Grilled Goat Cheese Stuffed Zucchini.

These grilled zucchini boats are stuffed with a lemon and fresh basil goat cheese mixture, then topped with brown butter breadcrumbs! They are such a delicious side dish or pair perfectly with a big summer salad! Oh summer food, you’re just so amazing! I can’t get enough of our favorite summer eats right now. We […]

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These grilled zucchini boats are stuffed with a lemon and fresh basil goat cheese mixture, then topped with brown butter breadcrumbs! They are such a delicious side dish or pair perfectly with a big summer salad!

Oh summer food, you’re just so amazing!

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini

I can’t get enough of our favorite summer eats right now. We are in full blown summer relaxation mode at the moment. And because I’m technically taking some time off right now with the baby, I have more time to make delicious summer dishes and we’re really enjoying them. 

Like these grilled zucchini boats!

sliced zucchini with salt and pepper

Late last summer I made bruschetta quinoa stuffed zucchini boats and they are one of our most-made dishes. I just love them – they are so satisfying and full of flavor. 

goat cheese, basil, lemon, garlic

I knew I wanted to make a grilled version because we are obsessed with grilled zucchini. It may share the number one spot with crispy fried zucchini. And I wanted this one to be cheesy and simple, and that’s exactly what we’ve got.

Making vegetables taste this flavorful is my number one secret to getting veggie haters to eat them. I mean, I should know. I was a former veggie hater myself.

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini ready for the grill

Oh boy, let’s talk about this filling.

It is SO delicious.

It’s simple too.

All you have to do is mix goat cheese, lemon, basil and some crushed red pepper flakes. Oh and a pinch of salt and pepper! It’s easy breezy and also tastes amazing – like you may want to eat it right off the spoon.

grilled goat cheese stuffed zucchini

The combination is so summery. The goat cheesy has a slight tang to it, the lemon is bright and tart, the basil is refreshing and the red pepper adds the perfect bite. In fact, these flavors would make an incredible dip. (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Blueberry Salad with Herb Sugared Marcona Almonds.

This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful. This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season! Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like […]

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This grilled chicken blueberry salad is perfect for a summer weeknight meal. Topped with herb candied almonds and drizzled with blueberry vinaigrette that is incredible and so flavorful.

This bowl is the perfect lunch or dinner to take you through the rest of the season!

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Oh hi! Are you loving all these summer foods like I am? I am living for the wonderful seasonal dishes right now and it makes me so happy to have some amazing summer salads on hand.

I obviously have many salads on the site that I adore! But I have to say, in the last two months I’ve been making two chicken salads over and over again – ones that we can’t stop eating.

This is one of them!

perfect grilled chicken

Since my goal in life is to make non-boring chicken dinners, I’m always here for this. And since my other goal is to do anything and everything I can to make salads more delicious, all the different combinations I can find are GOLD! 

Dinner gold, lunch gold, basically any-meal-I-can-get-my-hands-on-gold.

grilled chicken blueberry salad

Right now I’m all about the tomatoes and corn – they are about to peak here any day. We eat a ton of both in the summer, like multiple days a week. So sometimes it’s nice to have dishes – especially salads – that don’t include them. Some different flavors to break up the week, add some variety into the week. 

A salad loaded with blueberries is the perfect example. 

grilled chicken blueberry salad

So much good stuff here!

Grilled chicken, that is perfectly juicy and tender.

Spring greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, tons of avocado. 

Goat cheese! Yes, you could totally do another cheese if you wanted. Feta, cheddar, whatever you’d like.

Herb sugared almonds! Oh yes. These are DIVINE.

And blueberry vinaigrette. It’s dreamy. I want to drink it! Lovely for the season, lasts in the fridge for a few days, flavors everything up. 

pouring blueberry vinaigrette on salad

Also! These almonds are SO freaking good.

I took a note from the almonds in my blueberry summer salad. I sugar the marcona almonds with herbs and these are ridiculously. In the best way possible. (more…)

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Grilled Spatchcock Chicken with Cola BBQ Sauce.

This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill. Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken. This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade […]

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This whole grilled spatchcock chicken is smothered in a homemade spice mixture and cola BBQ sauce. It’s smoky, sweet, savory and juicy! Perfect summer meal straight off the grill.

Oh boy, I can’t even HANDLE how much we loooovvve this grilled chicken.

grilled spatchcock chicken with cola bbq sauce

This smoky, charred chicken is absolutely incredible – and smothered in a homemade cola BBQ sauce that you will be licking off the spoon. It’s absolutely delightful!

homemade cola BBQ sauce

I’ve been craving my root beer BBQ sauce lately and knew I just had to make it. Instead of using it on grilled ribs, I decided to do a whole chicken as it’s one of our absolutely favorite ways to do chicken. 

