Vegetable kabobs are good served alone as a side dish or you can serve them with rice or noodles to make them into an entree. What about grilling some buttered bread to make jumbo croutons and serving these with the tasty veggies instead? This delicious recipe is really simple to put together and the Italian vinaigrette gives the kabobs a simple and herby flavor, which is really good. Most kabob marinade recipes are pretty straightforward to put together and the most preparation you will have to do is mincing a clove of garlic or some onion, but using a bottle of vinaigrette means you simply have to chop the vegetables and stir in the vinaigrette.
Vegetable shish kabobs can be made with any vegetables you fancy using, so if you want to switch the zucchini for eggplant, the red bell pepper for green bell pepper or the mushrooms for squash, go ahead. As long as you use veggies with similar cooking times, the kabobs will be fine. These kabobs are really simple to make and if you have vegetarians coming for dinner, kabobs are a great option because you can use any veggies you like and any kind of dressing, marinade, or sauce too. Serve them with potatoes, rice or noodles and you have a complete meal, which is sure to be appreciated.
Grilled vegetable kabobs also make a tasty side dish for carnivores, served alongside a juicy steak or piece of grilled chicken. The Italian vinaigrette keeps the flavor simple yet complements the vegetables, and the vegetables themselves will come out juicy, succulent, and bursting with the kind of flavor that you only get from grilling.
The vegetables used in this easy kabob recipe are typically used in many kabob recipes. Red and yellow bell pepper are the most colorful vegetables, although feel free to use green bell pepper or even an orange one if you would prefer. Yellow is the sweetest kind, followed by orange, then red, and finally green, which offer a far more savory taste. The zucchini offers a splash of green, while the mushrooms and onions add more colors, as well as their own distinctive flavors and textures. All you need to make the marinade is a bottle of Italian vinaigrette. Any kind is good, so just use your favorite brand.
If you usually combine a lot of different ingredients to make a marinade, or you are curious about just how easy a marinade can be and still work well, try this recipe to find out. The kabobs take about 10 minutes to cook on the barbeque. The smoke from the barbeque will permeate the vegetables, enhancing the flavor and bringing out all the fantastic taste you would hope for.
The buttered bread served alongside these kabobs goes beautifully, although you might wish to serve a baked (or barbequed) potato on the side instead, and maybe some chicken or meat. You will be very impressed how much herby Italian flavor the vinaigrette adds to the vegetable kabobs, as well as how it keeps the vegetables moist and juicy despite the dry heat of the barbeque.
- 1 chopped red bell pepper
- 1 chopped yellow bell pepper
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 bottle Italian vinaigrette
- 6 oz button mushrooms
- 1 chopped red onion
- 4 slices bread, buttered on both sides
- Stir the vinaigrette and vegetable pieces together and chill the mixture in a covered glass dish in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
- Drain the vegetables but keep the marinade.
- Thread the marinated vegetables on to skewers and grill the kabobs for 10 minutes over a medium heat.
- Turn them a few times during the grilling time and baste them with the Italian vinaigrette marinade.
- Grill the buttered bread just long enough to give it grill marks.
These richly colored kabobs are really tempting and you can see from the photo that the grilled crouton looks appetizing as well. The combination of flavors in these vegetable shish kebabs is really nice and you have the sweetness of the bell pepper and onion and the savory taste of the zucchini and mushrooms. You can either remove the veggies from the skewers when they are cooked or serve them on the skewers. Use long metal skewers for a classier presentation, if you wish. This recipe is nutritious as well as flavorful and you will be delighted with how easy the vegetable kabobs are to make.
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