Elote Salad

This delicious elote salad turns Mexican street corn into a salad! It’s creamy, smoky, salty, and absolutely irresistible. Our favorite…

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This delicious elote salad turns Mexican street corn into a salad! It’s creamy, smoky, salty, and absolutely irresistible.

Elote salad

Our favorite summer side dish over here? Elote, aka Mexican grilled corn. The smoky sweet corn kernels slathered in an irresistibly sauce is the epitome of the season for us. So here’s another fabulous way to eat the same flavors: this Elote Corn Salad! It’s absolutely irresistible, pairing grilled corn with a tangy sauce and bursts of salty cheese. Don’t want to fire up the grill? There’s a shortcut method, too.

What is elote?

Elote, aka Mexican street corn, is grilled corn slathered in a creamy sauce of sour cream, mayonnaise, and chili powder, and sprinkled with cheese. It’s a popular snack served by street vendors in Mexico. Of course, it’s the very best on the street in Mexico or cities that have a strong Mexican heritage to their cuisine: there’s nothing like it!

This elote salad is a spin on the popular side dish that uses all the flavor of elote. But you’ll cut the corn kernels off the cob, making it into a free form corn salad. It’s essentially the same as esquites, a version of elote served in a cup by Mexican street vendors.

Ingredients in elote salad

This elote salad is easy to make: the only part that requires any sort of technique is cooking the corn. See the methods below! Otherwise, all you’ll need is:

  • Corn on the cob (or frozen corn, see below)
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lime juice
  • Cotija cheese, queso fresco, or feta cheese
  • Spices: Chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt
Elote corn salad

Find Cotija cheese or queso fresco (feta is a substitute!)

If you can, look for Cotija cheese for this recipe! It’s the traditional Mexican style of cheese that’s use in elote. Here’s a bit more about it and a few substitutes:

  • Cotija cheese is a Mexican cow’s milk cheese: it’s white with a dry texture and a very salty flavor. You can buy it fresh or aged, but it’s usually easiest to find fresh at the grocery.
  • Queso fresco means fresh cheese in Spanish and is another Mexican cow’s milk cheese. It works as a stand in for Cotija, but it’s much less salty. You may want to add a little salt to recipes if you use this substitute.
  • Feta cheese is a Greek cheese that has a similar crumbly texture to Cotija, and it’s easy to find at the store. It’s similar in saltiness to Cotija as well.

5 ways to cook the corn

This elote salad is delicious no matter how you cook the corn! Mix mayo, lime, and spices into pretty much anything and it will taste delicious (really). Here are our top methods for cooking corn for this recipe:

  • Grilled: Elote salad is at its best with grilled corn! Try this Perfect Grilled Corn.
  • Roasted: Roasted corn is delicious and easy. Try Roasted Corn.
  • Boiled: The standard way to cook corn? Boiled. Try Boiled Corn on the Cob.
  • Sauteed: You can use fresh or frozen corn kernels for this recipe too! Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet, then add the corn kernels and cook 3 to 4 minutes until bright yellow and tender.
  • Smoked: If you have a smoker, this is the way to go! Try Smoked Corn.

That’s it! We hope you love this elote salad recipe. It’s the perfect summer side dish for a grilled dinner! Let us know in the comments below what you think.

Elote salad

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Elote Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This delicious elote salad turns Mexican street corn into a salad! It’s creamy, smoky, salty, and absolutely irresistible.


Ingredients

  • 6 ears corn (or 5 cups corn kernels*)
  • 1 green onion
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese, queso fresco, or feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt (or more salt to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cook the corn: Heat a grill to medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). Shuck the corn. Use your hands to rub oil on each corn cob evenly. Place the corn directly on the grill grates and cook until it begins to blacken, then turn. Cook about 12 to 15 minutes total, until blackened on all sides. Alternative methods: Make Boiled Corn on the Cob, Roasted Corn on the Cob, or Smoked Corn on the Cob. Or for a quick fix, use 5 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels and sauté for a minute or two in butter in a medium skillet.
  2. Cut the corn off the cob: Find a bundt pan, or large rimmed baking sheet or pan. Place the corn into the hole in the bundt pan or hold the corn vertically inside the baking sheet, then use a chef’s knife to slice down and remove the corn from the cob. The sides of the pan catch the kernels that fly when cutting. See How to Cut Corn off The Cob for more.
  3. Prep the vegetables: Thinly slice the green onion. Finely chop the cilantro.
  4. Make the dressing: In a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt.
  5. Serve: Mix together the grilled corn, vegetables, and dressing. If desired, top with a sprinkle more cheese crumbles.

