Grilled Vegetable and Grains Salad

Happy weekend! We have all sorts of fun plans that include a trip to Newport, visiting family, and hopefully, if all goes well, lots of time on the boat. If you are grilling and looking for a healthy side dish or perhaps even a dinner for your vegetarian guests, I have the perfect thing. Inspired by some beautiful, local zucchini and zucchini squash, this dish is super simple and utilizes some store-bought ingredients to make it something you can toss together very quickly.


You will need 3 medium sized zucchinis, summer squashes, or a mix of the two.

salad dressing

You will also need a half cup of a good bottled vinaigrette, unless you want to make your own, which is fine. I was purposely looking to cut corners here to get dinner on the table fast. I put my vinaigrette into the food processer with four cloves of raw garlic, crushed red pepper, and a squeeze of my Gourmet Garden basil to make it my own.

harvest grains blend

Once the dressing was all set, I heated up about a cup and a half of chickpeas I had already soaked and cooked the day before. I also cooked, according to package directions, half a package of Trader Joe’s Harvest Grains Blend, one of my favorite products ever. I love the texture!

The last step was simply grilling the veggies and assembling the dish. Right before serving, I poured in the dressing and tossed the grains and chickpeas to blend them together with it. A little sprinkle of salt and ground black pepper, and we were good to go!

grilled vegetable salad

grilled vegetable salad

I adore the flavors of grilled vegetables so much that I had a giant pile of them for dinner a few nights ago. May as well embrace summer as much as possible!

I love how healthy and easy this grilled vegetable salad is, and as I said earlier, it really is a complete vegetarian meal.

What are you cookin up this weekend?

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Tags: dinner, Food, recipe, side dish, summer meals, vegan, Vegetarian

  1. Jessica Maillet’s avatar

    I love the texture of that TJ’s grain blend!


  2. purabi naha’s avatar

    That’s the healthiest salad one can ever have. Love zucchini so much! Great photos. Just the right thing for me right now.


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That looks delicious. I love any and all grilled vegetables. Grilled fruit too, especially peaches!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    I didn’t cook it but I had some fantastic Indian food in Sharon last night… followed by some ice cream! Can’t wait to see you tonight!


  5. Megan’s avatar

    So funny… last Sunday, I picked up two zucchini and one summer squash as well… did something completely different though. I love the sound of this dish. And I really need to find that grains blend.

    Making some cupcakes today!


  6. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

    This really does look perfect for a nice summer day. I love recipes that utilize good quality store bought products that help make a healthy homecooked meal happen on a busy (or lazy) day, rather than opting to go out… again.
    I’m making a gigantic “American flag” cookie + grilling lots of veggies and burgers. :)
    Enjoy the boat and Newport!


  7. Charlene’s avatar

    I was just at Trader Joe’s yesterday and was contemplating buying a bag of those Harvest Grains but I hesitated. I’ll have to pick them up next time! Hope you had lots of time to enjoy the boat & had a lovely time in Newport!


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