Your Guide to Seasoning Vegetables

If you think vegetables are boring, think again. Whether you’re grilling or roasting, steaming or sautéing, you can add bold flavors to any vegetable dish just by preparing a quick seasoning mix. These easy flavor combinations will have you dressing up your veggies in no time.

Grilled and roasted vegetables

Toss vegetables with any of these flavor combinations before grilling or roasting.

Chile-Garlic & Soy:Before grilling or roasting, toss the vegetables with 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (or canola oil), 1 tablespoon each chile-garlic sauce and reduced-sodium soy sauce and 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper.

Chili-Lime:Before grilling or roasting, toss the vegetables with 4 teaspoons canola oil, 3/4 teaspoon each chili powder and ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon salt. After grilling or roasting, toss with 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice to taste.

Garlic-Thyme: Before grilling or roasting, toss the vegetables with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried), 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper. After grilling or roasting, toss with 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds, if desired.

Maple Butter: Before grilling or roasting, toss the vegetables with 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Spicy Orange: Before grilling or roasting, toss the vegetables with 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, the zest of 1 orange, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper.

Steamed vegetables

Steam vegetables as usual, then toss or top them with any of these flavor combinations before serving.

Bacon-Horseradish: Finely chop 4 strips crisp-cooked bacon; combine with 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. 

Fresh Tomato & Shallot: Combine 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 minced shallot, 1 tablespoon each extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper. 

Lemon-Dill: Whisk 4 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, 1 tablespoon each minced shallot, extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice, 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper.

Sautéed vegetables

Cook vegetables in a skillet with any of these flavor combinations.

Caper & Parsley: Combine 1/3 cup chopped shallot, 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, 3 tablespoons rinsed capers, 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper.

Mustard-Scallion: Combine 1/4 cup sliced scallions, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper.

Sesame-Orange: Combine 3 tablespoons orange juice, 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds.

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