Welcome to barbeque season! Have you fired up the grill yet? I’ve been collecting some easy barbecue recipes to have on hand for July and August because we’re renovating our kitchen at the end of July. I’m doing a happy dance for the Future Kitchen, but I’ll be mourning the loss of Current Kitchen for several weeks. How’s a food blogger gonna get by? Well, I have a plan, my friends. Rather than abandoning the blog for 5-6 weeks, I’ve been setting aside recipes in advance that I can post during the renovation. I’m also setting aside recipes for late September/October while I’m soaking up time with our new baby. So, if things seem a bit quieter around here lately, that’s because I’ve been working hard sneaking away recipes for the upcoming months (you might see sneak peeks on Instagram though). I’m hoping this will help make these upcoming transitions a bit smoother!
Oh, and if any of you have any suggestions for “kitchen-free” or barbeque meals to make during a kitchen renovation, I welcome them with open arms. I have a feeling the spiralizer and Vitamix are going to get lots of use. We don’t own a microwave, but I’m wondering if I should invest in a hot plate to have on hand. Of course, lots of barbeque action will be going down too. This was a great one to kick off the season.
Vegan Green Goddess Dressing with Grilled Veggie Kabobs
about 3/4 cup dressing
This recipe is adapted from my first attempt at a vegan Green Goddess dressing a few years ago. The former version was quite different from the original Goddess Dressing recipe, so this time I wanted to make something a bit more similar to the original using the same herbs (tarragon and chives) and a bit of egg-free mayo for an authentic flavour. I also added in some fresh avocado to give it a lovely creamy texture while giving it a boost of healthy fats. You can use this tangy and fresh dressing so many ways, but we especially love it spooned over grilled veggie kabobs. It's also lovely on a wrap, as a dip, or on a veggie burger.
FOR THE DRESSING:
- 1 small garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
- 4 tablespoons fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons egg-free mayo (I use soy-free Veganaise)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/3 cup avocado flesh (1/2 a small avocado)
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, or to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE KABOBS:
- Bell peppers
- Red onion
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- For the dressing: Mince the garlic in a food processor. Now add in the tarragon and chives and process until minced. Finally, add in the rest of the ingredients and process until the dressing is smooth (or just about). Adjust seasonings to taste if desired. Dressing can be used immediately or stored in the fridge (in a sealed container) for 3-4 days.
- For the kabobs: Preheat the BBQ over medium-low heat. Chop vegetables into desired sizes and place on vegetable skewers. Brush oil on veggies to coat all sides and season with salt and pepper. Grill the kabobs for around 15 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes. We grilled for the first 10 minutes on the top rack and then moved them to the bottom rack for the last 3-5 minutes.
- Serve kabobs immediately with a drizzle of dressing on top.
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Looks delicious as always! Love the baby bump in the background:-)
Yet another recipe has now been added to my must-try-list!
Also… having followed you for years I thought I’d just let you know that there seem to be some problems with Bloglovin. I don’t know how many of your readers are affected by this (maybe it’s just me!) but all your wonderful pregnancy posts are lost in cyberspace. I only get info on your food-related posts… but then again, that only makes me check OSG even more often :P
I don’t know if you can do anything about it, but here’s a heads-up at least.
Loads of hugs,
/Kristina from Sweden.
Oh, how exciting!
We’re in the process of renovating our house at the moment, and judging by the time it is taking to do just the laundry, I’m dreading how long it will take to do the kitchen!
Whenever we’re out of action in the kitchen, the BBQ always gets a good workout, and we also have a handy camp stove that gets brought out at times like those too.
Great idea to squirrel away recipes.
OMG!!! I’d surely be happy to volunteer grilling those pretty kabobs you prepared. Thank you for sharing this!
I made this sauce last night for our kebobs and I am pretty sure my boyfriend would have licked the bowl if I wasn’t there watching! So yummy and fresh! Thanks:)
I’ve done the kitchen reno with wee ones underfoot. My advice is try to keep the sink in until the last possible minute (my husband cut the counter to remove all but the sink and minimize the time without). The bathtub worked good for washing up with an extra plastic tub for washing and a drying rack alongside to let them drip. Good deep squat work:) He also pulled out the stove and returned it every night until the time for flooring came. We made it! And we could eat REAL food the whole time.
Sounds delicious! I especially love the sound of that sauce and am immediately thinking of other things I can pair it with! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
I love all the colors on the kebobs! beautiful!
Hi! Love your recipes and doll
Hi! Love your recipes and follow you regularly. Thought I should let you know that ads for milk come up on your site. Kind of out of place for a vegan website and not sure if it’s something you want there. Just thought is let you know in case you hadn’t noticed.
Thanks for all of the great content! :)
OMG- your photos just get more and more stunning. Whatever you’re doing, it’s fabulous and constantly an inspiration. (and maybe a photography tips post – or e-book! – is in your future as the kitchen slows down?) <3
Love the baby bump in the pics!!!!
We just got an electric pressure cooker because our house gets way too hot in the summer and we can’t use the oven or we will melt. It is fantastic. SO. FAST. I highly recommend it! Cooks beans from dry to done in 35 minutes.
Loving the baby bump!
YUMMY! Made this tonight for diner and it was amazing! My hubby, 4 year old and 2 year old all loved it. I don’t have a grill so I baked the skewers at 450 for 40ish minutes and served with basmati rice. Will be making again soon, thanks so much!
