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How to Grill A Tomato (or any Vegetable, for that matter)!

Updated on June 15, 2013

Grilled Homegrown Vegetables!

Do you love growing and cooking your own tomatoes and vegetables? Even if you do not grow your on produce, you will enjoy grilling seasonal fruits and vegetables using my recipe.

This past summer, I had a squash, some tomatoes (grew them myself) and an eggplant that were really fresh and were perfect to be grilled!

This is how I cooked them on my outdoor grill:

I cut the squash and the eggplant in half lengthwise. I cut the tomatoes in half crosswise--see the images in the photo gallery below. I then brushed the prepared vegetables with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and black pepper.

Do not be afraid to try different seasonings (like oregano or garlic) in this recipe. But do not leave out the balsamic vinegar--That one ingredient is the reason these vegetables were so very good!


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Summertime is the very best season to grill vegetable. The farmer's markets and vegetable stands are loaded with the freshest bounty you can find anywhere. Luckily in the South, the growing season is a long one and I have been known to grill vegetables and fruits in November or early December. However, if you have a good grocery store with produce that you trust, you could grill all year long -- weather permitting.

This is my recipe for grilling vegetables. I adapted it from a recipe I found in Real Simple magazine.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes to mix the sauce

Total Time: depends on how fast your grill heats up!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons best quality balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Brush mixture on the sliced or cubed vegetables
  3. Grill 4 minutes on each side on a medium hot grill; brush a few times with the olive oil/vinegar mixture while cooking
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Good Balsamic Vinegar

One way to know you're purchasing a quality product is to look for a seal from the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (CABM). To read more about balsamic vinegar click Balsamic Vinegar - Ask Susan - GoodHousekeeping.com.

Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This product received "Honorable Mention" from Good Housekeeping. The brand that won (Star Balsamic Vinegar of Modena ($3.49 for 8.5 oz), cannot be purchased on Amazon at this time.

 
Balsamic Vinegar of Moderna, 1 litre (33.8 fl oz)
Balsamic Vinegar of Moderna, 1 litre (33.8 fl oz)

This is the brand that I use from Kirkland. I get mine at the local Costco, but if this wonderful warehouse is not near by you, it is available on Amazon. This vinegar is just thick enough to help coat the vegetables. It is also a good choice when making a salad dressing. I highiy recommend this product.

 

Mickie_G's Outdoor Cooking Adventure--grilling vegetables outdoors! - Click on images to view larger size and comments

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Tomato, eggplant and zucchini ready to go on the grill.Cooking outdoors! No mess! Yes.Using tongs to place the veggies on the gas Weber grill.Brushing with the oil/vinegar mixture.Hot off the grill and dressed with feta and shredded fresh basil I just picked.It was a humid evening so my camera fogged up.Eggplant, zucchini squash and tomatoes ready to go on the medium-hot grill.
Tomato, eggplant and zucchini ready to go on the grill.
Tomato, eggplant and zucchini ready to go on the grill.
Cooking outdoors! No mess! Yes.
Cooking outdoors! No mess! Yes.
Using tongs to place the veggies on the gas Weber grill.
Using tongs to place the veggies on the gas Weber grill.
Brushing with the oil/vinegar mixture.
Brushing with the oil/vinegar mixture.
Hot off the grill and dressed with feta and shredded fresh basil I just picked.
Hot off the grill and dressed with feta and shredded fresh basil I just picked.
It was a humid evening so my camera fogged up.
It was a humid evening so my camera fogged up.
Eggplant, zucchini squash and tomatoes ready to go on the medium-hot grill.
Eggplant, zucchini squash and tomatoes ready to go on the medium-hot grill.
eggplants
eggplants

Vegetables and Fruits You Can Grill:

Outdoor cooking!

Some veggies that are great for grilling on the BBQ :

  • Homegrown Tomatoes--all kinds
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions--I love the sweet taste of grilled onions
  • Homegrown Bell Peppers-- n a rainbow of colors
  • Garden Fresh Squash-Yellow or Zucchini
  • Corn on the Cob--do not be afraid to use olive oil instead of butter!
  • Eggplant
  • You can buy the poster of
  • the Aubergines (Eggplants) at AllPosters.com

Fruits that are great to grill:

  • Peaches--put in a dish and add ice cream for a delish dessert!
  • Pineapple (particularly good on pork kabobs)

Image of peaches by tannazie on flickr

Yum! Fresh Ripe Tomatoes for Grilling!

Tell me about your adventures in grilling tomatoes and other vegetables on your grill. Feel free to share your grilling tips, too!

Have you grilled vegetables on your outdoor grill? - How did they turn out?

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    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Zucchini does really well, it's yet another way to serve it during the glut.

    • MariaMontgomery profile image

      MariaMontgomery 

      5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Those grilled veggies look yummy. Makes me want to fire up the grill!

    • MariaMontgomery profile image

      MariaMontgomery 

      5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Those grilled veggies look yummy. Makes me want to fire up the grill!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      You gave me some good ideas for grilling other veges - like mushrooms, red and yellow peppers. Lensrolled to my 3 Minute Grilled Asparagus, and The Quest for the Perfect Tomato!

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      bdkz 

      8 years ago

      Yum!

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