The Struggle is real
Do you like vegetables? Be honest, do you ENJOY eating them or is it a chore? Eating veggies can be a struggle. My grilled vegetable marinade recipe will fix that. Since childhood we are programmed by media, and even our trusted adults. They tell us kids like sugary treats and fried foods and hate veggies. This is because many adults also find vegetables unappetizing. They boil vegetables and drown them in salt and butter to make them palatable. Vegetables are not prepared with the same love, reverence and creativity that is given to meats. This is why people don't like vegetables. They don't know how to prepare them so that they are tasty! Instead they cook veggies until mushy and flavorless which further propagates the "yucky" myth.
You need my favorite grilled vegetable marinade recipe. This marinade will make any grilled vegetable tasty. It will please even the most fervent hater of vegetables. Confession, this marinade is also great on chicken, fish or anything else that you want to grill. The flavor profile is spot on and it is what I call a “quick marinade” because it has alot of acid and salt. Therefore it does not need to sit long to permeate the food and give it a big flavor boost. Tangy mustard, bright lemon and pungent garlic blended together make this easy, quick and tasty grilled vegetable marinade recipe your best tool to make delicious vegetables.
I LOVE vegetables. Somehow, against the odds, I always have. They fascinate me with their varying colors, textures and flavor profiles. I eat them raw, roasted, grilled. They delight me in salads, in stir fries or pastas or even a giant plate of perfectly seasoned greens. In my mind there is no better vehicle for a sauce than a perfectly cooked potato, asparagus spear or Brussel sprout that is retaining it's integrity. And there is no better flavor boost for vegetables then this, the best Grilled Vegetable Marinade Recipe.
I tip my hat to Chef Janice Chapler of Berkeley’s Westside Cafe for teaching me a variation of this Marinade recipe circa 2004. She was a major influencer of my cooking and I am forever grateful. She taught me how to cook grains, vegetables, dressings and marinades, but most of all to trust the process when cooking.
Grilled Vegetable Marinade
- whisk, bowl
- 3 Tbsp dijon mustard Maille brand traditional is my fave
- 2 each lemons juiced
- 2 cloves garlic chop extra fine
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch salt and pepper
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth
- use for any grilled seasonal vegetables you like. My faves are asparagus, zuchinni, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, corn on the cob, cauliflower. Just toss the cut veggies in the large bowl until well coated and let sit while you fire up the grill