There is nothing like throwing a BBQ for family and friends once the good weather comes around. However, when grilling it can be all too easy to focus on meat, and forget the wonderful flavors that vegetable dishes can provide. Fortunately, I have collected some of the very best veggie-packed dishes that are not only delicious but most are pretty darn good for you as well. Here is a list of the best vegetable side dishes for your summer cookout.
Veggie kabobs are super simple to make, taste great and can be chucked on the grill along with all the other dishes you are cooking. Of course, there are a few secrets to getting them right. The first of these is to use the right-sized pieces of vegetables, too big and the stick won’t hold their weight, and too small and you risk losing the good bits on the grill.
Also, when using wooden kebab sticks be sure to soak them in water beforehand as this will prevent them from burning or setting on fire when on the grill. Finally, be sure to use a range of yummy veg such as whole cherry tomatoes, slices of onion, red or yellow bell pepper, and button mushrooms. Add a glaze too for extra flavor!
Crispy oven-roasted broccoli
Another great veggie side dish for a BBQ or any other summer meal is crispy oven-roasted broccoli. This delicious treat is served with crumbled feta cheese, and a sprinkle of chili, and because it’s cooked in the oven it will leave the grill free for your meat and fish. Also, this roasted broccoli recipe is oven-baked, the outside is crispy and caramelized, while the inside is soft and tender, guaranteeing that it will be a winner at your summer get-togethers.
Garlic and cashew spinach
Simple, and quick to make garlic and cashew spinach is a great dish to offer your summer guests. All you need to do is finely chop 2 cloves of garlic and freeze until soft. Then add cashews and allow to brown, finally adding the wilted spinach at the end. Finish with a good twist of salt and pepper and serve with steaks, chicken, and even shrimp!
BBQed corn on the cob
Last of all, when grilling this summer do not forget to add some corn to the BBQ. Indeed, grilled corn on the cob is a real treat, along with a brush of butter and a sprinkle of salt. You may even want to go down the Mexican street corn route too and add mayo, cheese, chili, and lime! Your guests will love you for it!