Grilled Vegetables w/ Yogurt Sauce

The idea for this recipe came some years ago while I was still living at home in my parent’s house, and I just seasoned and doctored it a little til I felt it was right! It has probably been the most loved, most-asked-for recipe that I have ever made {besides bread}, and since some have been asking for it again this summer, I thought I’d share it in a post.

Vegetables (option 1):
1 small eggplant,
1 zucchini
1 yellow summer squash
1 red bell pepper
1 red {or other sweet} onion
1 8 oz. box fresh mushrooms

Cut all the vegetables into thick chunks {peel eggplant if desired, seed the pepper, etc.} and set aside. The eggplant takes longer to soften when grilling, so it’s best to keep it seperate from the other vegetables~and if you prefer your mushrooms a little firmer {less time on the grill}, you can keep those seperate too.

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Vegetables (option 2):
If you are tomato, mushroom, onion-happy folks anything near to what we are, you’ll also enjoy this second combination for grilling and serving with the sauce. I usually make this one when the squash and eggplant aren’t in season . . . or just because we LIKE it a whole lot.

2 Sweet Onions
2 8 oz. boxes fresh mushrooms
1 box grape tomatoes

(These amounts are approximate. I just chop and add more/less according to the number of people I’m serving.) Grill the onions and mushrooms together, adding the tomatoes in just a couple of minutes at the end.
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See that scary-looking sissors?
It’s a gift from my MIL which she bought in Europe last year.
I wasn’t sure if I’d love it or if it would be one of those kitchen gadgets
that sound really nice, but never get used.
Well, I’m happy to report that I use it all the time!
It makes snipping fresh herbs sooo easy and fun.

Marinade:
2-3 Tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar (balsamic is my favorite in this recipe.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup minced fresh basil (or 3 tsp dried)

Whisk marinade ingredients together in a small bowl, pour over the vegetables, set aside for at least 10 minutes, stirring once or so to make sure all vegetables are coated. {This can be refrigerated for up to a day ahead of time to make dinner prep easier when having guests.}

Yogurt White Sauce:
1/2 cup plain yogurt
4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1-2 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 heaping Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
A bit of freshly ground pepper
A dash or two of seasoning salt or your favorite steak seasoning
2-3 Tbsp fresh, chopped basil (or 2 tsp. dried)

Whisk sauce ingredients till smooth.

Don’t have a handy grilling bowl?
Run to the nearest store with a camping/outdoor living department and buy one!!
You can also put these vegetables on kabab sticks, but it’s quite time consuming,
especially when serving a number of people.
Oh, and if you should happen to not even be the happy owner of a grill,
you can cook these vegetables in your oven broiler.
Never have tried that myself . . . just love that grilled flavor so much!!

Grill vegetables to your liking and serve with some of the dressing {nicely}drizzled over top. Or do like we do and smother those veggies in the sauce. Makes the rice and everything soooo good. Delicious served with grilled meats, rice pilaf, etc!

This serves between 4-6 adults {all depends whose eatin’! :)}
Aaannnnd if you have any leftovers, try chopping them up to use on a salad, as a sandwich topping, in a burrito, on in your favorite pasta sauce.

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5 Responses to Grilled Vegetables w/ Yogurt Sauce

  1. elaine July 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Sounds delicious!Can't wait to try it.A grilling bowl sounds like a good idea.

  2. 4iamjustanotherblogger July 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    That looks delicious to me!! I just have to convince my hubby to get into those veggies… He's not too picky, but doesn't appreciate squash, tomatoes or mushrooms!! :)

  3. Jenny k. July 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I WANT that scissors– what a great ingenius idea! and the grilling bowl. thanks for the idea. i am kinda lost when it comes to grilling.
    beautiful food as well. makes me hungry and it`s breakfast time. :)

  4. elaine July 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    P.S.we had grilled veggies last night for supper.followed your recipe,they were soooo good!

  5. Michelle July 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Yum! That looks absolutely fantastic!!

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