Shake up your grilling routine with some fresh ideas! Introduce some unexpected ingredients to the smoky heat of the grill this season — here are our favorite picks and recipes.
When leeks are young and tender, grill them whole or halved to bring out their natural sweetness.
Try it: Grilled Baby Leeks with Chervil & Chives
That’s right! Char your ingredients before pureeing them into a soup, and you’ll get the smoky flavor you love in a completely new texture.
Try it: Grilled Gazpacho
A sturdy head of lettuce — think romaine or little gems — holds up well to the high heat of the grill, which wilts the leaves to perfection.
Try it: Grilled Romaine Salad
If you love fava beans but find the shelling tedious, this tip is for you: grill the beans whole in their pods.
Try it: Charred Fava Beans, Mint & Aioli
Tomatoes are delicate, but you can use a griddle to cook them on the grill — the results will be juicier and sweeter than ever.
Try it: Grilled Fennel and Tomatoes on the Vine
Instead of your usual potato salad, try grilling potatoes for your next cookout. Parboil them first, then let them char on the grill for a crisp-creamy texture.
Try it: Grilled Fingerling Potatoes
Grilling fresh figs gives them a caramelized flavor that takes traditional hors d’oeuvres to the next level.
Try it: Grilled Figs with Dry Jack and Prosciutto
Grilling thick wedges of bitter greens like endive and radicchio chars and sweetens their outer leaves for a flavor-packed summer side dish.
Try it: Pan-Grilled Radicchio with Salsa Verde
When melons come into season, create an unexpected dessert by cooking them on the grill — honeydew melon and cantaloupe work well, too.
Try it: Watermelon with Mint Zabaglione