Balsamic Vegetable Skewers

A medley of fresh vegetables are paired with a balsamic vinaigrette in these bright and tangy skewers. [Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Balsamic vinaigrette adds a tanginess to fresh vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.

Why this recipe works:

  • We carefully chose vegetables that are firm enough to stay on the skewers during grilling, and left off those that aren't (like eggplant).
  • Cutting the vegetables the same size ensures contact with the grill and more even cooking.
  • Tossing vegetables in a balsamic vinaigrette provides a light seasoning, while finishing them with more vinaigrette brings the stronger balsamic flavor.

Balsamic Vegetable Skewers

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:40 minutes
Total time:40 minutes
Special equipment:Grill; wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes prior to use
This recipe appears in: The Key to Making Vegetable Kebabs Tasty: Add a Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons DIjon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Skewers:
  • 1 large zucchini, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 1 large yellow squash, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut into 3/4-inch slices
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes and separated into 3-layer segments
  • 2 medium red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • Type of fire: Direct
  • Grill heat: medium-high

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Vinaigrette: Whisk together balsamic vinegar, oil, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, and thyme in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Place all vegetables in a large bowl, add vinaigrette, and toss to coat.

  2. 2

    For the Skewers: Skewer vegetables, alternating between zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Reserve any remaining vinaigrette in bowl.

  3. 3

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill skewers, turning, until vegetables are browned around the edges and beginning to soften, 5-8 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and spoon on reserved vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

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