In Cooperation with Weber Grill Switzerland
Planning a BBQ party or just having friends or family over for a spontaneous meal? Tired of the usual burgers and sausages and looking for something light, easy, and different? Take a page from our Mediterranean and Middle Eastern friends who live in a hot climate year round – try some light vegetarian dishes from the grill. Easy to adapt to an array of dietary preferences with a modification here or there, these recipes will be sure to delight your friends and family. And the carnivores won’t even miss the meat, I promise 😉 I often cook vegetarian for my family, and my Weber Grill makes it easy – the gas grill heats up quickly, and cooking outdoors means less mess in the kitchen!
Start off your meal with a new take on the old standby: Grilled Salad. This hot 😉 trend is taking off – and why not, what a delicious way to serve the expected salad starter! You need a firm head of lettuce, like Romaine, then top it with creamy ‘Green Goddess’ salad dressing and fresh herbs. The outside of the lettuce gets charred, but the inside stays crisp and crunchy. Topped with this creamy herby dressing, it is a new and delicious way to enjoy salad.
Alongside the salad serve a pre-prepared antipasti platter of grilled and marinated vegetables. This beautiful array of flavorful vegetables has a gorgeous bright flavor due to the red wine marinade and fresh herbs. You can see that the Weber Grill has a huge grilling surface – there is plenty of space for a large spread of vegetables!
Served with some warm crusty French bread charred on the grill, these vegetables will disappear before you know it.
Lastly, serve up a Middle Eastern-inspired combination of Aubergines with Couscous, served over silky hummus and yogurt, topped with mint, roasted red peppers, pomegranate molasses, and served with homemade pita (making pita is simple, I promise! See my recipe here.
A truly delectable and very moreish dish. I find aubergines really shine on the grill!
Cooking the pita on the grill gives it that authentic charred flavor that you get from the traditional stone ovens. An excellent grill accessory from Weber is the Weber Grill Pizza Stone, designed specifically for use on the grill, but you can grill them directly on the oiled grates or use a heavy cast iron pan. Follow the instructions as I’ve written them here, except instead of a hot oven use the hot grill.
If you are feeding children, presenting the individual ingredients as separate parts on the plate is a fun way to experiment with the flavors. My children like their pita cut into strips so they can dip and try each one.
I hope you will enjoy this flavourful journey through the Middle East and Mediterranean, as you taste the lovely fresh flavors and (hopefully) enjoy a warm night outdoors!
This post was sponsored by Weber Grill Switzerland but all opinions are my own.