Grill This Produce and Thank Us Later
Ever think you could up your grill game with produce?
No, we're not talking about hearty corn-on-the-cob or seasonal squash sides (not counting them out though!). When it comes to firing up the grill this summer, it's time to think outside of the box.
That said, here are our top 6 unconventional foods to sear with helpful tips on how to do it and put together a killer spread!
If you've never tossed a few juicy watermelon slices on the grill, you're missing out! With the right seasonings, you can tap right into its sweet and smoky caramelized talents.
How to grill: Cut the watermelon into 1-inch thick wedges. Then place them onto the grill and cook them for 2-3 minute on each side. Once finished, the watermelon should be caramelized, sweet, and ready to eat.
Perfect pairing: Cilantro and Lime Grilled Watermelon
Grilled iceberg lettuce is always an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Its mild flavor and crunch are immediately enhanced with the flames. Also, it's a perfect way to sneak some more veggies on to your little ones' plates in a way that they'll end up loving!
How to grill: Cut it into wedges and coat them in olive oil and season them as you want. Then place them on the grill flat side down. The grill should be about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grill the lettuce for about 1-2 minutes on each side or until nicely marked.
Perfect pairing: Grilled Iceberg Wedges with Tomato, Bacon, and Blue Cheese
Planning a smoky seafood spread? Make sure to include grilled endive! This crisp, leafy vegetable can stand up against hot coals and come out better for it. Plus, there's hardly any prep needed!
How to grill: Cut the endive in half from top to bottom. Then coat them in olive oil and season. Wrap and tent the endives in foil, then put in the grill over medium heat for about 15 minutes. After taking them off, let them cool to room temperature.
Perfect pairings: Grilled Endives With Herb and Balsamic
Don't even get us started on grilled peaches. It's like this sweet stonefruit was meant to be carmelized into gooey golden-brown goodness.
How to grill: All you need to do is slice them in half and take out the pit. Then put them flesh side down onto the grill. After about 5 minutes of grilling on high, they should be golden brown and ready to eat.
Perfect pairing: Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar Butter
What can't you do to kale? This superfood has a reputation for its rockstar versatility and health benefits. So why not toss some on the grill for a filling summer side?
How to grill: First, peel the backs of the kale stems. Coat in oil and seasonings of your choice. Then grill for 3 minutes per side on medium heat. Then once off the grill, season further.
Perfect pairing: Grilled Kale With Parmesan Dressing
If you've yet to experiment with the intriguing wonders of figs, now is your chance! Their unique taste and texture are the sweetest combination of odd and pleasant. Grilling them ultimately adds another layer of curiosity.
How to grill: First, cut the fig in half. At this point, it’s best to coat them with olive oil. Then place on a hot grill flat side down for 2-3 minutes. Then flip and grill on the other side for 2-3 minutes.
Perfect Pairing: Grilled Figs Stuffed With Goat Cheese
Always remember, meats aren't the only foods made for the grill this summer! Fruits and vegetables are healthy alternatives and additions that can satisfy your appetite just as much. 😋