Grilled and Marinated Vegetables with Miso, Lemon & Herbs

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote

Super healthy and versatile: grilled and marinated vegetables are perfect for a cookout side or to have on hand for adding to meals throughout the week.

An overhead shot of a plate of grilled and marinated vegetables on a pale blue plate.
Image shows the "Any Night Grilling" cookbook, facing up on a marble background.
Image shows ingredients  for a marinade: chopped herbs, miso, garlic, chili flakes and olive oil.

One of my top five favourite things to do, ever, is cook outside. I enjoy cooking outside more than riding roller coasters or eating cupcakes. Whether it’s over a live fire at a campsite or just my regular old gas grill in the yard, this activity really thrusts me into the present moment. The fresh air, the faster pace of it all, and it doesn’t hurt that I don’t have to be as meticulously clean ;)

Since it is my favourite cooking method, I’m always looking for new things and new ways to grill. The internet is usually my friend here. Yearly grilling issues from all the staple food publications generally make me feel like I’m not doing it right because I don’t want to serve entire platters of meat all summer. For all the modernizing of cuisine and discussions of “healthy-ish” eating going more mainstream, it always feels like the culture of the grill stays locked in place as a device primarily reserved for meat worship.

When the folks at Food52 offered to send me their brand new book, Any Night Grilling by Paula Disbrowe, I immediately surmised that it would take a more modern approach with a lot more vegetables in the mix. I was right! Both my partner (an omnivore) and I are enjoying this book so much. It is bursting with great ideas that can be swapped and switched with whatever you happen to be grilling up.

There’s a great recipe for grilled cabbage wedges that I’m going to customize with a sambal oelek glaze, green onions, cilantro, and sesame seeds. I love the leading section with a bunch of great drink ideas (tongs in one hand, frosty glass in the other, am I right?) including a grilled pineapple punch! We’re making the crispy grilled sweet potatoes with tiki dressing as soon as possible. With late summer in mind, the smoky ratatouille (with eggplant and onion cooked directly on coals!) sounds basically perfect. This book also has a lot of great tips for working with things like wood smoke, building prescribed heat zones, and ultimately, deciding what type of grill is best for your household.

We’re going to be cooking from this all summer and I can’t wait. I get a tiny bit of flack for sharing non-vegan cookbooks on here sometimes, but I honestly pull the most inspiration from the omnivorous ones. This book is, refreshingly, not a total meat-fest, and has so much inspiration in terms of flavor and technique to apply to whatever you like to eat.

I’m sharing the “Truckload of Grilled and Marinated Vegetables” recipe today with a little personal addition of miso. This recipe caught my eye immediately because of the name, but also because we pretty much eat grilled vegetables every other night these days, and a little spark of inspiration is always good with the things you eat regularly. I made small dices of mine and cooked them in a grill bag (coolest invention ever–find it HERE), but have included the book’s original instructions for cooking right on the grates. Everyone needs a good grilled vegetable technique to satisfy all the people at the party, so I hope you all try this one ;)

An overhead shot of cut vegetables in a white bowl: purple cauliflower, carrots, radishes, and onions.
Image shows a hand holding a mesh grill bag open with vegetables inside.
Image shows a bowl of mixed marinated vegetables: purple cauliflower, onions, carrots, and radishes; all flecked with herbs.

Grilled and Marinated Vegetables with Miso, Lemon & Herbs

Super healthy and versatile: grilled and marinated vegetables are perfect for a cookout side or to have on hand for adding to meals throughout the week.
5 from 1 vote
Grilled & Marinated Vegetables with Miso, Lemon, and Herbs - The First Mess
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6


  • 4 lbs mixed vegetables, such as asparagus, fennel, mushrooms, cauliflower, carrots, radishes & eggplant
  • 1 ¼ cups olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped marjoram or oregano
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • generous pinch of dried chili (I used Aleppo chili flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon light miso (I used chickpea miso)


  • Grill


  • Via Food52 Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) by Paula Disbrowe
  • The only change that I made to this recipe was the addition of some miso. This is a wonderful all-purpose marinade that can accommodate all kinds of flavours.
  • I’ve left Paula’s instructions for cooking directly on the grill here, even though I used a nonstick grill bag (my new favourite thing honestly). On the off chance that you also have a grill bag (link), you’ll need to cook each side for about 10 minutes.
  • From the book’s notes: “For the best results, halve or slice larger vegetables and keep smaller varieties (broccolini, asparagus, baby squash) whole. The more surface area you expose to the grill, the quicker the vegetable will cook and the more flavour you’ll impart. After cooking, you can chop them however you please. Make sure that all vegetables are thoroughly washed and dried–excess moisture will create steam, which inhibits the charring process.”


