Memorial Day signifies the start of summer for many families. It’s a time to light up the grill and spend time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. Although hot dogs and hamburgers are often the staples of outdoor cooking, don’t forget the veg! There are plenty of easy and delicious vegetable recipes that are perfect for this summer holiday.
One of the easiest ways to cook vegetables on the grill is the tried-and-true shish-kabob. Simply cut veggies into bite-size pieces, skewer them on a stick, sprinkle with olive oil and toss on the grill. Onions, red peppers, zucchini and squash work great because of their mild flavor and smooth skin. For some added flavor, you can also use chicken or beef pieces in your kabob. For a fun finger food, let guests create their own veggie skewers to grill. This will please the “I don’t like onions” crowd and let everyone participate.
When grilling vegetables like asparagus, a light marinade will help bring out flavor and prevent them from sticking to the grill. Most oil-and-vinegar salad dressings work well as simple marinades, but you can always get more creative and make your own. Combine soy sauce, ginger and scallions for an Asian-inspired marinade. For a spicy kick, use chili powder, cilantro, garlic and a little bit of sesame oil to hold it together.
Corn with a Twist
Corn-on-the-cob is a barbeque staple. This year, skip the traditional butter and salt and try a new flavor. A cool corn salad is a refreshing twist, and you can use canned or frozen corn to make it easier. Combine corn with some sherry vinegar, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and salt for a tasty salsa that is fantastic with chicken, tortilla chips or alone.