These Balsamic Grilled Vegetables are marinated in the most flavourful balsamic dressing and come out so juicy and delicious! They are the best veggies for the grill.
This post was previously written on May 30, 2016 and has since been slightly updated and brought forward on July 17, 2020.
Without a doubt, my favourite part of the summer is grilling. While May was the Official Grilling Month, we’re finally getting into it now. I was so excited for us to fire up the grill and boy, it did not disappoint us one bit. We’ve been grilling veggies for a while now, but this formula for these balsamic grilled vegetables is most definitely my most favourite way to date. I had to push this tray of veggies away (wow, who says that? I do.) from me because they were that good.
What I love the most about grilling, as opposed to pushing veggies into an oven to roast them, is that there’s always a story somewhere. It takes a group effort to grill, and there is so much purpose behind it that it turns cooking into a great memory. When we first made this, we grilled basically in honour of one of my best friends Kellie, who was not only super helpful in the kitchen but she also managed my Snapchat (jessinkitchen) and was my assistant throughout three shoots in ONE day. Looking back on fond memories is one of my favourite pastimes, and I remember it like it was yesterday. We sat around our dining room table after prepping Watermelon Mojitos and veggies and ate while watching Chef’s Table. She’s like family to us, and that was a lovely way to celebrate for us all.
Speaking of stories, while I’m known for my veggies, my husband is known in my family and among our friends as the ultimate grill master. So much so that every time he fires up the grill, I kind of cancel all plans for that day to just soak in the amazing-ness that is about to happen, both in food and technique. This time, he went completely old school and got some hand-chopped (yes) coal and pimento leaves as a smoking agent. This was all worth the trail of charcoal stains on the floor throughout our living room right to the back patio once I took one bite. Needless to say, get the best quality smoking agent and coal that you can when grilling. Of course, the veggies on their own with the marinade will taste amazing, but we are grilling here, not roasting, and we want some of that grilling flavour in the veggies! Okay, I’m coming down from my soapbox, but seriously, it made such a unique difference that this is definitely something we’ll be using each time.
Now to the balsamic grilled vegetables. These are the best veggies to grill since they absorb flavour really well and don’t have a very long cook time. I keep trying to pick a favourite, but I honestly can’t choose. How can you choose between juicy tomatoes, caramelised onions, plump mushrooms, and flavourful zucchini and eggplants? Impossible really, so just eat them all. This marinade idea came from making balsamic vinaigrette for salads for years and turning it into a juicy soak for these veggies. Friends, this won’t disappoint. Your veggies will be thanking you and you’ll be giving yourself a pat on the back.
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