Summer’s Here! – 51 of the Best Paleo Grilled Recipes
Post by Lucha: World traveler, culinary student and Media Director at Paleo Flourish Magazine. Lucha will try most food but prefers Indian, Thai and Mexican food above all else. She is currently either cooking, eating, grocery shopping, or browsing recipes on Pinterest.
I’m not sure what it is about grilled food that makes it taste so great.
In culinary school we learned about the Maillard reaction, the browning effect that happens to toast, coffee, and food on the grill. But I think there’s more too it than that.
Maybe it’s the association with laughter, good friends, and fun in the sun.
No matter the explanation; the fact is that summer is here so it’s time to throw on some coals and get grilling! Here are some great Paleo grilled recipes to enjoy this summer!
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The marinade on these grilled pork chops is quite simple – just mustard and a dash of salt and pepper. The secret though is in the awesome basil-apricot relish. I’m not quite sure why basil goes so well with summer fruits but I’m also dying to see what flavor dimension comes from adding a bit of ground cardamom to the mix as well… it should be a winner at the next barbecue! (Photo credit: Karen from The Paleo Periodical.)
It always drives me nuts to see those pre-fab shish kebabs in the deli section of my neighborhood’s fancy super market. I completely understand if you’re a busy parent or businessperson and it’s the convenient option, but kebabs are one of those things that are actually really fun to make, especially with the kiddies who can get creative and have some fun helping with the food prep. These ones are pretty simple, with a yummy and spicy Indian marinade plus sweet pineapple chunks to balance it out. Start there and if you have anything else to add – or a veggie that the kids aren’t reluctant to eat – go for it! (Photo credit: Amy of My Heart Beets.)
While I don’t usually cook with lobster at home, there is always that perfect special occasion (or simply celebrating the start of summer!). And nothing says fancy pants like a grilled lobster in your salad! Leave it to Sonia, the Healthy Foodie, to make a star Paleo grilled recipe like this one. The dressing is relatively simple and slightly Asian-flavored with ginger and lime. Also, Sonia includes nutrition facts at the bottom for people who like to know. (Photo credit: Sonia, aka The Healthy Foodie.)
With spicy and sweet flavors, as well as ginger, lime, and chili, this grilled chicken is sounding like an amazing East-West fusion dish! If you can’t wait for your order freeze dried strawberries to arrive (and don’t have any on hand) for the sauce, Candace (who guest blogged this recipe on Stupid Easy Paleo) recommends apple juice as an easy substitute. The rest of the required ingredients shouldn’t be hard to come by. The sauce serves as a dynamic and creative marinade for this grilled chicken, and is also Whole 30 appropriate. Awesome! (Photo credit: Candace from Beyoutifully Delicious.)
Here’s a beautiful(and tasty!) grilled side dish that will go great with any other barbecued meats or mains! AndreAnna notes how well the smoky flavors go with fresh-picked herbs from her garden, and I couldn’t agree more. This recipe isn’t at all complicated, as long as you’ve already got the grill fired up. One thing not to forget though is to save some of the rosemary-garlic butter in case you want a bit extra on top after you’ve grilled these delicious sweet potato slices. (Photo credit: AndreAnna from her old blog, Life As a Plate. She now writes for Simply Gluten Free.)
Here’s a vegetarian-friendly side salad that will show you just how much you’ve been missing out on grilled fruits! The sweetness of summer stone fruits like peaches mixed with the charred smokiness that grilling provides makes for a magical combination. The buttery avocado gets the grilling treatment as well in this fantastic Mexican/ceviche-inspired side salad! (Photo credit: Angela from Seasonal and Savory.)
Easy, fast and intensely flavorful. What more could you ask from a delicious, grilled, game-day eat? It even has bacon! These red pepper poppers are spicy, meaty, and wrapped in mouth-watering bacon, the single ingredient that always makes everything better. While there aren’t too many ingredients here, the steps can take coordination – you should probably pre-cook your chicken and pre-grill your peppers before combining everything. Andrea easily lays out the steps though so just follow along and check out tips and notes to make these poppers. (Photo credit: Andrea from Pencils and Pancakes.)
This delicious Middle Eastern grilled chicken treat can be your next starter, main, or just a perfect snack! It’s marinated in a beautiful spice mix and served best with zucchini hummus (the recipe for that hummus is also linked in the description).
This one is another great vegetarian side dish for the grill. These portabello mushroom caps are coated in an amazing marinade of thyme, lemon zest and oregano. I might add some more herbs from the garden if I want to get creative. If you don’t have a grill to fire up, there is a link in the recipe to buy some handy aluminum foil grilling trays that can be used in a standard oven.
Here’s a great vegetarian Paleo grilled recipe that is easy enough to manage on the stove if you have a small grilling pan. These make a great side dish or hors d’oeuvre at a party. Note that the inclusion of dairy makes this one suitable for those eating Primal but if you aren’t strictly Paleo, then it’s hard to go wrong with herb and garlic goat cheese!
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