We LOVE it.

Last year I threw together a really great spatchcock chicken recipe and never ended up sharing it with you. So! I knew I wanted to do another as it’s such a great dish to make for dinner.

A wonderful way to grill chicken – and a change up on the whole beer can chicken method on the grill. 

spatchcock chicken with spices

A spatchcock chicken can seem intimidating at first but I swear it’s SO simple. You’re going to split the whole chicken by removing the backbone and flattening it out. This helps it grill quicker and more evenly than if you just threw the whole chicken on the grates.

If you’ve ever made my smothered chicken and mushrooms recipe, then you know how it’s done!

If you haven’t, get a good pair of kitchen shears and cut out the backbone. It’s not that tricky and once you’ve done it one time, it’s not a big deal. You can make this recipe all the time – and it will seem EASY!  (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches.

We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner! I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you! These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are […]

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We absolutely adore these grilled chicken caesar sandwiches! They are so juicy and flavorful, smoky and simple. The caesar dressing is practically drinkable and they are super easy to throw together. Perfect for a quick summer dinner!

I’ve got a new favorite dinner in the line up for you!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

These grilled chicken caesar sandwiches are one of those meals that look ridiculously simple, and well… they kind of are. But they are SO incredibly flavorful and just taste so GOOD. These are idea for a warm summer evening or even a busy weeknight. Add in a glass of chilled white wine and HELLO it is heaven.

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches ready to go

I’m always looking for easy, delish dinner ideas for weeknights and these cannot be beat. I was inspired to make them after falling in love with my grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches last year – which we freaking LOVE! They are so flavorful and delicious.

I knew we could do something similar with another combo that I adore so much – chicken caesar salad! Just… minus the salad.

But we do have some green leaves sooooo… there’s that. 

greek yogurt caesar dressing

The caesar dressing is my classic fave that I’ve used for years. You’ve read me ramble about it for ages and it’s truly the best. Greek yogurt based with a little bit of everything. Don’t skip the anchovy paste! It really makes it taste like traditional caesar and adds that savory pop. 

You can make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t use the actual dressing as marinade, but instead toss together some olive oil, garlic and dijon for a quick marinade for the chicken. The caesar dressing is just going to be our sauce/topping for the sandwiches. Or our dip! Whatever you want it to be.

marinated grilled chicken

The marinade is so easy and you can let the chicken soak for 30 minutes or even overnight, whatever you have time for. The real kicker is how smoky and wonderful the chicken tastes right off the grill!

grilled chicken caesar sandwiches

I love to use brioche buns here (they are the best) and crispy romaine leaves for the sandwiches. This combo is what really makes up the chicken caesar flavor explosion.

It goes like this:

The brioche buns are buttery and soft. They almost melt in your mouth – and if you grill them? Even better. 

The romaine is so refreshing and crisp and reminds you of that base of a classic caesar salad.

Our chicken is smoky, flavorful and juicy. I like to use thin-sliced chicken breasts, whether you buy them like that or slice them thin yourself, because that’s just what I prefer to bite in to. You know?

And then the caesar dressing finishes it all off. That stuff is drinkable, I swear. (more…)

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan.

This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good! We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm! This […]

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This grilled chicken parmesan is sponsored by ALDI! It’s a fun summer twist on the classic! Marinated balsamic chicken, melty mozzarella, parmesan, fresh basil and tomato sauce come together to create the most delicious dinner. So ridiculously good!

We’re taking our summer eats to a whole new level today and grilling our chicken parm!

grilled chicken parmesan

This classic fave is a dream when you grill it – the chicken is full of smoky flavor and super juicy, then it’s covered in melty cheese. And served with saucy sauce! And sprinkled with fresh basil and parmesan. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this.

I wish I would have started grilling my chicken parmesan a decade ago!

sliced tomatoes and mozzarella

I’m so excited to be partnering with ALDI again to bring you this amazing warm weather recipe. Just in time for the sunshine to hit. It’s a great way to kick off the grilling season with one heck of a delicious meal too. ALDI has the best selection of seasonal food and super high-quality meats at an affordable price. Perfect for grilling season. When I’m planning out our weekly menus, their chicken and steak is always on my list.

As is the produce. You can’t beat the quality. 

marinating chicken in balsamic

Let’s make it! 