  • Heat a gas grill to high. Carefully wipe the preheated grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Using a grill brush, scrape the grill grates clean, then carefully wipe with a lightly oiled towel again.
  • Depending on the vegetables you’re using, slice them into rounds, halve them, or leave them whole, and then combine them in a large bowl. Drizzle with ¼ cup of the olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper, and toss to evenly coat. Set aside while the grill heats, tossing occasionally.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, parsley, marjoram, thyme, dijon, lemon zest, garlic, chili, miso, and the remaining cup of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Working in batches if necessary, grill the vegetables in a single layer over direct heat, turning and rotating as needed for even cooking, until charred and slightly tender–2-3 minutes for small, skinny vegetables, 4-5 minutes for larger, denser pieces). Chop or slice the vegetables as desired, transfer to the marinade, and toss gently to combine.
  • Serve the grilled and marinated vegetables immediately, or let the mixture marinate at room temperature for up to 3 hours or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

16/05/2018 (Last Updated 25/10/2022)
Posted in: autumn, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, grill, nut free, quick, refined sugar-free, salad, salty, side dish, smoky, sour, spring, summer, umami, vegan


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Recipe Rating

  • Brenna B

    Best veggie marinade EVER! Nuff said :)

  • Karl

    I have a bottle miso and always wonder what to do with it. And now with super healthy veg to boot. Can’t wait

  • silvia

    That bag is a dream for veggie heads like me!
    Adore miso but most of all I just got your book and is beautiful, truly. I love the layout, the images, your story and of course the recipes. From aesthetic to contents a true jewel!
    Silvia x


    Hi –

    I was so excited to try this I am making them right now, but I don’t see the miso listed in the recipe instructions, I am assuming it is in the marinade/dressing? Thanks!

    • Laura

      Hi Adrienne!
      The miso is whisked into the marinade ingredients in the 4th step. Your assumption was correct! ;)

  • Rebecca

    Those purple cauliflower! I planted a variety of that exact shade this year and these photos have got me so excited to see how they do!

  • Cassie Thuvan Tran

    Oh, nothing beats eating and cooking outside, though I do have to say, eating cupcakes is a pretty close contender. Same with eating a whole dark chocolate bar. Yeah, those are fantastic. But anyways, I REALLY love how beautifully the colors of the vegetables mesh together! There is a great variety of textures, nutrients, and flavors from each vegetable. You can’t really mess up customizing and exchanging the vegetables, either. I would totally love to try grilling eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, and mushrooms in this dish!

  • The Modern Proper

    I absolutely love the summer for grilling! Those grill bags are genius.

  • Ti

    Is that purple cauliflower? It’s so pretty. I loved grilling.

    • Laura

      It is purple cauliflower! Nice little fun change from the usual. Sometimes you can find the bright, sherbet-orange shade of cauliflower too :)

  • Brittany

    My husband and I were just gifted a beaaautiful new grill as a housewarming gift (we’re very spoiled). We absolutely LOVE grilling any time of year. This grill bag is probably going to BLOW his mind. And the recipe is just superbly on point, per usual my dear. Thanks always!


    • Laura

      Have so much fun with your new grill! I honestly think the grill bag is my favourite kitchen thing from this year (so far).

  • Alejandra Graf

    It is really the best invention ever! I’ll have to try it!

  • Branka

    What a wonderful recipe. I have a huge vegetable garden and l pretty much live off of it every summer.
    I do have a question for you since you reside in Canada as do l, how did you get food 52 to ship you the grill bag since they don’t ship to Canada.
    They have several very unique items for sale but when l’ve tried to order anything l don’t see Canada as an option.

    • Laura

      Hi Branka!
      I should have disclosed this in the post, but Food52 did mail me the grill bag as a gift along with the book. Couldn’t hurt to email them and inquire about shipping internationally though. Do you live close to a US border at all? We utilize a US address post office box since we live near the border of Western New York. It’s a great option for some of those USA-only items if you’re in a relevant location.

  • Jessica Caneal

    I get my cooking inspiration from omni recipes as well!

  • Marsha Gibbons

    Where did you get your grill bag? I have to have one!!!

    • Laura

      Just linked to it in the body of the post and the recipe notes!

      • Alana

        How did you get them? Food52 doesn’t ship to Canada. :( Do you know of any Canadian suppliers? These are so practical!

        • Alana

          Ahhh… Just saw your post re: Food52 sending you the bag with the book! I’ll try emailing them.

          Thanks for all your great recipes!

          • Laura

            Williams Sonoma has them on their site too! Not 100% on whether they’ll ship them to Canada either, but worth a shot.

    • amy

      I’ve always used foil in the past when grilling veggies, or just skewered them with the odd chance they’d fall apart. I just bought those grill bags – thanks so much!