The thrill of the grill is at its height when summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables bursts into ripeness. Immerse your veggies in one of our special Vitamix vinaigrettes-turned-marinades, and your cookout will be as tasty as it is healthy. And if you’re grilling alongside a meat-eating friend or relative, you can share the love, since our marinades are equally good for meat and seafood.
Marinate vegetables first for at least 30 minutes. Marinating adds not only flavour, but a little fat, so your veggies will stay juicy as they cook.
- Use skewers or a grill basket when foods are small to keep your dinner from slipping through the cracks.
- Turn veggies with tongs rather than a fork, so that you don’t pierce them and lose juiciness.
- Cut round veggies like onions into rounds, and slice veggies like squash and aubergine lengthwise to expose the most surface area to the grill.
- Remember that dense root vegetables and tubers cook more slowly, and time your cooking accordingly.
- Use a metal baking tray with no higher than 2.5-cm sides. The metal will conduct heat and low sides let steam escape. Line with foil for easy clean-up.
- Cut ingredients into small, uniform pieces. The denser the vegetable, the smaller your cut should be.
- Coat generously with oil until the vegetables glisten and season with salt and pepper before cooking to bring out the flavour. Add fresh seasonings like garlic, rosemary, or sage, if desired.
- Preheat your oven to high temperature, at least 218° C (425° F) and place the baking tray in the top third of the oven.
- Spicy Honey Vinaigrette - Sweet honey and hot Sriracha sauce face off to produce a win-win in this Thai-inspired marinade.
- Lemon Garlic Dressing - Lemon, hot sauce, paprika and cumin combine for a distinctive marinade that wakes up veggies or chicken.
- Ginger Citrus Salad Dressing - A trio of citrus, a trio of oils, a trio of herbs and spices - a complex flavour blend made easy in your Vitamix machine.
- Thai Curry Carrot Sauce - Exotic lemon grass, coconut milk, and red Thai curry paste are tempered by sweet brown sugar and bright coriander.
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- 7 Easy Marinades for Backyard Grilling
- Recipes to Help You Get Your Five Daily Servings of Fruit and Vegetables