If you aren't already grilling these foods, you need to be!
Grilling your food takes it to another level and fills it full of robust, smoky flavors that you could never get from the oven or stove. But don't just use your grill for meat— there's a whole world of food out there that's asking to be grilled! From avocado to cheese, we've put together a list of foods that might sound unusual to be grilling, but trust us, once you toss them on your grates, you'll never look back!
We don't recommend picking any random type of lettuce and throwing it on the grill, because not every lettuce does well when exposed to heat. In fact, most lettuces wilt quickly and become bitter when put on the grill, which is why we suggest only grilling Romaine Lettuce. For a wonderfully caramelized, smoky flavor, cut your Romain in half lengthwise, brush liberally with olive oil and grill cut side down, on medium-high for 2-3 or until lightly charred.
They’re so delicious eaten raw, or pickled, but have you ever had a grilled cucumber? Chances are you haven’t! Cucumbers typically aren’t cooked because they have such a high water content and when heated can easily become rubbery, and dehydrated or shriveled. To combat dry, unsavory cucumbers we recommend grilling at on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Also, marinating your cucumbers in vinegar and/or soy can keep them extra hydrated on the grill and will give you a great flavor!
We guarantee you’d never think to grill an avocado, but we’re telling you—once you try it, you’ll never go back! Grilling your avocado adds a delicious smoky flavor, that takes creamy guacamole, hearty avocado toast, and fresh simple salads to a whole new level! Simply heat your grill to medium-high, halve, pit, and brush your avocado with a little olive, sprinkle with a salt and pepper (or Schultz’s Gourmet Seasoning & Rub). Grill your avocado face down for 4-6 minutes, or until slightly charred.
Cake? On the grill? The answer is YES! Now, we don’t recommend putting a frosted, fully decorated slice on your nice, clean grill because that’s just asking for a messy clean up and some burnt, sugary frosting. Instead, try laying a few slices of your favorite pound cake or angel food cake on your grill grates over medium heat for 2-5 minutes or until grill marks appear. Not only does grilling your cake heat it up (perfect for a dollop of ice cream), but lightly grilling your cake makes it more aromatic and really brings out it’s richness!
Not all cheeses melt instantly when exposed to heat. Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese that has a very high melting point, making it a perfect match for the grill! Halloumi can be used in a variety of dishes, it also works well as a meat substitute or served on it's own. To grill Halloumi cut it into 1/3 inch thick slices, and grill each side on medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until crispy and golden!
Grilled lemonade, anyone?! Grilling citrus is great, especially when used for beverages or desserts! Simply heat your grill to high, lightly oil your grill grates, and place the citrus cut side down on your grill for 2-3 minutes. You’ll find that by grilling your citrus, you’ll achieve a bolder, smokier, and juicer flavor, than if you were to leave your citrus raw!
Skip the oven and toaster! Put your bread on the grill to get a perfectly crispy exterior while still keeping that soft interior! With bread, the grilling possibilities are essentially endless...you can grill your french toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, pita or naan, you can even put a full loaf on to make croutons! Simply oil your grill grates and cook your bread on medium-high heat until crispy, and grill marks have appeared, about 2-4 minutes.