Notes

*For a quick fix, you can sauté 5 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet, then add the corn kernels and cook 3 to 4 minutes until bright yellow and tender.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Summer

Keywords: Elote salad, elote corn salad

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Grilled Shrimp Salad

This grilled shrimp salad is summer dinner at its finest! It’s bursting with flavor, drizzled with a zingy tomato vinaigrette.…

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This grilled shrimp salad is summer dinner at its finest! It’s bursting with flavor, drizzled with a zingy tomato vinaigrette.

Grilled shrimp salad

Fire up the grill, because here’s an easy summer dinner recipe ready to impress…Grilled Shrimp Salad! This one is all about the season: flip flops and cicadas humming and the clinking of ice cubes in a tall glass of homemade lemonade. The first bite is a burst of flavor: smoky shrimp, savory feta and the tangy burst of a fresh tomato vinaigrette. Throw a few extra veggies on the grill, and you’ve got an impressive summer dinner in for all your patio meals.

Elements in this grilled shrimp salad

This grilled shrimp salad recipe is full of massive flavor. The main idea: you’ll grill shrimp on skewers and add some veggies alongside, also on skewers. Whip up a quick creamy dressing, then serve them all over greens. Here are the basic elements:

  • Shrimp, medium-sized (see below)
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Greens
  • Feta cheese
  • Tomato Vinaigrette dressing

What to look for when buying shrimp

There’s lots of variation at the store when it comes to buying shrimp. Here’s what we prefer for this grilled shrimp salad recipe:

  • Medium to large shrimp: Try to find 26-30 per pound size, if you can
  • Tail on or peeled: Tail on looks the prettiest, and helps so it doesn’t dry out on the grill. You can use fully peeled if you like: just keep an eye on it
  • Deveined: This is preferable to save a step of deveining
  • Fresh or frozen: You can use either! Frozen can be as high quality as fresh if it’s frozen as soon as it’s caught. Make sure to thaw the shrimp while you’re preheating.
  • Wild caught (US if possible): Wild caught is the most sustainable option. Look for shrimp that’s caught in the country where you live!
Grilled shrimp salad

Tips for grilling with skewers!

This grilled shrimp salad recipe works with or without skewers. We like using skewers because it presents a nice visual and they’re easy to grill. But if you don’t have them, you can throw both the shrimp and veggies right onto the grill. Here’s what to know:

  • Soak wooden skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them about 20 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill. You can do this while preheating!
  • Thread the shrimp on and make them just touch. This helps to minimize spinning when you’re flipping them, and helps keep the shrimp in place.
  • Alternate directions of the tails. This makes for a stunning visual: see below.
Shrimp skewers
Thread the shrimp close together in alternating directions

Make the homemade tomato vinaigrette

The stunning centerpiece of this grilled shrimp salad? The dressing! This homemade Tomato Vinaigrette takes 2 minutes to whip up in a blender and it’s bursting with ripe, summery tomato flavor. If you don’t have ripe tomatoes on hand, skip to the next section. But we highly recommend seeking them out for this recipe! All you need to do is blend these ingredients in a blender until creamy:

  • 1 ripe tomato
  • Olive oil
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt

It’s truly stunning! We hope you love it as much as we do. But if you prefer another dressing…

Tomato Vinaigrette

Other dressings for grilled shrimp salad

There are lots of other homemade dressing ideas for grilled shrimp salad. Of course, if you’re running low on time, use store-bought! There are lots of great options out there these days, many of which are organic. Opt for homemade, and we recommend these creamy dressing options:

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this summer dinner in the comments below.

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Grilled Shrimp Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This grilled shrimp salad is summer dinner at its finest! It’s bursting with flavor, drizzled with a zingy tomato vinaigrette.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, tail on and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups baby greens
  • 1 avocado (optional)
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 recipe Tomato Vinaigrette (or Green Goddess Dressing or Chipotle Ranch Dressing)

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Thaw the shrimp, if frozen. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees). If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 20 minutes while you are preheating and prepping.
  2. Prep the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel or clean towel. Place it in a bowl and add the olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, and kosher salt. Mix to combine. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, alternating direction of the tails and making the shrimp just touch each other (so they don’t spin when flipping the skewers).
  3. Prep the vegetables: Cut the pepper into large chunks. Thread it onto skewers with the cherry tomatoes. Brush the vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with a few pinches kosher salt.
  4. Make the vinaigrette: Make the Tomato Vinaigrette (or make it in advance and refrigerate until serving).
  5. Grill the veggies and shrimp: Place the vegetable skewers directly on the grill and cook 10 minutes, turning several times. In the last 4 minutes, place shrimp skewers directly on the grill and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, until bright pink and cooked through.
  6. Assemble the salad: In bowls, place the greens. Top with the grilled shrimp and vegetables (either on the skewers or off). Add sliced avocado and top with a sprinkle of feta cheese. Drizzle with tomato vinaigrette and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Salad

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Grilled Veggie Kabobs

These grilled veggie kabobs skewer all the best vegetables and are easy to throw on the grill! They’re an ideal…

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These grilled veggie kabobs skewer all the best vegetables and are easy to throw on the grill! They’re an ideal healthy side dish.

