Mediterranean Vegetable Kebabs

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I like to mix and match vegetables for their diverse flavors, textures, and health benefits. Meat lovers will be surprised at how filling and delicious roasted vegetables can be. So fire up the grill and get ready for some Mediterranean Vegetable Kebabs!

The History of the Shish Kebab

A shish kebab typically consists of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer. The term shish kebab comes from the Turkish words şiş kebap that mean “skewer” and “roast meat,” which originated when Turkish soldiers used to grill chunks of freshly hunted animals on swords over open field fires. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then.

Today, shish kebabs many cultures enjoy kebabs in some form or another: 

Mediterranean Vegetable Kebabs
  • In Asia, there’s satay, which is roasted skewered meat served with a dipping sauce often made from peanuts.
  • Portuguese espetadas consist of beef marinated in wine and slow-roasted on skewers over an open fire. 
  • In Japanese cuisine, you’ll find yakitori, or grilled skewered fowl.
  • The French call shish kebabs brochettes, meaning “skewers”.

There are No Rules

Although shish kebabs traditionally refer to meat on skewers, there’s no rule that states you have to have meat. Serve up a collection of vegetables for a flavorful, healthy meal. These Mediterranean Vegetable Kebabs don’t have to be exclusively vegetables either! You can be creative here and even include fruits like peaches, nectarines, pears, pineapple, or cherries. You simply can’t go wrong with a variety of fresh produce.

Make it a Meal

Serve with delicious Vegan Mac and Cheese Muffins and a tossed garden salad for a crowd-pleasing barbecue picnic!

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Mediterranean Vegetable Kebabs

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield:varies

Ingredients

For the Vegetable Kebabs

There’s really no way to go wrong with veggie kebabs. Choose vegetables that you love and cut them into 1/2 – 1-inch chunks. I like to go for color by selecting a variety of peppers and mix it up with zucchini, yellow squash, onions, tomatoes, you name it! Plan for about 1 1/2 – 2 cups vegetables per person.

Below are some suggestions:

zucchini

yellow squash

bell pepper

brussels sprouts

mushrooms

onion (white or red)

cherry tomatoes

For the Mediterranean Marinade

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup soy sauce aka tamari

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 drop oregano essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil

1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients for marinade. Be sure not to overuse the essential oils.
  3. Cut vegetables into chunks and carefully thread them onto skewers, alternating among vegetables.
  4. Place skewered vegetables on a baking sheet and brush with marinade, turning to cover all sides. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Cook skewers unit veggies are nicely roasted and tender, turning and basting with olive oil marinade occasionally. Grill for about 10 to 15 minutes.

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