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6 Surprising Things You Can Grill

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6 Surprising Things You Can Grill

Meat, meat, meat, occasionally corn, and more meat. That’s the dedicated job of many a grill, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The surprising items listed here can become the components of a vegetarian barbecue dinner, or can be grilled alongside meat as accompaniments.

1. Salad
Grilled salad, yum, the antithesis of a big slab of meat on the grill. You can grill many kinds of lettuce, but the heartier varieties hold up better to the char. Use romaine, endive or cabbage–you can separate leaves, use clusters of leaves, or cut the head in two and grill the halves face down. Brush them lightly with oil and grill over medium heat until just charred and not yet wilting into smithereens. There are many recipes online for caesar salad using grilled romaine, but you can make just about any salad you like.

2. Pizza
Cooking pizza on the grill imparts some crispy charred parts of the crust akin to pizza cooked in a brick oven. Brush the grill with oil, stretch out the dough on the grill, brush the top with oil and grill over medium-low heat. Flip the dough, add your toppings, and continue to grill until the crust is fully cooked. I really like how Heidi Swanson at 101 Cookbooks handles her grilled pizza.

Pizzas on the Grill: 4 Recipes

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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6:29AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013


5:50AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Will people really do these?

5:51PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Will try grilling an avacado, bot a few small ones, maybe add them to a salad

5:50PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Love the pineapple! I grill it weekly and it's just so yummy! Thanks

5:20PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

ive tried everything but the cake&salad I love grilling any&everything I can think of. thanks for the new tips!

7:04AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

This reminds me of my friend who once said she felt like grilling her nasty sister.

7:26PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012


11:34AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Back in Mexico, we had to quit barbecuing...the beans kept falling between the grates.

4:48AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:23PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Love some of these ideas. Thanks.

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