To start, I marinate the ALDI Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts in a balsamic mixture that is wonderful. I use their Specially Selected Olive Oil, Priano Balsamic Vinegar and Stonemill Dried Basil, along with some minced garlic, salt and pepper. It’s such a classic, simple marinade but really adds a ton of flavor to the chicken. You want to marinate it for at least 30 minutes or so – but I’ve even marinated it overnight too. And it’s a game-changer.

grilling the chicken parmesan

ALDI also has the most vibrant, fresh produce right now and I.am.here.for.it. Their tomatoes are incredible. I grabbed a bunch of the Campari tomatoes on the vine and sliced them up – perfectly juicy! While I don’t always add fresh tomatoes to chicken parm I may bake in the oven, adding it to this grilled version is the best way to elevate this meal. It gives it an even fresher take on the traditional dish and really adds something special. 

chicken with tomatoes and cheese off the grill

The other great thing?

We also have a variety of cheeses for this recipe! That’s what I love so much about this dish – while I love to use the Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella, you can also grab some of the Happy Farms Mozzarella Shredded Cheese or even the Happy Farms Deli Sliced Mozzarella! Whatever makes it easier on the grill for you! That’s what it’s all about here: we want the most flavorful chicken, tomatoes and cheese because they are the stars of the show. Topping it off with the fresh basil is just the icing on the cake.

grilled chicken parmesan

Grilling season always makes me so happy because I don’t have to turn on the oven in the warmer months! This recipe is no exception. You can make the entire thing on the grill. The only thing I do in the kitchen is warm up some of my sauce. That’s the last component to our recipe! I love to serve this on a light blanket of sauce, or with warm sauce for spooning over. I use the Simply Nature Organic Tomato Basil Sauce, and just heat it on the stovetop for a few minutes so it pairs perfectly with the chicken.

Top everything off with some freshly grated Emporium Selection Parmesan Cheese! And it’s DONE. 

grilled chicken parmesan

I mean, look at this plate!  (more…)

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Layered Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad.

This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible. I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad! This pasta salad makes me so happy! It […]

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This grilled chicken caprese pasta salad is a summer dream! Layer your salad or toss it together, drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve! Marinated grilled chicken, juicy tomatoes, rich mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s incredible.

I’m getting all the summer vibes from this chicken caprese pasta salad!

grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

This pasta salad makes me so happy! It can be the side dish at your BBQ, even a main or dish dish for dinner tonight. It could even be lunch! You can prep it ahead of time or make it 30 minutes before serving. It really can’t be beat.

layered grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

Um, okay, who else is getting Friends trifle vibes from the photos of this layered pasta salad? Ha!

I can assure you that this is nothing like Rachel’s layered shepherd’s pie and cake trifle recipe. Promise. 

I do love the idea of a layered pasta salad though! You can layer it all up, it looks fun and pretty to serve, then just toss it right before serving. Or let others toss it as they serve themselves. Absolutely perfect. 

Whatever you want to do!

grilled chicken

I’ve been making regular old caprese pasta salads for years. I’ve always shared them on instagram, but never here because they are just so simple. When I decided to do some balsamic chicken, I KNEW it was a recipe I needed to share in time for summer. This is perfect for Memorial Day weekend or even dinner tonight. It’s one of those versatile dishes that is just so delicious.

You can also make is ahead of time!

chopped grilled chicken

First up, the easiest balsamic chicken.

I like to marinate and grill the chicken. You can even do this a few days ahead – or use leftover grilled chicken too. It’s so simple. Whether you’re planning ahead of time or flying by the seat of your pants, you can get the chicken made quickly.

tomatoes and fresh basil

The rest is fairly easy – think your favorite caprese, but in pasta salad form! 

So we have fresh mozzarella. I like to use the fresh mozzarella balls (especially if they are marinated!) but you can also buy a log of it and chop it up. 

Then grape or cherry tomatoes. You know these will only get better as the season goes on.

Lots of fresh basil. 

pasta and fresh basil with dressing

And then your favorite pasta! I always get questions about this squiggly one I use. It’s the spirali from delallo and definitely my favorite for pasta salads.

pouring dressing on grilled chicken caprese pasta salad

For the dressing, I love to use a version of a balsamic vinaigrette. Mostly because everything can hang out and marinate in it overnight and it’s still absolutely fantastic. 

Of course, it’s also a classic dressing for caprese and one that just can’t go wrong. The flavors mesh well together and everything gets a chance to shine. (more…)

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Flaming Hot Cheetos Hot Dogs. Um, Hello!

These flaming hot cheetos dogs are a fun, indulgent spin on a grilled hot dog! Cotija cheese and crushed flaming hot cheetos take these to the next level – especially if you’re looking for a crazy treat over memorial day weekend or for summer cookout.  Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, I […]

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These flaming hot cheetos dogs are a fun, indulgent spin on a grilled hot dog! Cotija cheese and crushed flaming hot cheetos take these to the next level – especially if you’re looking for a crazy treat over memorial day weekend or for summer cookout. 

