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Our Favorite Veggies for Grilling

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Grilling vegetables doesn’t have to mean the same old zucchinis and bell peppers every time. We’re here to inspire you with the 6 vegetables we consider best for grilling. So go grab your trusty tongs and a cold drink. It’s time to put grill lines on everything in your crisper drawer.

Grilled eggplant with tahini sauce

Eggplant

Grilled eggplant can have a reputation for being bitter or hard to cook, but when paired with the right ingredients, it will easily absorb surrounding flavors into its incredibly rich and meaty texture. In this recipe, the glossy round vegetable is grilled or roasted with lemon, paprika, and sea salt, and paired with tahini in a baba ghanoush-like dish that’s perfect for an easy dinner or family BBQ.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower often gets overlooked or ends up playing second fiddle to its more charismatic and colorful cousins in the brassica family. At Imperfect, we love cauliflower and recipes like this that help showcase its versatility and complexity. You’ll be amazed at how sweet and nuanced this humble vegetable is when you grill it properly!

grilled carrots

Carrots

Carrots have a ton of natural sweetness that grilling helps unlock. Top yours with a honey and soy sauce glaze to help the carrots shine even more and take on new flavors. The result is slightly sweet, slightly savory, and extremely delicious.

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Tomatoes

Charring tomatoes over a fire is a no-brainer because it brings out their sweetness and deepens their flavor. These sweet and smoky beauties make a wonderful appetizer, side dish, or base to a sauce. We like to add a drizzle of honey and a few pinches of salt to ours as their grilling for an extra flavor boost. Just be sure to make lots of them as they will get devoured quickly once they’re cool enough to eat.

grilled romain lettuce

Romaine lettuce

We know that when you think of grilling, salad isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but trust us when we say that the smoky and savory flavor of grilled romaine is a thing of beauty. We love how well the charred lettuce pairs with the tangy and herbaceous dressing.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes normally get lumped in with other starchy tubers and only ever get sauteed or roasted. Yet their sweet flavor and hearty texture make them perfect candidates for grilling. Once you make these grilled sweet potato wedges they will quickly become your go-to summer side dish.

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