Vegetable kabobs

Ready for the best best, easiest summer side dish? Let’s make Veggie Kabobs! Perhaps you’ve made these before without a recipe. But you’ll know, the veggies risk coming out under-seasoned and over-cooked. Here’s our best method for making veggie kabobs with a simple seasoning blend. All the best veggies come out cooked to perfection! It’s the ideal summer side dish for a grilled dinner. Let’s waste no time and get right to it.

Best vegetables for veggie kabobs

Sure, you can mostly use any veggies you want. But some veggies are not ideal here. The trick? Use veggies that all cook in a relatively similar timeframe. That means no extra hard veggies like carrots or potatoes. Here are the best vegetables for veggie kabobs:

  • Bell peppers, multi-colored for a beautiful look
  • Red onion or white onion
  • Zucchini or yellow squash (or a combination of both)
  • Mushrooms, either baby bella (cremini) or white button
  • Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes

Other ideas? Pineapple adds a nice sweet and savory combination. Small 1 to 2-inch sections of corn on the cob works, and so does diced eggplant. You can use cauliflower, but we recommend steaming them first (see Grilled Cauliflower).

What to avoid? Broccoli and asparagus are too hard to skewer. Carrots and potatoes should be avoided, or parboiled. Brussels sprouts also aren’t ideal for skewers, as they take slightly longer than the above veggies.

Veggie kabobs

Tips for chopping for vegetable skewers

Once you’ve selected your veggies, here’s what to note for the skewering process:

  • Chop the vegetables into relatively similar sizes. You’ll want them to be bite-sized for easy eating once they’re grilled to perfection. Keep in mind, they’ll shrink quite a bit once they’re cooked.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them while you’re chopping. You only need 15 to 20 minutes for soaking, which is about the time it will take to preheat the grill and chop.
  • Or, use metal skewers! We purchased some metal skewers to save us from the soak. (Worth it.)

Seasoning for veggie kabobs

How to season veggie kabobs? You can make marinated veggie kabobs, but we prefer just throwing them on the grill with olive oil and seasonings. Here’s what we’ve found makes a killer seasoning blend. Throw on equal parts of:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Smoked paprika (a smoky version of regular paprika you should be able to find at your local grocery; see more info here)
  • Kosher salt
Grilled vegetable kabobs

Or, brush with BBQ sauce or teriyaki

A variation we often take on these veggie kabobs? Brushing the veggies with a sauce! Skip the seasonings above and just go with the sauce. You’ll want to do it twice: once before they go on the grill, and then a generous slather afterwards. Here are a few sauces we’ve tried and loved:

Heat and grill time for veggie kabobs

Once you’ve cut and seasoned the veggie kabobs, throw the them on the grill! Here are the specifics on timing and heat level (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s about 375 to 450 degrees.
  • Chop and skewer the veggies and season. See the recipe below.
  • Grill on the grates for 10 to 12 minutes. Cook until charred and tender, turning every few minutes.
Vegetable skewers

Make it into a grilled meal!

These vegetable kabobs (aka skewers) are a fantastic side to round out a grilled meal. Here are a few ways to pair it!

More grilled veggies

Of course, there are lots more grilled veggies to throw on too! These vegetable skewers are part of our grilled vegetable series, which has all of our favorites:

These grilled veggie kabobs are…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Vegetable kabobs

Grilled Veggie Kabobs


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These grilled veggie kabobs skewer all the best vegetables and are easy to throw on the grill! They’re an ideal healthy side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 red onion
  • 3 multi-colored bell peppers
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 8 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms (or button mushrooms)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each* garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them at least 20 minutes.
  3. Chop the onion into large pieces. Cut bell peppers into chunks. Slice the zucchini into rounds 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch thick. Add the sliced veggies to a bowl with the whole mushrooms and tomatoes toss everything with the olive oil, spices, and salt.
  4. Skewer the vegetables and place each skewers on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a few more pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Place the skewers directly on the grill. Grill 10 to 12 minutes until tender and blackened, turning every few minutes. If desired, spritz with lemon wedges before serving.