Just in time for the unofficial start of summer, I present to you: the most trashed up, delicious hot dog of life.

flaming hot cheetos hot dogs

I’ve wanted to make a flaming hot cheetos hot dog for a year now. I just didn’t know what route to go. When I google it, what comes up are versions of flaming hot cheetos corn dogs. Which frankly sound incredible at nearly nine months pregnant but also sound like way too much work. Especially as we head into no-cook season with high temperatures and cooling foods. 

grilled hot dogs with mayo drizzle

I’m no stranger to a trashed up hot dog – remember the hot dog bar I shared a few years ago?! There are some wild and wacky flavors in there that we experimented with. And ultimately found the best ones we loved!

Except we didn’t do a flaming hot cheetos dog. And last year, I figured that 2020 was such a trainwreck that WHY NOT make flaming hot cheetos street corn (I first had it on a book tour for The Pretty Dish) and go with it.

So I did. And even though I’m not a huge flaming hot cheetos person, I suddenly became a huge flaming hot cheetos grilled corn person.

flaming hot cheetos

Seriously, it is SO good. While I would not be someone to snack on flaming hot cheetos alone, something happens when they are crumbled up and added to your favorite food. I mean, something other than turning your entire mouth bright red and doing who knows what to your insides.

But STILL!

It’s worth it for a fun little indulgent treat.

flaming hot cheetos hot dogs

These hot dogs went through a few rounds of testing because I couldn’t figure out how to nail the flaming hot cheetos in the perfect way. After trying to reinvent the wheel over and over, I realized that basing them off the grilled corn may actually be perfect.

And it turns out it is. (more…)

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Smoky Sweet Cedar Plank Salmon with Sesame Asparagus.

This cedar plank salmon is grilled with the most wonderful smoky sweet flavor! Pair with sesame asparagus on the side for the best meal ever. This cedar plank salmon is easily our new favorite dinner! Oh.my.word.  This might just be the best salmon recipe I’ve ever made. And, well, I cook salmon quite a bit […]

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This cedar plank salmon is grilled with the most wonderful smoky sweet flavor! Pair with sesame asparagus on the side for the best meal ever.

This cedar plank salmon is easily our new favorite dinner!

smoky cedar plank salmon with sesame asparagus

Oh.my.word. 

This might just be the best salmon recipe I’ve ever made. And, well, I cook salmon quite a bit in this house. But this one… there are barely words!

Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll find at least 500 of them. At least. 

fresh salmon on cedar planks

We’re grilling the salmon on cedar planks which is something I love to do.

You can find the cedar planks pretty easily these days – I know that my local grocery store carries them, as do a few other stores around us. You can totally order them on amazon too though, which is what I often do. I like to get a six pack so I have them on hand. This is such an easy and delicious meal that you won’t regret having a few on hand when you want something simple!

soaking the cedar planks

The only caveat to the cedar planks is that you want to soak them for a bit before grilling, so that can take some time. Especially if you haven’t prepared for it. I soak them for about 30 to 60 minutes and find that it works well. You definitely HAVE to soak it so the plank does not catch on fire on the grill. I’ve heard of some people soaking them overnight, but I find that 30 to 60 minutes does the trick.

It works every time! 

grilled sesame asparagus

For the salmon, I love to brush it with a layer of dijon mustard (such a mustard freak, I could eat it off a spoon) and then combine it with my favorite bbq-ish smoky spice mix. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you’ve probably seen me use this combo for over a decade. I like to mix smoked paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar for a smoky/sweet combo. And of course, add in some salt and pepper. 

This is easily my favorite spice mix and I find it works on an array of meats and seafood. Can’t be beat! 

smoky cedar plank salmon

So we have the tangy mustard, the smoky sweet spices and then the cedar plank. TALK ABOUT FLAVOR.

Seriously, you cannot go wrong here. There is so much delicious flavor that works together. The salmon comes out flakey and buttery and wonderful. The spices on top kind of melt into the salmon and create somewhat of a soft crust. The flavor is wild! 

I top it off with some fresh chives and serve this salmon a million ways. It’s great as the main dish or on a salad. It’s great to prep ahead of time because it tastes so good. I love it warm or cold. I will say, when it’s warm right off the grill? It practically melts in your mouth.

Incredible.

grilled sesame asparagus

One of my favorite things to serve it with is this grilled sesame asparagus. It’s no secret how much I love grilled asparagus. It might be my favorite grilled vegetable. 

