Summer’s here, and that means it’s grilling season. Many people have their go-to favorites to make on the grill. But this year, think about adding some new recipes to your grill repertoire. Whether cooking for your family or a large gathering, adding new flavors can reignite your excitement for grilling. Here are five grilling recipes that are fit for summer and offer a big flavor.
Grilled Chicken Shawarma
If you grill your chicken using this recipe, it might just be the star of the grill show. The key is to marinate the chicken ahead of time. For the marinade, you’ll need:
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Garlic cloves
- Cayenne pepper
Combine the spices with olive oil by hand or in a food processor to make a paste. Coat the chicken pieces you are grilling and marinade for up to 48 hours. Place the chicken on the grill and char first, then turn the heat down and let it cook through. Cover it with foil and allow it to rest for five to 10 minutes, then serve.
Veggie Kabobs With Harissa Yogurt
Slice a few of your favorite grilling veggies, such as eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, or onions. Next, choose a protein, such as tofu or tempeh. Make sure you pre-soak the skewers so they don’t burn, then put all the veggies and the protein in a bowl to season it with salt, pepper, and your favorite spices. Finally, assemble the skewers and grill them for three to four minutes on each side.
Whisk a little olive oil, some harissa paste, and plain yogurt for the dip. Add a little paprika for extra smokiness, then serve with your veggie kabobs for a savory delight.
Scallops are a sweet treat fresh off the grill and quick to prepare. Start by patting the scallops dry, then coating each with olive oil, orange zest, and a pinch of coriander, pepper, and salt. Use two pre-soaked skewers for each row of scallops to keep them flat for grilling. Also, don’t forget to grease the grill because scallops will easily stick and tear.
Charred Tomato Vinaigrette
For this easy vinaigrette, start by skewering and charring your favorite kind of tomatoes. You’ll also need:
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Blend the charred tomatoes with the ingredients above for a delicious companion to your grilled scallops.
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The Best Grilled Asparagus
Both simple yet tasty, this asparagus is the perfect side for an elegant, grilled meal. Start by trimming off the fibrous ends of the asparagus. After that, toss the spears lightly in olive oil, pepper, and salt. Then you can add garlic and lemon zest, and reserve lemon juice for after grilling. Depending on the thickness, you’ll only need to grill the asparagus for about two minutes on each side. Finally, take them off the grill and squeeze the fresh lemon juice to taste and serve.
Summer grilling doesn’t only have to be endless hotdogs and hamburgers. Try taking bright and fresh flavors to your grill this summer for something new and delicious.
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