Meat-Free Grilling Ideas

Satisfy your vegetarian friends and bring a welcome splash of color to your summertime events by throwing vegetables and fruit on the grill. From lemony charred cactus to creamy seared feta, these interesting meat-free grilling ideas are sure to please all of your guests.

Artichokes
Grilled Baby Artichokes
Clean and thoroughly cook artichokes. Cut down the middle and drench in melted butter, lemon, salt and pepper and grill until browned on each side. Combine melted butter, salt, pepper, lemon zest and juice, for dipping.André Baranowski
Preparing Cactus Paddles
Preparing Cactus Paddles
Clean cactus paddles by removing any spines and with a potato peeler - peel the skin off the outer sides. Brush paddles with olive oil and place on grill for about ten minutes flipping once halfway until they start to become tender. Once done, squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and season with salt and pepper.Laurie Smith
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Place shucked corn on the grill for about 4 minutes, turning occasionally to evenly grill on all sides.Todd Coleman
Feta Cheese
Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Marinate feta in olive oil, thyme, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt and pepper for a few hours. Remove feta and shake off excess marinade, place directly on grill for a minute or two, so that the feta has just enough time to sear without starting to fall apart. Get the recipe for Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad »Helen Cathcart
Peaches
Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel
Halve and pit peaches. Toss in melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Grill for a few minutes, cut side down. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe for Grilled Peaches with Honey-Almond Streusel »Leah Koenig
Pineapple
Grilled Pineapple Margarita
Slice pineapple crosswise into 1/2-inch steaks. Brush with oil. Grill until lightly browned on each side. Dust with crushed chile powder and salt. Get the recipe for Grilled Pineapple Margarita »Eric Medsker
Mushrooms
Grilled Shiitake Mushroom with Chile and Thyme
Clean and marinate caps in olive oil, balsamic, crushed garlic, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper. Grill cap-side down for about ten minutes until mushrooms are tender. Get the recipe for Grilled Shiitake Mushroom with Chile and Thyme »Elizabeth Cecil
Potatoes
roasted potatoes, potato recipe
Combine chopped red, purple, and russet potatoes with sliced onions, herbs de provence, coarse sea salt and olive oil in a tightly sealed tinfoil packet and place on grill for thirty minutes, shaking the tinfoil packet occasionally to evenly cook. Get the recipe for Potatoes Roasted with Saffron »Farideh Sadeghin
Radicchio
Baked Radicchio Tardivo di Treviso
Cut radicchio into wedges and drizzle with olive oil, place directly onto grill and cook for a few minutes on each side until it starts to char. Top with a shaved cheese like manchego. Get the recipe for Baked Radicchio Tardivo di Treviso »Roger Sherman
Romaine
Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Cut romaine down the middle, brush with olive oil, throw on the grill heart side down for about two minutes until it starts to slightly wilt, remove from grill, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan, sea salt, cracked pepper, and your favorite vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and BaconPenny De Los Santos
Squash
Grilled Squash with Scallions And Chile Honey Vinaigrette
Stuff squash blossoms with ricotta and freshly chopped herbs and twist shut. Brush with olive oil and place on the grill for a minute or two until they develop grill marks. Get the recipe for Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette »Matt Taylor-Gross

Skewer a couple of hulled strawberries with a twig of rosemary. Place on the grill for approximately 2 minutes until they start to char. Take off grill and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.