Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grilled Vegetables Salad


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I’ve been turning on my BBQ grill quite often lately.  How about you?  It’s a nice way to keep the kitchen and the house cool, by bringing the cooking outdoor.  Plus, I really enjoy the charred and BBQ flavor from grilling.  The next time you plan to grill, get a bunch of vegetables for grilling too.  They make wonderful side dish, such as this Grilled Vegetables Salad.

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Tip of the day: Grilled the vegetables before the meat. So you can prepare this salad while the meats cook.  It’s really simple to grill vegetables and it’s nice to pair this salad with a clean and light "dressing”.  In this recipe, I used romaine lettuce, zucchini, yellow squash, fresh corns, tomatoes, avocado, and dress it with lime zest, lime juice, green onion and fresh cilantro.  You can grill your favorite vegetables here and just add them in.  I used these produces as they are all in season now.  Nothing better and more fresh than to get the produces that are in season and bountiful!

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I hope you enjoy today’s simple and healthy recipe.  Until next time, take care and happy grilling.  Have fun and stay safe for the rest of the summer.


Last but not least, I’m submitting this post and recipe to the Wake Up Breakfast with California Avocados Link-Up party hosted by Dine and Dish and Cookin’ Canuck.  I can’t wait to check out what others are cooking! 


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Grilled Vegetable Salad: (Printable Recipe)

1 romaine lettuce, cut in half, lengthwise
1 zucchini, cut at an angle into 1/2-inch slices
1 yellow squash, cut at an angle into 1/2-inch slices
2 ears of fresh corns
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 California avocado, diced
2 limes, zest and juiced
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 fresh cilantro, chopped
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the BBQ grill to high heat. Place romaine lettuce, zucchini, and yellow squash, on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently toss to make sure all vegetables are coated. Grill the vegetables until nicely charred. The corns take the longest time because of the round surface. Make sure to turn them often (every 1-2 minutes) to avoid burning. Grill the zucchini and yellow squash for a minute or two per side. The romaine lettuce only takes about 30 seconds to a minute on each side. When vegetables are nicely charred, remove from heat and place them back to the baking sheet.

When the vegetables cooled off a bit to handle, cut of the corn kernels from the corns and place in a large mixing bowl. Cut the zucchini and yellow squash into 1/2-inch dices; then cut the romaine lettuce into bite size pieces. Place all vegetables into the mixing bowl, including the tomatoes and avocado. Add lime zest, lime juice, green onion, and cilantro; gently toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

22 comments:

  1. I like a good salad, be raw, roasted or roasted. This must be very tasty.

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    1. Thank you. Oh yeah, I love the smoky flavor from the grilling. :)

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  2. Thanks for the good idea, Amy. Grilled veggies sound so yummy...Christine

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    1. You're very welcome, Christine. I'm glad you like the idea. :)

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  3. I love grilled veggies in the summer but I've never tried them in a salad! It sounds delicious.

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    1. :) It is really delicious. I love those smoky flavor in the salad. Hope you'll give it a try the next time you grill your veggies.

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  4. I love grilled veges. This salad looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks, my Dear. I have to agree, grilled veggies are so good.

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  5. Absolutely Gorgeous! That sounds so yummy!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome, Rachel. Glad you like it.

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  6. Yes, I agree with you, cooking outdoor is so great! No oil splattered all over and have the clean and wipe after the cooking. This dish is so simple, right? Drizzle some olive oil and some lemon juice in it and already taste great.

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    1. Oh yeah...I love cooking outdoor. And I even do my stir fry outside these days. So glad my In-Laws got me a portable stove so I can cook outside. hehe...I'm keeping my kitchen pretty clean...except when I have to bake. :)

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  7. A perfect way to indulge your salad cravings in summer. Grilling veggies gives them such a wonderful smokiness.

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    1. Oh yeah, the smokiness is amazing. I just can't help but to put everything on the grill to see how they turn out. :P

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  8. Yumm! (I know that I tend to say that every time I stop by! lol) I am so glad that I am not that picky eater that I was as a little kid! Veggies were not a favorite back then, but after I "outgrew" the "pickiness stage", I loved and still love them.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you dear friend for your lovely visit and sweet comment.

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    1. Hehe...I'm glad you enjoy my recipes. I don't recall myself liking veggies as a kid either. But I'm just happy to report that both of my kids adore veggies....I'm just a lucky mama. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Grilled vegetables in salad makes it more flavorful! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Tina. Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by and wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

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  10. Roasted vegetables are fantastic! I'm sure they would make a delicious salad!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. :) Yes, so easy and delicious. Wish you and your family a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Very colorful and pretty salad, Amy!
    I dice mine with romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, tossed with Lawry's seasoned pepper and sesame dressing with some pomegranate seeds for color. Yumm!

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    1. Thank you, Jo Dee. Your version sounds just as wonderful. Guess I'll give that a try next. :)

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