, And balsamic makes everything even more yummy! Must try this at the BBQ Im going to this weekend!


49 Katie June 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Oh, goodness. I’d eat the whole recipe. Yum!


50 Dana@TheSundaySweet June 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I am investing in a grill basket! Those veggies look amazing. Not to mention the balsamic vinegar. One of my favorite things in the world!


51 Sally June 16, 2011 at 5:13 am

What a great idea–one neat place for inspiration on grilling! Thanks for your comment on my beet and onion pickles (they taste good, too!) You don’t need to enter me in the contest; playing the game is more than enough fun. I need a grill basket! These look beautiful (and tantalizing.)


52 Marla June 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

Sally, I am dazzled by your gorgeous photography and recipes. Those beet and onion pickles are great for summer entertaining and the colors are fabulous! I am so happy that our readers get to share such a wealth of info with each other. This virtual party is so fun. Thanks for being such an inspiration.


53 Shawnda June 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

We follow you on Twitter!


54 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

I love grilled veggies and I really love the colorful mix of veggies you chose!


55 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy June 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

Just linked my corn fritters.What a wonderful collection of recipes this week.I have bookmarked few even though I dont have a grill..but a stove top grill pan might work!


56 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy June 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

Already follow you on twitter


57 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy June 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

Already follow @CookinCanuck on twitter


58 Cate @ Girl Cooks World June 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Wow, those look incredible. I’m so going to the market to get some veggies to make this. Lately I’ve just been grilling meat and fish.. but grilled veggies are sooo good. Plus if you’ve already got the grill ready, you might as well, right?


59 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I think I could eat grilled veggies everyday during the summer. They’re so tasty and good for you!


60 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Grilled veggies taste amazing! Simple but with so much flavor.

I really like your blue and white plate. Very pretty :)


61 grace June 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

love, love, love that char! the colors of the veggies you chose are beautiful too. :)


62 Plateful June 17, 2011 at 2:40 am

Oh WOW, Marla! I’m blow away by the beauty of your virtual space – trust me!! Your pictures, your prose, your family and YOU – totally mind blowing combination! So glad to have bumped into you, albeit virtually.
I’ve never seen grilled veggies looks so beautiful and colorful. I’m sure gonna try out your seasoning for grilling. Hey if you are interested in trying out the hot and sour South Indian soup, lemme add this — it’s vegan and gluten-free :) Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!


63 Roxana GreenGirl June 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

Your veggies look delicious. Thanks for sharing Marla and for the invitation to the event.
That basket sounds perfect for grilling veggies. Going to look for one asap.

Great giveaway, tweeted it!/GrinGarl/status/81789406394068992


64 Roxana GreenGirl June 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

Following you on Twitter @Gringarl


65 Roxana GreenGirl June 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

Following Dara on Twitter @Gringarl


66 Roxana GreenGirl June 17, 2011 at 11:43 am
67 Jen H June 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I love doing veggies on the grill and these look delicious!


68 Lynda June 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

Ack, I think I missed this week’s deadline! Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway – I’ll enter the next one!


69 Marla June 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

Lynda, you did not miss it at all. Please enter up to 3 side dishes we would love to include you :)


70 Biren @ Roti n Rice June 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

I love grilled vegetables. They are a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats. Yours with the cherry tomatoes look very inviting!


71 Marla June 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

Biren, those little cherry tomatoes not only add a great pop of color but a huge burst of flavor too :) Thanks for stopping by.


72 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

GORGEOUS veggies!
I Stumbled ya!


73 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

I follow you (Marla) on Twitter!


74 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

I follow Cookincanuck on Twitter!


75 Kate@Diethood June 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

You have convinced me to buy a grill basket!
I can’t pass up on this salad… I can almost taste the deliciousness.


76 Marla June 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Kate, you must buy a grill basket. I am addicted to mine!


77 betty June 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

this looks damn delicious! what a gr8 way to have your vegies :):)


78 Niki (of SI) June 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve been looking for new inspiration for grilled veggies – and this veggie assortment looks perfect for my family, I think everyone will actually devour these. This looks perfectly kid and adult friendly. :) The balsamic has me intrigued, and the cherry tomatoes in the kitchen get me halfway there. A portabella and a green bean hunting I shall go.


79 cole July 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Those veggies sound and look delish! I’m collecting summer veggie recipes on my site – stop by and link up your faves!


80 Courtney June 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

Looks delicious! Perfect for summer weather!


81 Patb July 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I have only a cast iron stove top grill pan. No outdoor grill or basket. How can I adapt this recipe to indoor cooking?


82 Marla July 30, 2012 at 4:47 am

Hi Pat, go ahead and try the same thing on your grill pan :)


83 BlackAsphodel October 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I’d love to try this right now!


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