A bit of toasted sesame oil, salt, pepper and garlic go a long way here. Once you grill those spears until charred and toasty, sprinkle them with sesame seeds. They barely make it to my plate! I love this side dish so so much that I can’t ever get enough. It’s one we make often and one that everyone loves.  (more…)

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Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Avocado Salsa.

These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go. Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today! Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is […]

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These grilled chili lime chicken tacos are loaded with smoky, charred flavor! They’re also topped with a grilled pineapple avocado salsa that is incredible. Throw on some cotija cheese, pickled onions and you’re good to go.

Chili lime chicken tacos are the star of the show today!

grilled chili lime chicken tacos with pineapple salsa

Orrrrr maybe, the grilled pineapple avocado salsa is the star of the show. Make a bowl of that and pass the chips please!

It’s incredible.

grilled chicken, pineapple and tortillas

Actually, the real star of this show is Tajin! I love using Tajin seasoning for just about anything – all my meats, roasted vegetables and even the rim of a margarita (when I can drink them, haha). Today, the chicken marinates in Tajin and tastes like heaven. 

If you haven’t tried Tajin before, it’s not overly spicy. I don’t love a ton of heat and I find it to be more like chili powder mixed with fresh lime. The lime flavor is so fantastic here!

If you can’t find Tajin or would prefer something else, I’ve also found chili lime seasoning at Target and Trader Joe’s before too. If neither of those options work either, you can make your own! I suggest combining chili powder, a bit of salt and pepper, garlic powder and fresh lime zest. It will taste fantastic. 

chopped grilled chili lime chicken

After the chicken takes a little Tajin soak, I grill it for even more smoky, charred flavor. It’s divine!

At the same time, I grill some pineapple spears too. If you’ve been around this blog long enough you probably remember back in 2009 when I had an obsession with fruit salsa. I mean, I still do have an obsession with fruit salsa! I’ve probably made just about every version of fruit salsa there is. Almost. 

grilled pineapple avocado salsa

In this case, I wanted to do a smoky grilled pineapple, which in turn would caramelize ever so slightly and that would bring out the sweetness. Combine that with some creamy avocado and spicy jalapeño. And a few classics like red onion and cilantro and lime.

Oh my WORD.

You will love this salsa so much. Seriously considering just eating it with a spoon and calling it a salad. I mean, that would work, right?  (more…)

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Grilled Asparagus Caesar.

I’m here to tell you that you need this grilled asparagus caesar salad in your life! I swear. It’s not just any old asparagus. Oh my gosh. This… is so delicious. So much tastier than it even looks. Truly!  This is the best thing I’ve eaten off the grill in a long time. And if […]

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I’m here to tell you that you need this grilled asparagus caesar salad in your life!

grilled asparagus caesar with sourdough croutons

I swear. It’s not just any old asparagus.

Oh my gosh. This… is so delicious. So much tastier than it even looks. Truly! 

asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper

This is the best thing I’ve eaten off the grill in a long time. And if you follow my week in the life posts, then you know we grill all year long! I still usually grill at least one dinner a week and we grill on the weekends too, even when it’s cold and snowy. 

So it’s not like we’ve been without the grill!

But there is something about this asparagus. Maybe because it’s the first REAL taste of spring and summer off of the grill? 

grilled bread and asparagus

The recipe could not be more simple! Perfect for your easter or spring brunch.

It’s my yogurt caesar dressing – I know I just rambled on about it when I shared our go-to kale caesar.

Asparagus spears that are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper then thrown on the grill. In a pinch you really could roast these but they just won’t have that smoky, charred flavor.

There’s lots of parmesan.

I like to use both shaved parmesan and then a finely grated parmesan to really hit all the spots. 

And sourdough croutons! I like to grill the sourdough slices too, then chop or tear them into pieces. Of course, you could do breadcrumbs like I do in the kale salad. But having bigger croutons here makes the whole dish a little more substantial since there aren’t any greens.

homemade caesar dressing

The secret is seasoning everything as you go. Seasoning the asparagus, the bread, the dressing. It’s key!

asparagus right off the grill

Oh! And let me tell you about my asparagus caesar hack. Last week I grilled the asparagus and the bread. And then I drizzle the caesar on a slice of the bread, topped it with multiple asparagus spears and parmesan. Kind of like an asparagus caesar toast!

It was perfect too.

grilled asparagus caesar with sourdough croutons

Really, it’s all of the flavors here that come together and make you crave warmer weather. Charred, smoky vegetables, creamy dressing, crunchy, golden sourdough. Nutty and savory parmesan.

Everything is super simple, but really delicious when combined. I love a recipe like that. (more…)

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