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Vegetable Skewers

These grilled vegetable skewers are an easy side dish to any recipe! Made with colorful veggies brushed with an Italian seasoned marinade and grilled to perfection with the perfect char.

We love to make meat and veggie skewers for easy dinners during summer! Grilled shrimp skewers, chicken kabobs and grilled steak kabobs are a few more favorites.

Vegetable skewers on white platter.
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Grilled Veggie Skewers

Am I the only one who hears the sweet sounds of the sizzle every time someone mentions a grill? It seems to be a seasonal condition, but I’m not one to complain! I love the grill. Not only for what it does but what it represents. Great food, sunshine, and lots of meals shared with family!

When serving a hungry crowd I like to make sure I have a variety of recipes for people to choose from and vegetable skewers are one of my favorites. It works with grilled fruit kabobs, too, everyone always loves a portable kabob.

What are Veggie Skewers?

Grilled veggie skewers are an easy way to get a variety of healthy grilled vegetables in individual portions, on a stick!  They’re a great side dish for any BBQ but work just as well as a meatless version of a traditional kabob for a vegetarian alternative to the main course.

I love that they’re easily portable from grill to a plate and when I make them ahead and take them to potlucks, it’s an easy transfer.

Grilled Veggie Skewer Recipe Ingredients

Grilling veggies is one of the best ways to level up your vegetables to bring out their natural sugars and flavors. This vegetable skewers recipe is very flexible. Add, omit, or substitute any of the mentioned veggies for your favorites or whatever you have on hand.

Vegetables on cutting board.
  • Veggie marinade: Italian seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Vegetables: I used chopped bell pepper, red onion, mushrooms plus zucchini and squash for this recipe.
  • Optional: Feel free to try some chopped pineapple or chopped onion for another delicious option. Again, it’s however you prefer!
Vegetables on pan.

Tips on How to Grill Vegetable Skewers

  • Clean the grill before you begin, especially if you’ve had meat cooking on it prior.
  • Don’t forget to turn the skewers to make sure all sides cook evenly and are nicely browned all around.
  • Pack enough veggies on there so that when they are cooked and shrink a bit, they still look nice and full.
  • Assemble in a repeat pattern for a nicer-looking kabob. It’s also a way to make sure each skewer gets an even amount of everything.
  • Add whatever veggies you want, just be sure to cut them into even sizes that way they cook evenly.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for about 10-15 minutes before grilling. This will help prevent the wood from splitting and burning.
  • This recipe can also be made in the oven. The same rule applies when using wooden skewers. Soak ’em.
Vegetable skewers on pan.

Substitutions and Variations

I love a good simple veggie skewer with a few different veggies and a nice light seasoning. However, there are a number of ways to spruce it up when the mood strikes.

  • Meat: To up the protein, make them chicken or steak kabobs by adding pieces of either. You can also use pork, salmon, or tuna steaks.
  • Best veggies to grill: Red or white onions, mushrooms, eggplant, corn, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, tomatoes.
  • Worst veggies to grill for kabobs: Root vegetables including potatoes, carrots or parsnips. Brussel sprouts would need to be blanched frist.
  • Fruit: Pineapple is a great choice, as are apples, oranges, strawberries, and grapes. You could choose one or two to pair with the veggies, or make a completely separate grilled fruit kabob.
  • Seasoning: Switch up the Italian seasoning and use an easy vinaigrette as a marinade or glaze. A balsamic glaze would also be amazing.
Vegetable skewers on grill.

What to Serve with Vegetable Skewers

Just a few of many ideas that would taste delicious:

Vegetable skewers on white platter.

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Vegetable Skewers

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These grilled vegetable skewers are an easy side dish to any recipe! Made with colorful veggies brushed with an Italian seasoned marinade and grilled to perfection with the perfect char.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Skewers

Ingredients 

Marinade

Vegetables for Skewers

  • 2 zucchinis , sliced
  • 2 yellow squash , sliced
  • 3 bell peppers (I use orange, red and yellow) , cut into bite sized pieces

Optional vegetables: red onion, cherry tomatoes, baby bella mushroom, fresh pineapple

    Instructions

    • If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 10 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium heat (about 350°F) and close the lid. Chop the vegetables and then thread through skewers in desired pattern. Place skewers on a baking sheet.
    • Whisk together the olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl. Then brush on top of the vegetables.
    • Place the skewers on preheated grill. Turn the skewers until nicely browned on all sides, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper before serving, if desired.

    Notes

    Veggies: Feel free to add other types of veggies to your kabobs. Pineapple also makes a great addition.  
    Skewers: If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for about 10 to 15 minutes prior to grilling. This will prevent the wood from splitting and burning. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2130IU | Vitamin C: 99mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: American

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    FAQs

    What veggies are good for skewers on the grill?

    I love bell peppers, summer squash, red onion and zucchini. You could also use mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, corn, eggplant and even fresh pineapple if you would like.

    How long should I grill veggie skewers?

    Grill for 10 – 15 minutes turning every few minutes. Your vegetables are down when they are tender and slightly charred.

    What is the best seasoning for vegetable skewers?

    For grilling, I love to baste the vegetable kabobs with a simple marinade made of olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. You could use oregano instead of Italian seasoning if you wish. To add another layer of flavor during grilling brush the kabobs with sesame oil.

    Should I marinate the vegetables for kabobs?

    Although not necessary, you can for 15 – 20 minutes.

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