Notes

*You can also brush the skewers generously with BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce before grilling and then after grilling.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Grilled

Keywords: Veggie kabobs, grilled veggie kabobs, vegetable kabobs, veggie skewers, vegetable skewers, grilled vegetable skewers

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Spiced Kefta

Persian food, like many of the foods from a region that’s often broadly referred to as the Middle East, takes cues from a variety of influences and cultures as people traverse borders and bring their delicious foods with them. Which is why the food in America is so diverse; people have gifted us with foods from their homelands, such as tacos, sushi, pizza, beer, and…

Persian food, like many of the foods from a region that’s often broadly referred to as the Middle East, takes cues from a variety of influences and cultures as people traverse borders and bring their delicious foods with them. Which is why the food in America is so diverse; people have gifted us with foods from their homelands, such as tacos, sushi, pizza, beer, and bagels. Similarly, France has been blessed to have beans for cassoulet, chocolat chaud (hot chocolate), and croissants.

As a cook, I like dipping into various cuisines and cultures and lately, I’ve been working on Tahdig, a Persian rice dish that’s cooked on the stovetop until the bottom gets crusty, which can take an hour or longer, and requires some patience. Once done, you take a leap of faith and turn it out onto a plate so the crispy part (the tahdig) forms a golden, crackly crown on top of a bed of fragrant, saffron-infused rice…if you do it right.

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Steak Salad

Grilled Steak Salad with sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and a creamy cilantro lime dressing. You will love this fresh and simple summer salad! We make and eat a lot of salads during the summertime and this Steak Salad is Josh’s all-tim…

Grilled Steak Salad with sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and a creamy cilantro lime dressing. You will love this fresh and simple summer salad! We make and eat a lot of salads during the summertime and this Steak Salad is Josh’s all-time favorite! Adding a protein, like steak, is a great way to get…

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Grilled Marinated Peppers with Burrata and Breadcrumbs.

These grilled peppers are life changing! I realize that’s dramatic. But it’s me! What else do you expect? Plus, they’re really life-changing. Oddly enough, I have another pepper recipe coming for you too. One today, then another in a week or two (hint hint, they are stuffed!)  All the summer pepper feels! If you adore […]

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These grilled peppers are life changing!

grilled peppers with burrata and sourdough breadcrumbs

I realize that’s dramatic. But it’s me! What else do you expect?

Plus, they’re really life-changing.

halved bell peppers ready for the grill

Oddly enough, I have another pepper recipe coming for you too.

One today, then another in a week or two (hint hint, they are stuffed!) 

All the summer pepper feels!

peppers right off the grill

If you adore all things tart and briney like I do, you will just flip over these peppers! They are grilled first, then covered in a delicious vinaigrette. 

And then! We stuff them with burrata cheese and obviously all is right in the world.

grilled marinated peppers with burrata on top

Oh but then! Lots of thens, I know.

We add toasted sourdough crumbs or croutons (whatever you’d like to call them) for crunch.

Tons of fresh herbs. 

More drizzles of vinaigrette. 

So.much.flavor. 

I can’t even stand it! 

cheesy burrata

The grilled marinated peppers are almost better than roasted red peppers. We have so many jars in our pantry because they are one of our favorite food – we use them in pasta, on pizza, to make sauce – everything. 

These are just as good! Probably better. The smokiness from the grill adds so much flavor that you’ll want to put these on everything too. 

grilled peppers with burrata and sourdough breadcrumbs

There are a few different ways you can serve this. If you’re making it at home for a summery snack or dinner, make it like this. Keep the peppers whole, throw some burrata and breadcrumbs inside and enjoy with a knife and fork.

If you want to make this for a party or a pool snack, like a gathering with friends where it could be more of an appetizer, slice the peppers. Throw the sliced peppers on a plate with the vinaigrette and cover with a ball of burrata. Serve it with slices of sourdough instead of the crumbs.

The dish is super versatile.

up close burrata with herbs and croutons

Also, summery snack is my favorite thing. When I hear “summery snack” I think of a 5PM snack, when you’re enjoying happy hour with a chilled glass of white wine on the patio that accidentally turns into dinner. Those are the best kind! 

This is the best kind.

