With summer here, it’s time to whip out those bathing suits, drink that lemonade (or listen to it), and fire up that grill. BBQs are arguably one of the best parts of summer but the usual hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn-on-the-cob gets old real quick.
So it’s time people. Time to break out of that BBQ rut and grill up things that will have people wondering if you’re out of your mind. Time to be adventurous. Time to act like that chef you’ve always wanted to be but were too scared to try.
Below is a list of foods that are never the usual options at your family BBQ, but taste absolutely delicious when they are grilled.
I promise you, this will be your new favorite dessert. Grilled peaches taste amazing on yogurt, with ice cream, or with cheese. Try it on top of toast with ricotta cheese and granola.
You’ve seen avocados in many places – on top of toast, in trendy Instagrams, even in the form of roses. But grilled? It’s a gift from the avocado heavens. Try this recipe of grilled avocado with quinoa and black bean salad.
You may be scared to do anything drastic to your beloved ‘za, but trust me, this is worth it. Learn how to make it here.
4. Haloumi Cheese
5. Romaine Lettuce
Yup, you read that right. You can grill lettuce. It tastes much better than salad too. Sprinkle it with some cheese and you’ve got a match that even an online dating site couldn’t put together.
These are no longer reserved for that sushi dinner. Grill it up. Make extra for later. And dip it in Thai peanut sauce. Enjoy your trip to flavor town.
Adding a smoky flavor to the sour citrus one in lemons is like adding ice cream on top of apple pie. Yes, it’s really that good. Grill some up and squeeze them over this chicken with shallots.
Beyoncé was wrong: you don’t only have to drink your watermelon. You can also grill it. Then toss it with feta and mint.
9. Pound Cake
Guess what? You can grill your cake and eat it too. Try this recipe with Nutella and strawberries.
Gwen Stefani wasn’t kidding when she spelled it out for us in Hollaback Gurl. Try it in this banana s’mores boat. It’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
11. Brie Cheese
12. Pita Bread
This will elevate Mediterranean food to a whole other level. Stick some whole pitas on the grill, then slice ’em up and dip ’em in homemade hummus.
Yes, this is a thing. Go ahead and try this recipe at your next BBQ.