Nothing screams summer like relaxing evenings spent grilling on the patio. However, you don't want to be weighed down by rich dishes in the warm summer months. Instead of heavy dishes with red meat, why not try lighter fair that will cool you down? There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that taste amazing on the grill. Whether you are hosting an outdoor barbecue or just want to grill something for lunch on a lazy weekend, these easy healthy grilling recipes are a great choice for summer.
Did you know that you can grill watermelon? It's no secret that watermelons are amazing for hydration, and their delicious taste makes them a summer staple. To grill watermelons, all you need is a bit of olive oil, watermelons cut into triangles, sea salt, and jalapeno peppers. The recipe is very simple. Use your olive oil to lightly coat the grill. Next, grill jalapeños first for three minutes on either side. Then grill the watermelons with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on one side for up to two minutes. Turn the watermelons and grill the other side for two minutes or so, being careful not to char the surface. Serve the watermelons with jalapeños.
Another easy summer recipe is grilled artichokes. They're best when served with tomatoes, polenta and pesto. You need instant polenta, water, salt, pepper, granulated garlic, chopped fresh sage (which can be substituted for basil), olive oil, large artichokes, tomatoes and vinegar. You can use pesto, cheese, capers and basil leaves for garnishing.
Why not grill some pineapples this summer? Simply peel the pineapples and cut into one-inch rings. Add some honey, butter, pepper sauce and salt. Place the pineapple rings in a sealed bag with the marinade and shake. Marinate them for at least an hour, or even overnight. Grill the marinated pineapples for up to three minutes on each side.
One of our favorite summer recipes is grilled peaches. All you need is a bit of white sugar, some balsamic vinegar, ground black peppercorns, blue cheese, basil, and large fresh peaches. Blend the white sugar, pepper and balsamic vinegar, and cook on a burner turned to medium heat until a sauce forms. Set the sauce aside. Grill the peaches for up to five minutes, add the balsamic sauce on the top and grill for an additional two minutes. To finish, garnish your peaches with some blue cheese and chopped basil before serving.
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