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Grilled Peppers with Burrata and Breadcrumbs

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Grilled Marinated Peppers with Burrata and Breadcrumbs

These grilled peppers are life changing! Marinated with a delish vinaigrette, covered with burrata and topped with sourdough crumbs.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil spray or for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup olive oil
  • 3 slices sourdough bread, torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, like thyme, basil, rosemary, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 8 ounces ball burrata cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. I like it to be around 500 degrees.
  • Slice the peppers down the center, cutting them in half from top to bottom. Remove some of the ribs and seeds. Spray or brush the peppers with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Make the vinaigrette. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper, crushed pepper flakes until combined. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  • Make the sourdough crumbs. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Add in the torn sourdough pieces with a pinch of salt and pepper along with the garlic powder. Cook, tossing often, until crunchy and golden, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Place the peppers on the grill, cut side down. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes (or until golden and slightly charred), then flip and grill for another 5. Remove the peppers and place them on a dish. Drizzle them with a bit of the vinaigrette. Tear apart a ball of burrata and distribute it over the peppers. Drizzle on more vinaigrette. Top with the sourdough crumbs and fresh herbs.
  • Serve!

grilled peppers with burrata and sourdough breadcrumbs

Burrata is for lovers!

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Grilled Peaches

Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert. Peach season is one glorious month here in Indiana. And those first ripe peaches are cause for celebration! Here’s one of our favorite new ways to eat them: Grilled Peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about: and it’s simple to throw on the grill once you’re done making the main dish. Here’s how to make this incredible grilled dessert. Don’t want to grill? Make Roasted Peaches instead! Ingredients for grilled peaches These grilled peaches are easy to make, with a short ingredient list! They’re perfect for summer entertaining, especially if you’ve already got the grill fired up for the main dish. Here’s what you’ll need for these peaches: Ripe peaches: Don’t use anything but ripe peaches! We can’t emphasize this enough. Only buy ripe, in season peaches for this recipe. You’ll want them just ripe, not too soft […]

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Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.

Grilled peaches

Peach season is one glorious month here in Indiana. And those first ripe peaches are cause for celebration! Here’s one of our favorite new ways to eat them: Grilled Peaches! Throw these sweet, juicy fruits onto the grill and they get caramelized and lightly smoky. Then top them with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint, and it’s one of the best treats on the planet. This is a summer dessert that everyone raves about: and it’s simple to throw on the grill once you’re done making the main dish. Here’s how to make this incredible grilled dessert.

Don’t want to grill? Make Roasted Peaches instead!

Ingredients for grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are easy to make, with a short ingredient list! They’re perfect for summer entertaining, especially if you’ve already got the grill fired up for the main dish. Here’s what you’ll need for these peaches:

  • Ripe peaches: Don’t use anything but ripe peaches! We can’t emphasize this enough. Only buy ripe, in season peaches for this recipe. You’ll want them just ripe, not too soft or they’ll turn mushy on the grill.
  • Brown sugar
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed or canola (here’s more)
Grilled peaches

How to find ripe peaches

It can be hard to find perfectly ripe peaches: so make sure to buy them during peach season! It’s great to buy them from your local farmer’s market if peaches are grown near you. Here are a few tips on shopping for ripe, juicy peaches:

  • Choose peaches that are still slightly firm, but that give way slightly when you press gently against them.
  • Ripe peaches should also smell fairly strong and should be bright in color. Any kind of peach works for this recipe; white or yellow, it doesn’t matter as long as the peach is super ripe!

Tips on how to grill peaches

Peaches can go directly onto the grill grates. You’ll just need to know a few basic items: grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make grilled peaches on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the peaches in half, rub with oil, and sprinkle the tops with brown sugar.
  • Grill 4 minutes cut side down, then flip and cook 3 minutes until the peaches are soft and tender.
Grilled peaches

Toppings for these grilled peaches

These grilled peaches are just sweet enough on their own: but they’re meant to have toppings! Adding vanilla ice cream takes them from good to amazing status. Here’s what we’d suggest serving them with:

  • Drizzle of honey or maple syrup: Don’t forget this! It adds the final sweetness.
  • Fresh mint leaves: Fresh mint adds a delicious nuance of flavor, and a beautiful color.
  • Vanilla ice cream: The final touch: melty vanilla ice cream! This is what transforms the grilled peaches into the perfect dessert with a “peaches and cream” vibe. (It reminds us of our favorite peach pie!)

More topping ideas!

Topping the grilled peaches is the fun part, and you can get creative! Here are some more ideas for tasty ways to serve them:

And that’s it! Let us know if you make them in the comments below.

Grilled peaches

More grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are a few grilled desserts you should try with the same basic method:

  • Grilled Apples Apples are perfect grilled in a foil packet with sugar and spices until tender. Then top with ice cream!
  • Grilled Bananas Everyone will rave! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Grilled Pineapple It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy! Serve this tropical dessert drizzled with honey and toasted coconut.

