During the warmer days of Spring and Summer, one of my absolute favorite meals to have is a grilled vegetable salad and top it with a citrus vinaigrette.
Instead of using olive oil, I love using Mazola® Corn Oil — for both brushing the veggies and for my vinaigrette as well.
This salad is super light and so good for you. And they say that when you eat the rainbow (meaning all the colorful vegetables you can add, the better the salad is for you.
So — let's talk about how I actually make this salad.
How I Make My Grilled Vegetable Salad
Chunkier veggies tend to stay whole when grilled and they don't lose their shape and shrivel away when grilling.
Then, before putting them on the grill, I brush on the Mazola Corn Oil. This keeps the veggies from sticking when they are on the grill. A lot of people use butter, but butter is high in saturated fat. This can raise your cholesterol, so I use corn oil instead. It does the exact same thing for my veggies.
Now, once the veggies are brushed with corn oil, I place them on the grill. I let them get a nice char on them.
The corn oil offers a smoke point higher than 450 degrees making it great for grilling. Instead of getting a negative flavor because the smoke point has been surpassed, corn oil really lets the flavor shine through!
They cook just until they get the perfect amount of char.
Making the Citrus Vinaigrette
Because this is a light salad, we are going to skip the creamy dressings and make a delicious Citrus Vinaigrette. To make the citrus vinaigrette, all you need is lemon juice (fresh is best), corn oil, salt, pepper and a sprig of rosemary.
Most people like using olive oil for their dressings. I like using corn oil because it has a neutral flavor. This allows the lemon to shine through. For this vinaigrette, you are going to measure out 1/2 cup of corn oil.
Now, in a measuring cup, add all your ingredients. Mix together with a small wire whisk to emulsify it together. That just means you are making everything come together so that your oil and lemon juice blend well.
Now — we are ready to assemble the salad!
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Now mix together and sprinkle some salt and pepper and serve hot or room temp. It is perfect for any occasion!
If you want to lighten up your dishes this summer, grab a few bottles of Mazola Corn Oil.
Start experimenting with making some changes to your heavier dishes. You will be surprised at the difference!
Here are a few other dishes that would be perfect to serve alongside this salad —
- Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak
- Grilled Ribs with Spicy Peach Glaze
- Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Herb Butter
- 2 medium zucchini, chunked
- 2 yellow squash, chunked
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1 bunch of fresh baby carrots
- 3 scallions
- 2 lemons, halved
- Crumbled Feta Cheese
For the Citrus Vinaigrette
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, minced
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Mazola Corn Oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat grill to medium high heat.
- Using skewers (metal ones are my favorite) skewer all your vegetables on each one. Load them on from top to bottom.
- Using your Mazola Corn Oil, brush the veggies so that they won't stick when you place them on the grill.
- Place veggies on the grill and allow them to char on all sides. Be sure to turn every few minutes. Veggies are done when they are to your specification. I like mine with a little bite still so I don't grill them for long periods.
- Remove veggies from the grill and set aside.
To Make the Vinaigrette
- Combine all your ingredients in a 2 cup measuring cup. Use a fork to emulsify it all together until the oil and lemon juice combine.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the veggies and then top with fresh crumbled Feta Cheese.
- Sprinkle on salt and pepper and enjoy!
Serving Size:1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g