Simply Grilled Vegetables with a Garlic Herb Dipping Oil

By February 27, 2017Recipes, Sides
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Looking for a quick weeknight dinner, a dish to impress, or an easy way to make veggies ahead of time for meal prep day? I’ve got a delicious solution that will satisfy all of these (very) different needs – a simply grilled vegetable platter with a garlic herb oil dipping sauce!

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Growing up, my mom was the king (err… queen) of the grill. Her go-to weeknight dinner on the grill was usually some kind of protein and a nice variety of grilled vegetables. I vividly remember how she always marinated the veggies in a balsamic vinaigrette before throwing them on the grill, which added a robust flavor without overpowering the natural deliciousness of the veggies.

Even though I’ve adopted somewhat of a different way of cooking in my own kitchen, there’s always times that I like to go back to the basics. To me, there’s nothing better than a delicious spread of veggies that have been seared with grill marks and infused with a flavor that can only be achieved by the grill.

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Selfishly, I’m a fan of the grill because it means less clean up in the kitchen, and more times than not, I can convince my husband to take over so that I can kick back and relax. Not a bad deal, right?

Grilled veggies are a delicious way to fill your dinner plate, toss into a leafy green salad, or add on top of quinoa with a dollop of hummus for a quick and easy lunch. In this recipe, the natural flavors of the veggies are enhanced with a super simple balsamic marinade to amp up the flavor before grilling, then a garlic herb dipping oil to add even more deliciousness at the end.

Simply Grilled Vegetables with a Garlic Herb Dipping Oil | FitLiving Eats

For this recipe, you can use any vegetables that you have on hand or that are in season. I chose spring green onions, bell peppers, eggplant and asparagus, but mushrooms and zucchini would work well here, too.

Yields 4

Simply Grilled Vegetables with a Garlic Herb Dipping Oil

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 3-4 bell peppers, quartered
  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1/2" thick rounds
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 bunch spring green onions
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, for garnish
  • For the Balsamic Marinade:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Garlic Herb Dipping Oil:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil, packed
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  2. Place the vegetables (except for the green onions) in a Ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and gently shake to coat the veggies. Place in the refrigerator and marinade for about 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the garlic herb dipping oil, place of the ingredients into a food processor or mini chopper and pulse to blend and combine (this could also be done in a bowl if you don't have either of these tools. Simply mince the herbs and garlic and whisk in with the rest of the ingredients.)
  4. Turn the grill on medium-low heat. Place the veggies directly on the grill (or on a grill pan if you prefer) and grill for 8 minutes on each side. For more delicate vegetables, such as the green onions and asparagus, cook for 5-10 minutes, tossing every few minutes to keep them from burning.
  5. When the vegetables are cooked, remove from the grill. Add to a plate and garnish with extra parsley and/or basil and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Serve with the garlic herb dipping oil and enjoy!

So who’s up for taking a trip to the local farmer’s market over the weekend and grilling up your delicious finds with this super simple recipe?

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