These look sooo yummm! You made me miss tarragon! :) My grandma used to grow it and put it in my favorite food, so it has nice childhood memories.. :)
This is my favorite herb but I cannot get any fresh where I am at the moment :/ I’m wondering if it’s easy to grow from seeds.
Eat the rainbow! This looks absolutely delicious and the perfect summer dish. I can’t wait to try it out.
I have to say….this was divine! From a meat-eater who is now eating vegetarian several times a week now and transitioning us slowly over to the veggie lifestyle…..this is fantastic! Who needs garbage when you can eat like this !?!? :)
Totally unrelated to this post … [maybe you should have a Cookbook Comments forum??]
CONGRATULATIONS … I just served your cookbook brownies to my dad–world’s biggest brownie connoisseur and toughest critic. He LOVED them. He was surprised and impressed that they were vegan and gluten-free. He is recently lactose-intolerant (after a lifetime of overindulging in ice cream and buttery baked goods :-) ) so these butter-free brownies were perfect for him! Thank you! (Happy Fathers Day, Eric!)
Thank you for your website! I am new to being a vegan.
First, I need help! I’m having a hard time with dairy and meat flavoring in soups and meals… Do you know of any easy, home, flavorful alternatives?
Second, do you have any pointers on grilled foods? I loveto grill int he summer and this post is wonderful!
I really appriciate it!
This looks delicious!!! I’ll definitely make this recipe some time next week. :D
Hi Angela! I’m loving all of your summer recipe additions:). I had a question regarding your chickpea salad. I was wondering if you would think it would work to roast the chickpeas before? I realize they wouldn’t mash up as well, but I wanted to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
Having a crockpot and a rice maker has helped me through a kitchen renovation and two babies.
I am spook excited to make this. Thank you so much for this dressing recipe.
I am so excited to make this. Thank you for this dressing recipe.
These Kabobs were a HUGE hit for Fathers Day dinner :) The dressing made the meal complete. It was unbelievable! Thanks for sharing!
Holey Guacamole! Those look delicious! you really outdid yourself with these yummy goodnesses!Also, my name is Tayler, and I am running for PETAs Cutest Vegan Alive! This would be a great opportunity for me, and I would love if you could check out my quick bio and check out what I do for animals, other people, and the environment! I would be so grateful to anyone and everyone who could help me out and allow me to win this contest so that I could portray vegans in the media and show how delicious vegan food is (I am a huge cook) and how one can affect the world!
Cute necklace, and I love Green Goddess dressing, so thanks for the recipe!
Hi! This sounds so delicious that my husband are going to make it tonight!
I am allergic to avocados though (such a shame b/c so many vegan recipes include avocado:( ) Could you recommend any suggestions that are nut free and could replace the avocado’s creaminess?
I just happened to make a dressing almost exactly like this with a bunch of leftover herbs in my fridge and it tasted fabulous! The differences were I used cilantro and basil rather than tarragon and tahini instead of mayo. I also added a tablespoon of nooch, making it more like a pesto… I may have also thrown in a couple of raw mushrooms in a moment of pure inspired chefdom hehe!
Mmmmmm!!!! Made this last night and it was so good. We turned it into a meal by grilling some pitas, adding some tofu quickly sauteed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and then loading on the veggies and sauce. It was like an amazing vegan donair.
Perfect goddess dressing recipe! Best wishes with your new kitchen I will be posting a no cook bean and arugula salad recipe on my blog.
I know I’m a bit late on this, but my suggestion is a toaster oven! You can do anything in it, and then it can slide right into your new kitchen. I don’t have or need a microwave, but we can do ANYTHING with a good toaster oven – from warming up leftovers to baking small batches of cookies!
Not one to use dressings of any kind on my food, however, tried this one, and ‘WOW’ Thank you for another winner!
BIG fan of your website and your recipes make a weekly appearance in our house :)
Question – I currently live in Oman and they haven’t brought vegan mayo over here yet… Do you know of any good substitutes or do you have a recipe for a vegan mayo? I was wondering if i used a dollop of your cashew sour cream (used in your lentil-walnut taco recipe). Think that would work? I always get disappointed when I see vegan mayo because it means i wont be able to try the recipe!
Thanks so much and hope the pregnancy is going well!
There is a recipe for it in my cookbook – super easy to make! It has soy in it though so not sure if that’s an issue with you. Otherwise, I don’t know of any alternatives. Hope this helps!
So many wonderful recipes with avocado! Sadly, I am very allergic to avocados and wonder if anyone can suggest some substitutes.
These were great and easy. The dressing was the best part. We don’t have a grill so we made them in a grill pan. Still pretty good.
The dressing was a good addition to grilled veggies
My family used an electrical wok during kitchen renovation. Could be a solution if you are still looking for one.
I tried this on veggie kabobs and then again as a salad dressing and it was DELICIOUS! I’ve been looking for a homemade dressing where I can control the ingredients and this is now a favorite, for sure! Thank you so much!
Completely non food question here… where’d you get your turquoise necklace??? LOVE.
I tried this on veggie kabobs for dinner tonight and it was absolutely incredible! This will now be my go to dressing for the summer (and winter if i grill), and I love that I have control over every single thing that goes into it. Kudos!
These right here were amazing! I started trying to get my grilling in before the summer ends and this has been on my list forever. I finally got around to them and they did not dissapoint!
That’s great to hear, Cory!
The Goddess dressing is amazing..can’t get enough of it…thank you!!!!!!