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Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled peaches

Grilled Peaches


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Grilled peaches are easy to make and full of sweet and smoky flavor! Top with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer grilled dessert.


Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches (just ripe, not overly soft)
  • Neutral oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream (vegan if desired)
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Cut the peaches in half, remove the pits, and rub both sides with drizzle of oil. Lightly sprinkle the cut side with brown sugar.
  3. Clean the grill with a wet rag to remove any savory flavors from previous grilling.
  4. Grill cut side down for 4 to 5 minutes until softened and grill marks appear. Flip and grill the other side for 2 to 3 minutes until soft.
  5. Serve with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup (adds the final sweetness!), mint leaves, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (required!).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled peaches, How to grill peaches

More peach recipes

Peach season calls for lots of recipes! Here are all our peach recipes to make while you’ve got loads of them:

  • Award Winning Peach Pie This really is the world’s best! Our family recipe features fresh peaches with a thick creamy custard.
  • Peach Sangria Great for summer entertaining, featuring white wine, brandy, and sweet fruit.
  • Best Peach Cobbler Cinnamon-y sweet peaches are topped with flaky ricotta biscuits: and we dare you to eat just one bite.
  • Peach Smoothie The incredible creamy flavor tastes like a milkshake, but it’s full of healthy ingredients.
  • Peach Salsa Serve with tortilla chips, fish, black beans, tacos, and more!

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Flaming Hot Cheetos Grilled Corn!

Wait! Please don’t leave. I promise there’s a really good reason to make flaming hot cheetos grilled corn. I swear. There is a legitimate reason for covering your corn in these spicy, crunchy crumbs and then eating it. I promise. It might even become one of your favorite summer treats! Let’s be real: it’s definitely […]

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Wait! Please don’t leave. I promise there’s a really good reason to make flaming hot cheetos grilled corn.

flaming hot cheetos grilled corn

I swear. There is a legitimate reason for covering your corn in these spicy, crunchy crumbs and then eating it. I promise.

It might even become one of your favorite summer treats!

Let’s be real: it’s definitely a treat. And if we’re cooking at home all summer, things gotta be good. 

corn on the cob

Now, I didn’t make this recipe up. You may remember two years ago when I was doing a book signing for The Pretty Dish in Boston, we had flaming hot cheetos street corn one night.

It was SO good.

crushed flaming hot cheetos

And guys, here’s the biggest thing. I am not a cheetos fan, and I’m certainly not a flaming hot cheetos fan. As a kid, I liked cheese puff things more than crunchy cheetos. And I’m such a baby when it comes to heat and spice! If things are too spicy, I feel like they just burn out my taste buds and then I can’t, well, TASTE anything. 

You know?

But I had to make it at home. I don’t know exactly how that restaurant made their corn, but the way I’ve made it is incredible. Like holy flavor from heaven. 

grilled corn on the cob

So anyway. Here I am. Covering my grilled corn on the cob in flaming hot cheetos. 2020 has brought me to my knees. And brought me to this.

Let me tell you how insanely good it is. I mean, it is GOOD. 

rolling corn on the cob in cotija mayo

First up, let’s talk about the components:

It’s sweet from the corn.

Creamy and cheesy from the cotija lime mayo.

Spicy and crunchy from the cheetos coating.

Seriously, EVERYTHING you want in one bite? This is it.

I’ve made this recipe a few times over the years, but I was “embarrassed” to share the full “recipe” since it uses the cheetos. 2020 has tossed all embarrassment out the window. You may have seen me post it on instagram stories last summer, but this year I decided that it HAD to have its own space here. It’s just so incredibly good, regardless of how trashed up the concept may be.

flaming hot cheetos grilled corn

Here’s how it goes down:

Grill your corn. Or heck, even roast it. Doesn’t matter to me. I love the charred, smoky bite that you get from a grilled ear of corn. But whatever works! Just cook it.

Then, slather it with a mixture of mayo, crumbled cotija cheese and lime zest. This is good enough to eat with a spoon. Super flavorful! Spread it all over the ear of corn because it acts as “glue” (ew?) for the cheetos.

I know, I know. I still can’t get over the cheetos either. 

Then, roll it in the cheetos crumbs. Add a sprinkle of cotija, a spritz of lime.

