“Grilling doesn’t have to be about meat,” says Molly Siegler, the Culinary Content Editor for Whole Foods Market. From flavorful fruits and vegetables, meat substitutions like tofu and tempeh, and grilled pizza, there are plenty of non-meat reasons to fire up the grill.
To get the best grilling results and avoid any sticky situations, we’ve consulted with Siegler to compile a list of her best meatless grilling tips. According to Siegler, there are certain vegetables and fruits that are best for grilling. The iconic summer grilled corn is a must, but it’s grilled best when left in the husk.
Check out more of these grilling tips and make this Memorial Day as delicious as possible. Even if your main dish is a protein, make grilled vegetables a healthy side dish or grilled fruit a part of your dessert.
For ease of preparation, don't peel fruits and vegetables before grilling. Skipping this steps up the smokiness of the end result, and you’ll preserve more nutrients by keeping the skin on. Bonus: Leaving the husk on an ear of corn while grilling works to gently steam the kernels while protecting them from drying out.
Ideal grilling fruits are firm and just barely ripe. Watermelon, pineapple, mangoes, and peaches grill well. Soak in a splash of bourbon or rum or drizzle with honey for an added burst of flavor.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.