A Vegetarian Grilling Menu

A Vegetarian Grilling Menu
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A Vegetarian Grilling Menu

Avocado and Grilled Onion Tartines
Check out this easy and elegant appetizer from Viviane Bauquet Farre, author of the award-winning blog Food and Style.

Credit: Viviane Bauquet Farre

Grilled Vegetable Napoleons with Spicy Scallion Vinaigrette
This Asian-inspired appetizer will have people asking you where you got the recipe…

Credit: Viviane Bauquet Farre

Grilled Watermelon Salad
There's already watermelon in the margarita and the sorbet, so why not grill it up and put it into a salad?

Credit: Brian Moyers

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Spicy Herbed Pesto
A little Tabasco sauce wakes up this classic, refreshing side dish.

Credit: Tim Byres

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
The timeless classic gets an update with a simple syrah-based marinade.

Credit: Vegetarian Times

Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini
No vegetarian grilling roundup would be complete without a panini, and this one is sure to satisfy.

Credit: Johnson Rauhoff

Vegetable Brochettes with Pimentón Marinade
This elegant Spanish-influenced main dish is a perfect addition to any casual grilling get-together.

Credit: Viviane Bauquet Farre

Elotes Callejeros
The secret to the authentic flavor for this Mexican grilled corn recipe is cotija cheese.

Credit: Tejal Rao

Grilled Oyster Mushrooms
This recipe is perfect for serving a crowd. White truffle oil complements the earthiness of the mushrooms, and grilling them to perfection brings out their natural umami flavor.

Credit: Soleto

Grilled Hearts of Palm
If you've never had hearts of palm before, this is the recipe to attempt. You can't go wrong!

Credit: Yasmin Fahr

Grilled Peaches with Toasted Almond Granola Topping
Just putting peaches on the grill already transforms them into something truly special, but the toasted almond granola topping takes them to the next level.

Credit: Missy Chase Lapine

Grilled Banana Satay
Here's an interesting dessert recipe that's definitely worth a try. Like the traditional meat-based satays, this one is served with peanut sauce.

Credit: Alison Miksch

Vegan Blueberry Pie
OK, so this is the one recipe that is not grilled. But, what summertime roundup would be complete without blueberry pie? Besides, this one has no dairy and is completely vegan.

Credit: Melissa Nyman


Being a vegetarian at a typical meat-centric backyard grilling party can be an awfully lonely and alienating experience. Even if you're lucky enough to have friends who are willing to "accommodate" you and grill up a few portobello mushroom burgers, despite their assurances to the contrary (e.g., "We just really like mushrooms on our burgers anyway"), you know that they're going out of their way for you. And maybe you don't want to be "that kind of vegetarian." At worst, however, you may just go home hungry. And that's the worst feeling of all.

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Plus, depending on your prior relationship with meat (assuming you had one), the whole affair might just amount to torture. If you used to like eating meat, but gave it up for ethical or health reasons, you might just find your mouth watering uncontrollably at the nearly mind-controlling aromas issuing forth from the grill. And if you never liked meat at all, you may just be holding your nose for the sake of social graces.

So why not throw your own party and invite all your carnivore friends over? With these wonderful recipes to choose from, it's just about guaranteed that you'll be able to mix and match appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts into a customized menu that will appeal to all your guests. Who knows? Maybe some of them will switch over. The benefits of a vegetarian diet, according to Vandana Sheth, R.D., CDE, registered dietitian, and representative for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, include a decreased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

And carnivores — before you click off and find something else to read, we'd like to tell you the following: This menu contains real food. There isn't any Tofurkey, xanthan gum, or weird sugar substitute to be found anywhere in this roundup.

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