And you’ve arrived. TRY IT!

flaming hot cheetos grilled corn

Flaming Hot Cheetos Grilled Corn

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Flaming Hot Cheetos Grilled Corn

This hot cheetos grilled corn is amazing. Charred, smoky grilled corn slathered in cotija cheese mayo and rolled through crushed flaming hot cheetos. Yum!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 ears of corn
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 lime, zest freshly grated (you can use the juice to spritz after)
  • 2 cups flaming hot cheetos

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to the highest setting. Shuck the corn (I left the husk at the bottom for photos, but honestly, it’s messy to eat this way!). I don’t use olive oil or anything here - I find that it browns nicely on the grill and there is enough flavor with everything else!
  • Place the corn on the grill grates and cook until charred and golden, rotating every few minutes. My corn takes 10 to 15 minutes total, maybe a bit less for smaller ears.
  • While the corn is grilling, stir together the mayo, cotija cheese and lime zest.
  • Place the cheetos in the bowl of your food processor and pulse until small crumbs remain (or place them in a sealed bag and crush them!). Place the crumbs on a plate that is large enough to roll the ears of corn in.
  • Remove the corn from the grill and spread the cotija mayo (about 2 tablespoons each) all over the ears of corn. Roll the corn through the crushed cheetos. Sprinkle with extra cotija cheese. Serve immediately with fresh lime for spritzing!

Hate how much I love it.

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Grilled Whole Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Ranch.

Tonight it’s grilled whole sweet potatoes for dinner! Seriously, these are about to be a staple in your menu. Because hello flavor! You can throw them on the grill and top them with ANYTHING. These sweet potatoes on the grill may be my new favorite thing. They are so easy. The skin gets crispy and […]

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Tonight it’s grilled whole sweet potatoes for dinner!

grilled whole sweet potatoes with homemade ranch

Seriously, these are about to be a staple in your menu. Because hello flavor!

You can throw them on the grill and top them with ANYTHING.

ranch dressing ingredients in food processor

These sweet potatoes on the grill may be my new favorite thing. They are so easy. The skin gets crispy and charred. You don’t have to turn on your oven!! 

Yes, the benefits are endless.

Plus, we have the whole smoky flavor that really takes everything over the top. 

homemade ranch in food processor

This is a simple recipe but one that is super good. I like to throw fresh garden tomatoes on top and crispy bacon. If you want to go full BLT-style you could top with shredded lettuce or even marinated kale. Or fresh arugula! 

I also like to add some quick pickled onions.

However, the thing that takes these over the top is the homemade ranch. I could do sweet potato fries alone dipped in the ranch. It’s insane. 

grilled whole sweet potatoes with homemade ranch

So, the ranch!

I have a few different varieties of ranch on my blog. Like this greek yogurt ranch and this avocado ranch

And I have never been a huge ranch person but my oh my, that has changed. After testing the potatoes with ranch a few times, I got hooked on the ranch. Like – OBSESSED. Finally, I fell in love with it. 

I’ve been making a batch of it every weekend. We use it on sandwiches, for veggies, all that good stuff. I’ve added hot sauce to it to make buffalo ranch and have just thrown an avocado in the blender with it for avocado ranch!

grilled whole sweet potatoes with homemade ranch

And here, I’m giving you two options – you can make it with fresh herbs or you can make it with dried. Whatever you have on hand, depending on the season. This one deserves a front row seat in your recipe box.

It’s seriously fool proof and so delicious. I do highly suggest using a bunch of fresh dill and chives straight from the garden right now. 

Then load up all of your favorite things on top of the charred sweet potatoes.

The result is so warm and comforting and FRESH. 

grilled whole sweet potatoes with homemade ranch

Grilled Whole Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Ranch

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Tomatoes and Ranch

These grilled whole sweet potatoes are drizzle with the most delish homemade ranch and topped with bacon, herbs, tomatoes and pickled onions!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup chopped herbs, like parsley, chives and basil
  • pickled onions, for topping

fresh herb ranch

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives or 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium heat. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes.
  • Place the potatoes on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 35 to 40 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes or so. Note: if you don’t want the skin to get crunchy and blackened, you can definitely wrap these in foil. It’s your call!
  • While the potatoes are on the grill, heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. You can also make the ranch at this point too!
  • When the potatoes are done, slice them in half. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle with the ranch dressing. Top each with the chopped tomatoes, crispy bacon and a few pickled onions if you wish. Top with fresh herbs!

fresh herb ranch

  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed and combined. Store in the fridge in a sealed container. This lasts for about a week!

grilled whole sweet potatoes with homemade ranch

Best breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Grilled Bananas a La Mode

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream. Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Grill up some burgers or veggies, then throw on these bananas and you’ve got dessert waiting for you. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort! Alex and I were skeptical at first of this idea, but at first bite we were sold. Ingredients for grilled bananas There’s only a handful of ingredients you need for big flavor here! This grilled dessert is naturally sweet using pure maple syrup to make a sweetly spiced sauce. Here’s what you need to make grilled bananas: Bananas: Make sure to use bananas that are ripe but still firm. If they’re overly ripe, they’ll become mushy after grilling (which is okay flavor-wise, just not as pretty to look at) Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup: you could also use […]

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Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.

