active time: 1 1/4 hr
total time: 1 3/4 hr
The beauty of this recipe is that each type of vegetable is cooked on its own skewer for even grilling. The tangy vinaigrette brings out the natural sweetness in the fresh summer vegetables
1/2 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (preferably white)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup olive oil
1 lb small zucchini, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 lb cherry tomatoes
1 lb baby eggplant (about 4 inches long), cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices
10 oz cremini mushrooms, trimmed
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 large red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
18 (12-inch) metal or wooden skewers (soaked in warm water 30 minutes if wooden)
Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients in a glass measure until combined.
Skewer and grill vegetables:
Toss zucchini in a large bowl with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper. Repeat with remaining vegetables, working with 1 type at a time and keeping each batch separate. Thread vegetables onto skewers (thread zucchini and eggplant horizontally through slices so cut sides will lie flat on grill; leave about 3/4 inch between tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions), using 3 skewers per type of vegetable and not mixing vegetables on any skewer.
Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).
Grill kebabs in 2 batches on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using gas grill, turning over once, until vegetables are tender (vegetables, except tomatoes, should be lightly browned; tomatoes should be blistered and shriveled), 6 to 10 minutes (timing will vary among vegetables).
Transfer skewers as cooked to a platter and, if desired, remove vegetables from skewers. Drizzle with some of vinaigrette and serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.
Cooks' notes: · Vegetables can be threaded onto skewers 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
· If you aren't able to grill outdoors, you can broil vegetable skewers in 2 batches on oiled rack of a broiler pan 4 to 6 inches from preheated broiler, turning over once, until golden, about 6 minutes per batch.