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Got the grill fired up? Make your sides too! Choose from these delicious grilled side dishes to whip up while you cook the main.

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Got your grill fired up? It’s not just for the main meal: you can use it for side dishes too! There are so many tasty grilled side dishes, starting with classics like veggie kabobs and corn on the cob.

But there are lots more adventurous options, too! Try grilling an entire Caesar salad (including the lettuce!), or even crisp wedges of garlic bread. With so many ideas to choose from, let’s get cooking!

And now…the top grilled side dishes!

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Summertime is grill season, and there’s nothing better than infusing that smoky, charred flavor into just about everything. Here are a few more ideas to bring to your table:

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Got summer produce on the brain? Us too. Here are a few more tasty summer recipes to make with the season’s best offerings:

Frequently asked questions

Grilling sides sounds complicated. Is it worth it?

Absolutely! Grilled sides are easy, healthy, and add a smoky depth of flavor that elevates your entire meal. Plus, the grill frees up space on your stovetop for other dishes.

What are some vegetables that grill well?

The possibilities are endless! Here are some great options:
Sturdy vegetables: Bell peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, corn on the cob, and Brussels sprouts are good options.
Tender vegetables: Mushrooms, green beans, and tomatoes.

What are some other options besides vegetables for grilled sides?

Get creative! Here are some ideas to explore:
Fruits: Grilled peaches, pineapple, or bananas add a sweet and refreshing touch.
Pizza dough: Grill pre-made pizza dough for a smoky base for grilled pizzas.
Halloumi cheese: This firm cheese grills beautifully and can be drizzled with your favorite sauce.

Can I grill side dishes alongside my main course?

Absolutely! Plan your cooking times based on thickness and adjust grill zones for different heat needs. You can also use a grill basket for smaller items or delicate vegetables.

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Grilled side dishes

Grilled Side Dishes: Veggie Skewers & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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These grilled veggie kabobs skewer all the best vegetables and are easy to throw on the grill! They’re an ideal healthy side dish.


  • 1 red onion
  • 3 multi-colored bell peppers
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms (or button mushrooms)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each* garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: lemon wedges


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them at least 20 minutes.
  3. Chop the onion into large pieces. Cut bell peppers into chunks. Slice the zucchini into rounds 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch thick. Add the sliced veggies to a bowl with the whole mushrooms and tomatoes toss everything with the olive oil, spices, and salt.
  4. Skewer the vegetables and place each skewers on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a few more pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Place the skewers directly on the grill. Grill 10 to 12 minutes until tender and blackened, turning every few minutes. If desired, spritz with lemon wedges before serving.


*You can also brush the skewers generously with BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce before grilling, and then again after grilling.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Grill
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!