Grilled bananas

Got a grill? Then you absolutely must try the revelation that is grilled bananas! This grilled spin on the flavors of bananas foster is the perfect end to a dinner on the patio. Grill up some burgers or veggies, then throw on these bananas and you’ve got dessert waiting for you. Each tender bite is flavored with maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It’s made even more perfect with a little melty vanilla ice cream: restaurant quality with very little effort! Alex and I were skeptical at first of this idea, but at first bite we were sold.

Ingredients for grilled bananas

There’s only a handful of ingredients you need for big flavor here! This grilled dessert is naturally sweet using pure maple syrup to make a sweetly spiced sauce. Here’s what you need to make grilled bananas:

  • Bananas: Make sure to use bananas that are ripe but still firm. If they’re overly ripe, they’ll become mushy after grilling (which is okay flavor-wise, just not as pretty to look at)
  • Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup: you could also use honey if desired
  • Rum: Add in a splash of rum if you like! This channels the bananas foster vibe even more
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream: Topping with melty vanilla ice cream takes it to star status
  • Chopped pecans: Optional, but the toasting crunch adds a finishing touch
How to grill bananas

How to cut bananas for grilling (leave the peel on!)

Here’s the important part for grilling bananas! Well, two things. Here’s what to know:

  • Keep the peel on. You’ll grill the banana in the peel: so don’t peel them! The peel acts as a protective barrier, almost like a pan. It keeps the banana together and makes it easy to flip.
  • Slice lengthwise. Slice the banana in half lengthwise so that it forms two long boat-shaped pieces.

Tips on how to grill bananas

Once you’ve cut your bananas, keeping them in the peel, you’re ready to grill! All you need to know at this point is the grill temperature and approximate timing. Memorize that and then make them on repeat all summer! Here’s what you need to know (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the bananas in half with the peel on. See the notes above.
  • Brush the tops with the maple syrup and spices.
  • Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes, until you get those lovely char marks.
  • Flip and grill cut side up for 4 to 5 minutes. This finishes the cooking.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the bananas out of the peels. Garnish and enjoy!
Grilled bananas

Add toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Top these grilled bananas with vanilla ice cream for a showy, restaurant-style dessert! We also like using chopped pecans to add a satisfying crunch. You can use plain pecans for this. But if you’re looking for big wow factor, here are a few other options:

  • Toasted pecans: Simply heating pecans in a skillet for a few minutes brings out a beautiful nutty flavor. You can taste the difference! Go to How to Toast Pecans.
  • Maple glazed pecans: Even better, glaze your pecans with maple syrup so they have a sweet, crunchy coating. Go to Glazed Pecans.

Toppings for grilled bananas

Topping the grilled bananas is the fun part! While we loved it as specified, here are some more topping ideas:

Grilled bananas

Two more tasty grilled desserts

Love grilled desserts? Us too! Here are two more that you should try after making these grilled bananas:

This grilled bananas recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled bananas

Grilled Bananas a La Mode


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Grilled bananas is a dessert everyone will rave about! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.


Ingredients

  • 4 bananas, ripe but still firm
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • For serving: vanilla ice cream (vegan as necessary), chopped toasted pecans or glazed pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. In a small bowl, stir the maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  3. Leaving the peel on, slice off the stem of the banana peel. Then slice the banana in half lengthwise.
  4. Brush the cut side of the bananas with 1/2 of the maple syrup mixture.
  5. Grill cut side down for 3 to 4 minutes until grill marks appear. Flip and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until softened.
  6. To serve, scoop the bananas out of their peels with a spoon. Stir the maple mixture, then drizzle it over the tops. Serve with ice cream and chopped pecans.

Notes

*Step up the flavors and add 1 tablespoon rum to the mix as well!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled Bananas, How to grill bananas

More banana recipes

There are so many ways to use bananas, from bread to muffins to pancakes! Here are some favorite banana recipes:

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins These healthy muffins are made mostly of oats and bananas, blended together in a blender. A fan fave!
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes Wholesome and so delicious! They’re mostly with oats so they’re filling and full of nutrients.
  • Perfect Banana Smoothie The perfect banana smoothie! It’s got just the right creamy texture and beautifully banana-forward flavor.

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