Grilled Veggies with Citrus, Dill, and Bitters

Holidays can pose a challenge, when you’re cooking for both vegetarians/vegans and omnivores. It’s easy to get stressed about feeding veg guests, if you’re used to grilling typical American 4th of July fare. If you’re vegan, and have omni folks coming over, you might find yourself worrying that they won’t be satisfied with the usual veg cookout staples. Starting today, and for the rest of the week, I’ll have vegan recipes that are perfect for making July 4th a festive and delicious occasion for all your guests.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love Tofu Pups, Tofurky beer brats, a Boca burger with all the fixin’s, or even a grilled portobello mushroom. Along side those popular, vegan BBQ entrees, I’m happy with a veggie tray, potato chips, and fruit salad. There is nothing wrong with any of these things (accept for the damage raw veggies inflict on my braces). But if you’re an omni, and you’re scouring magazines or Pinterest for awesome non-veg dishes, why not whip up something extra special for your veggie friends and family, too? I assure you that everyone will enjoy the grilled vegetable recipe I have for you today. So make yourself a strawberry old fashioned and get grilling.
Tomorrow I have a spectacular take on potato salad for you, and later in the week an entree and dessert to wow everyone you’re celebrating with on the 4th. 
I grilled asparagus, button mushrooms, and cauliflower. Other vegetables will work well, too. Carrots, corn-on-the-cob, greens (kale, cabbage, radicchio), zucchini, or peppers would all pair nicely with this marinade.  

Grilled Cauliflower, Mushrooms, and Asparagus w/Citrus, Dill, and Bitters
1 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp braggs
2 tsp fresh dill weed, minced
1 tsp Angostura bitters
zest from 1 lemon, finely grated
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 head cauliflower
2 lb large mushrooms
2 lb asparagus

Whisk together all ingredients, except the vegetables, and pour into a large, shallow dish (I used my broiler pan). Remove, and discard, the leaves and stem from the cauliflower. Wash the cauli, then slice the whole head into 3/4-1 inch thick slices. Don’t worry if some of the florets separate. Gently dredge the cauliflower in the marinade, then cook on a medium-high grill. I used my grill pan, but indirect heat on a gas or charcoal grill will work great, too. If you’re using an outdoor grill, place a layer of foil over the grill grate, then put the cauli on that, so the pieces don’t fall through. You’ll lose out on the grill lines, but will still get all of the wonderful flavor. Cook until the cauliflower is as tender as you like (anywhere from 5-20 minutes).

Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Toss them in the marinade. Grill top-side down, directly on the grill grate, for 3-5 minutes. Use a tongs to turn 1/4 turn and grill an additional 2-3 minutes. Then flip the mushrooms and grill another 8-10 minutes, again, until they are cooked to your likeness.

Trim the ends of the asparagus and wash it well. Toss the stalks in the marinade and grill for 7-9 minutes, turning every minute or so, until it is bright green and beginning to brown.

Want to take grilled vegetables in another direction?
How about these 
grilled veggie sandwiches?


  1. Lisa says

    I like the new format for the website. Just so you know, the link for grilled veggie sandwiches seems to be broken. Also, The website does not seem to work well on my iphone or iPad.

    • Sandra Kohlmann says

      I’m working on the broken links. It takes a long time, so if a link is broken, your best bet is to put the recipe name in the search bar. As for your phone/ipad, you need to use opt for the mobile version, when you go to the site. The recipes page does not work on mobile, but I haven’t found a way to remedy that yet. The blog takes lots of time and effort and makes little money, so these kinds of upgrades aren’t a given. Sorry!

  2. mary_smith says

    Yum! I had a great time with my carnivore family. I did fine except for 1 night. Now I’m home and back on track and looking forward to trying more of your recipes!


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