Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilling is an example of how you can take one food item (vegetables) and turn it into a spectacular dish, within a few minutes. You don’t have to heat up your house on a hot day, and when you make those grilled vegetables into a cool salad, you have a refreshing lunch or dinner. It works for me! These are the vegetables I used and it was wonderful, but play around with it. There are so many options! Add the optional chicken for a full meal deal.

Grilled Vegetable Salad
-serves 4

The Vegetables

3 Zucchini
3 Corn on the cobs
1 Red pepper

Oil and Seasonings:

3/4 cup of olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, etc)
2 teaspoon salt

Leftover flavored olive oil from grilled veggies
More olive oil to bring back amount to 1/2 cup
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste


One small head of lettuce or mixed greens
Cooked Chicken cubed or shredded (I used leftover roasted chicken, around two cups worth), opt.

The Steps

Prepare the vegetables and oil

Slice the zucchinis lengthwise (see picture below to see an example), into strips about 1/8-1/4 inch. Shuck the corn, and wash. Quarter the red pepper, and deseed.

Combine the oil with the garlic, salt and herbs. Coat all of the vegetables lightly with the mixture. The oil helps hold in the moisture while the vegetables cook. Save the leftover oil for later.


Grill over medium high heat (I use a gas grill). Put corn, zucks and red pepper on the grill (if you have a large grill they will all fit, if too small, do in batches). Turn the corn, periodically, and do the zucks and red pepper for about 5-8 minutes on each side. The zucchinis should have nice grill marks and be soft all the way through. The red pepper’s skin may become a little black, but that’s okay, because you can peel it off. The corn should have nice browned sections all the way around. Take off the vegetables as they get done.

Slice and Dice

Cube the zucchinis. If desired, peel the skin off of the red pepper’s using a small sharp knife, and cube as well. Stand your corn up on a plate, and run your knife down all of the sides to remove the corn kernels.

Now take the leftover oil, we will be using it to make the dressing.


If needed, up the olive oil to 1/2 cup and combine the rest of ingredients. Taste and adjust with salt, if needed.

On a plate, lay your salad green, heap the grill vegetables on top and the optional chicken, and drizzle the dressing over top and serve.

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  1. Bloggin' Mama says

    OOh, this is perfect! I got some HUGE zucchinis at the Farmer’s Market yesterday and have been trying to figure out something cool and easy to do for them (my hubby usually won’t eat hot meals during super hot weather….). And it just so happens I have a chicken in the crockpot that will be done in about an hour. I’m going cook up the veggies now and then put the salad together when the chicken is done and chill it to serve later for dinner!! Thanks for this wonderful idea!!

  2. Michele says

    I have grilled zucchini on my menu plan for tonight! πŸ™‚ Briquets for our grill aren’t in the budget right now, so I’ll be putting them on the little George Foreman. πŸ™‚

    Michele πŸ™‚

  3. Lisa says

    This sounds very good. What a great summer recipe!

    And, Michele, I love the idea of using your George Foreman. My daughter is asking about healthy foods she can prepare in the dorm on a budget. I might not have made the connection but with a few adjustments this could qualify. Thanks!

  4. Kimi Harris says

    Bloggin Mama,
    You’re welcome! Happy cooking. πŸ™‚

    Great idea! We don’t own one, but that would be a very easy way to make grilled zucchini.

    I agree! A George Foreman could be very helpful in the dorm. πŸ™‚


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