Grilled Summer Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Dressing

June is the perfect time of the year for grilled summer vegetables. Summer harvest is just beginning for us. Plenty of vegetables begin to come into the season during the early summer. We are picking asparagus, beets, mushrooms, turnips, and kale on the eastern shore of Maryland. Our farmers bring corn, tomatoes, summer squash, peppers, green beans, and corn to the market. Whole Foods defines "local vegetables" as those that arrive in the market in less than 10 hours of drive-time.

Summer Grilling Vegetables on a wood platter with a napkin and olive oil, in time for National Vegetarian Month

In Maryland, we get our early summer vegetables from the deep south.

Local vegetables contain vitamins and minerals you might not get from store-bought produce imported from far-away factory farms. Organic food is also more natural to come by if you shop locally. Farmer's stands are a great place to find organic produce. You can even grow your vegetables at home if you have space! Check out this excellent blog post for a complete list of what is currently in season in Maryland.

Our Grilled Summer Vegetables with Honey Balsamic Dressing recipe is a great way to use your harvest! Grilled vegetables are healthy and delicious and very quick to make. Mix an oil-based seasoning to toss the vegetables in, and lay on the grill for a few minutes to cook. Except for denser vegetables like sweet potatoes and beets, most veggies don't need much time on the grill to heat through and develop a sweet, smoky flavor. Using our Eastern Shore Honey in the dressing will enhance the flavor of many vegetables, drawing out the sweetness under the savory tones.

Heirloom cherry tomatoes at the farmers market in every color

Adapting our Grilled Summer Vegetables

  • Feel free to use your favorite local vegetables-eggplant and sweet corn would work well.
  • Try mixing honey into the oil that you toss the veggies with.
  • Make a complete meal by grilling chicken or fish with vegetables.