Easiest Marinated Grilled Veggies

By Ann Fulton

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Equal parts of 3 basic ingredients create a flavorful marinade that can be used in so many ways. So easy you can memorize it!


These colorful grilled veggies are a regular here. Alongside the classic grilled steak, barbecued chicken, pork or seafood, they are truly the only side you need…and as easy as they are flavorful and satisfying!


And guess what? There’s no need to print a recipe.

You can commit this marinade to memory-and then use it in a variety of ways.

The only thing needed is equal parts of 3 basic ingredients:

  • lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • soy sauce*
  • olive oil

*I use low-sodium soy sauce; tamari or a soy sauce labeled “gluten-free” work equally well if needed.

I steep the vegetables in what we have long called “a third–a third–a third marinade” (or ⅓–⅓–⅓ if you prefer!) for as little as 20 to 30 minutes or as long as a few hours.

Either way, the flavor shines through. Any vegetable fit for grilling will work.

We often include:

  • zucchini and summer squash
  • bell peppers
  • onions
  • eggplant
  • portobello mushrooms (my personal favorite!)

Often times, I make another batch for chicken, which I marinate up to all day.

Only 3 ingredients needed for the tastiest and easiest grilled chicken marinade ever. Use it on veggies, salmon and steak too!

Try the easy marinade with your favorite vegetables and proteins. For the original recipe and a few extra suggestions as to what can be done with the incredibly versatile marinade, simply glance at this post.


If you happen to have leftovers, they sure taste great in this Grilled Pesto Veggiewich recipe! ⇩

Grilled Pesto Veggiewich




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  2. Mary Lou Keller

    Made these last night and so very very GOOD! I made the grilled pesto veggiwich sandwiches for us. My husband raved over it!

    I think I am getting my cooking mojo back, slowly but surely Ann.. thank you!!

    Mary Lou

    1. Ann

      I love it, Mary Lou–that you made and enjoyed the recipe, but mostly that you are getting your mojo back! 🙂