When the grill comes out, hamburgers and hot dogs are soon to follow. And while we've got nothing against these summertime classics, they just get a bit old. Rather than turning to the typical options of steak, chicken skewers or bell peppers, we decided to look for something new -- something exciting.
What we found is that just about anything can be thrown on the grill, but there are five fruits and vegetables that we think work particulary well. Avocado, for example, a fruit you may have thought couldn't get any better, gets even richer when grilled. Click through the slideshow below for more unique grilling ideas and recipes.
Something magical happens when you grill avocados. They become even more rich, buttery and smooth. <strong>Get the <a href="http://littleferrarokitchen.com/2012/06/grilled-avocados/" target="_hplink">Grilled Avocado recipe</a> by The Little Ferraro Kitchen</strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.generationyfoodie.com/2012/06/grilled-avocados-with-shrimp-salad.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Avocados with Shrimp Salad recipe</a> by Generation Y Foodie</strong>
If you're familiar with fava beans, you're aware of how you lose a lot of the bean when you have to double peel it. But when you grill these beans, you can eat the whole pod! (So long as they're not too fibrous.) And the more charred they get, the better they taste. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.coconutandquinoa.com/2012/06/24/grilled-fava-beans/" target="_hplink">Grilled Fava Beans recipe</a> by Coconut and Quinoa</strong>
If you're a fan of baked kale chips, just wait till you try this hearty green on the grill. It cooks in a matter of minutes. The leaves become silky smooth, and have a great smoky, charred edge. You can also grill Swiss chard, romaine and raddichio with similar results. <strong>Get the <a href="http://cordonpink.com/2010/03/grilled-kale-caesar/" target="_hplink">Grilled Kale Caesar recipe </a>by Cordon Pink</strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2012/06/grilled-kale-salad-with-ricotta-and-plums.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums recipe</a> by www.TheBittenWord.com</strong>
Once you get a taste of grilled citrus (limes and lemons in particular) you won't want them any other way. Grilled citrus add a new depth of flavor to vinaigrettes, salsas and can even make your cocktails a little bit better. <strong>Get the <a href="http://savorysaltysweet.com/2011/09/30/balsamic-glazed-chicken-and-zucchini-with-grilled-limes/" target="_hplink">Balsamic-Glazed Chicken and Zucchini with Grilled Limes recipe</a> by Savory Salty Sweet</strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://wholesomecook.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/fish-with-grilled-pineapple-capsicum-and-lime-salsa/" target="_hplink">Fish with grilled pineapple, capsicum and lime salsa recipe</a> by Wholesome Cook</strong>
When you grill watermelon you get a great contrast of flavors. The watermelon stays as watery, cool and refreshing on the inside, but it has a new smoky dimension that really highlights its natural sweetness. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sugarlaws.com/honey-glazed-grilled-watermelon" target="_hplink">Honey-Glazed Grilled Watermelon Recipe</a> by Sugar Laws</strong> <strong>Get the <a href="http://thebakeandbrew.com/2012/07/03/dish-1-grilled-watermelon-salad-with-feta-and-mint/" target="_hplink">Grilled Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint recipe</a> by The Bake and Brew</strong>
Warm Romaine Salad with Bacon
Chef John Guinivere prepares Warm Romaine Salad with Bacon