Farmers’ Market Weekly: Summer Veggies Are Made for Grilling
Summer vegetables are just perfect for grilling outdoors. They are easy to prepare and cook, and as they cook the flavors are intensified. Eggplant, summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, corn, and more all take well to quick hot grilling. Pick some up at the Santana Row Farmers’ Market and try these easy ideas for wonderful grilled vegetables.
- Slice zucchini and yellow squash in half lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil on cut side, add salt and pepper, and sprinkle lightly with chipotle powder (careful - it's powerful stuff!) Grill cut side down for 10 minutes.
- Place halved red and yellow peppers right on the grill and blacken the skins. Remove from the grill and immediately enclose in foil or a plastic bag to steam. When they have cooled you will be able to easily remove the skins and add to salads, sides, and sauces.
- Thick slabs of eggplant can be oiled lightly and seasoned, grilled for 10 minutes and eaten as a side dish with a bit of grated Parmesan cheese, or added to moussaka (Greek casserole dish), or tossed in a salad.
Use your imagination and experiment with some of your favorite veggies. There is no limit to the flavors and textures you can add to everyday meals with these summer beauties!
Come visit the Santana Row Farmers' Market every Sunday from 11am-4pm at Park Valencia (near Stabucks & Maggiano's).