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Two Peas and Their Pod: Grilled Vegetable Salad

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Grilled Vegetable Salad

We've been putting our grill to work lately. I love cooking and eating outside. This week we grilled eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. I really wasn't sure what to do with them when I started, but I ended up creating my new favorite salad.

I marinated the vegetables in a balsamic, garlic, basil concoction. Josh grilled them to perfection and then I added the veggies to a bed of fresh spinach. I also added artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, and fresh basil. For fun, I grilled whole wheat pita bread and served little pita triangles on the side.

While we were eating I kept raving about the salad to Josh. I honestly wasn't looking for a pat on the back, I just couldn't believe it tasted so good:) It really took no time to make and we didn't have to heat up the house! This is a quick, healthy, tasty salad for summer. I can't wait to make it again.

Grilled Vegetable Salad
Serves 2-3

(Printable Recipe)

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Fresh basil, chopped-to taste
-to taste

1 eggplant, sliced into rounds
1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
2 Roma tomatoes, halved
Artichoke hearts
Roasted red peppers
Feta Cheese
Fresh basil, chopped
Balsamic dressing
Whole wheat pita bread-optional

1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, and just a splash of water. The balsamic was too strong so I had to dilute it. You can skip the water if you like it really strong:)
2. Sprinkle the eggplant, zucchini, and tomato halves with salt and pepper. Lay them out in a dish. Pour the balsamic mixture over the vegetables. Make sure each side gets coated. Let veggies sit for 10 minutes or so.
2. Heat up the grill. Place eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes on the grill. Cook each side for a couple of minutes, until the veggies are tender with grill marks.
3. Place fresh spinach on a plate. Top with the grilled veggies, artichoke hearts, red peppers, feta cheese, and fresh basil. You can add extra balsamic dressing if you wish.
4. If you want, you can grill whole wheat pita bread and serve it on the side. I cut the bread into little triangles.

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Blogger Pearl said...

oh Maria - that looks absolutely delicious! Have you tried grilling potatoes? There's this grilled vegetable salad at this restaurant that I like and their potatoes are incredible! Should one roast their potatoes/steam them prior to grilling?

6:01 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Oh yeah roasted vegetable salad is a favorite around here in the summer too.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

Holy Cow.. this looks like a slice of heaven. I love grilled veggies and this sounds amazing. Lovely presentation.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm roasted veggies and feta? This looks like a bowl of heaven to me! I hope you're feeling better this week chicky! Happy Fourth (early ;).

6:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It does look great! With the feta and pita you have a little Mediterranean theme going on too. :)

6:40 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A mouthwatering salad! Perfect when it's hot...



6:54 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

That does look like the perfect summer salad! I've never grilled vegetables before, but I'm definitely going to have to try it!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Becky at VintageMixer said...

We must be on the same wavelength- I made a very similar salad two days ago :) Delicious.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Pearl-I have grilled potatoes. I usually grill them in a foil packet with other veggies, an easy summer meal. I will post that soon:)

Thanks everyone for your comments. I really enjoyed this one!

7:16 AM  
Blogger grace said...

methinks the grill is the vegetable's best friend--it just adds something wonderful. great salad, and although i don't like feta, it makes the whole thing quite picturesque. :)

7:39 AM  
Blogger Creative Classroom Core said...

I love grilled veggies! SO tasty and healthy!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Oh, I just knew this was a winner when I saw those lovely grill marks-- and I thought, there HAS to be balsamic vinegar, it just pairs so well with grilled eggplant and toms :) Beautiful!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

It does look good. Grilled veggies are the best! You deserve a pat on the back for this one. :)

8:37 AM  
Blogger Katerina said...

Lol, I totally do this too, if I like something I will seriously rave at J about it, and if I dislike it I will whine. Either way he is usually less enthusiastic.

I freaking love grilled salads, Considering I don't love salads that much grilled is so the way to go. Eggplants, Zucchini, Portobellos and Peppers are my faves.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

This looks delicious, Maria! I will definitely make this sometime this weekend. I always love how just a little bit of feta adds so much flavor. Can't wait to try this!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

This looks gorgeous. I could eat a salad like this everyday!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

This is perfect for hot weather. It really looks delicious.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

It's gorgeous!! We already have zucchini coming out of our ears, so I'm going to need to try this!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

YUM! I love summer cooking on the grill. Grilled veggies are the best!

9:40 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Your grilled veggie salad loks absolutely delicious maria!! I'm in drooling mode here your presentation is just perfect!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Shaheen said...

Grilled veggies are one of my faves and I love what you've got on your plate!

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

How fun! It looks good.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Aimée said...

Kudos! My kind of salad and the guy does some of the work. Bonus!

12:09 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Wow, you guys eat so healthy!

I love eating outside too, although I don't do it often enough.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

And now THAT is what I want for dinner! I love everything about it. I even have some eggplant I bought at the farmer's market last week. YUM!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, grilled eggplant is one of my favorite summertime foods. I'd love this salad for tonight's dinner.

1:55 PM  
Blogger stephchows said...

MMMMMMM sounds like a perfect dinner if you ask me :)

2:03 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

How beautiful and nutritious!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Cristie said...

Great combination. Can't wait to try it out on my family, you're amazing!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

That's my kind of salad - it looks incredible! Love the feta on top too.

3:22 PM  
Blogger theUngourmet said...

This would be perfect for tonight. It's so hot today!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Jen L. said...

Ok, you must have been reading my mind when you posted this. I have been craving a grilled salad from my favorite NYC restaurant and this looks very similar to theirs! YUMMY. I may have to make this for 4th of July!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

That's a great use of veggies and your grill! It looks fantaatic! Sorry for my absence, I had a rough work week last week. Have a good weekend!

5:21 PM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Your grilled veggies look delicious... What a great salad!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

We've been using our grill a lot so far this summer. I even fire up the burner next to the grill to fry fish and stuff - don't have to heat up the kitchen!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

What a great summery salad! Looks delicious!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Veggies on the grill? Can't get much better than that, right? I just love the way they turn out. Your salad looks spectacular.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Sophia Lee said...

Man, when I read posts like this, I get so sad that I DON'T have a grill! What if I just roast them in the oven?

7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LOVE grilled veggies!!! fabulous salad :)

9:12 PM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

Grilled veggies are a great treat. I would love to give them a try in this salad. Delicious idea!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love this salad because it isn't your traditional leafy greens. It looks fantastic!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

This is right up my alley Maria! So delicious!

3:14 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

This looks so delicious and healthy. I haven't grilled veggies a whole lot, but I bet it's fantastic!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Maris said...

Maria, this looks amazing! I am going to visit friends this week and I might make this for them. They have a beautiful grill and they love to eat healthy!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

Maria, this looks amazing! I am going to visit friends this week and I might make this for them. They have a beautiful grill and they love to eat healthy!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

I love grilled salad. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

6:47 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

this looks so freaking delicious! I am making it for dinner tonight!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Chaya the Comfy Cook said...

I love grilled vegetables. Adding the feta has to make it perfect. Hmmm, I just bought feta cheese.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

Maria, I live on grilled veggies in the summer. Last night I did some again with some fennel in the mix.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

I love grilling vegetables - these look so beautiful and delicious!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

Yum! That looks so summery!

11:12 AM  

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