Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella

Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella are layered with grilled, marinated eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers topped with fresh mozzarella.

Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella are layered with grilled, marinated eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers topped with fresh mozzarella.
Grilled Vegetables

This grilled vegetable recipe is DELICIOUS and such a great way to enjoy the summer’s bounty. A few of my other favorite grilled veggie recipes are Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers, Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Vegetables, and Grilled Rainbow Peppers with Cream Cheese.

How If you prefer to grill them indoors, you can also grill the vegetables on a grill pan, then preheat to oven to 350°F, make your vegetable stacks on a baking sheet and melt the cheese in the oven. The vegetables can also be grilled a day ahead and reheated in the oven as well.

Best Vegetables to Grill:

You can grill any vegetable on the grill. Here is a list of some of my favorites:

  • sliced eggplant
  • red onion
  • bell peppers
  • zucchini
  • yellow squash
  • corn
  • brussels sprouts
  • avocado
  • tomatoes
  • romaine lettuce
  • broccolini
  • portobello mushrooms
  • asparagus

If your vegetables are too small, you can put them on a stick to prevent them from falling through the grates like I did with these Grilled Brussels Sprouts. An outdoor grill pan is also a must, perfect for asparagus, cut peppers, onions, or anything that may fall through the grates.

How To Make Grilled Vegetable Towers

Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella are layered with grilled, marinated eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers topped with fresh mozzarella.

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Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella are layered with grilled, marinated eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers topped with fresh mozzarella.
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Grilled Veggie Towers with Mozzarella

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194 Cals 9 Protein 17 Carbs 11 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Marinating Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Grilled Vegetable Towers with Mozzarella are layered with grilled, marinated eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion and bell peppers topped with fresh mozzarella.

Ingredients

  • 1 small eggplant, about 9 oz
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into 6 slices
  • 1 large, 10 oz zucchini
  • 1 large, 10 oz yellow squash
  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese - cut into 1 oz thin slices
  • 4 large basil leaves plus 1 leaf chiffonade for garnish, optional

For the Balsamic Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp kosher coarse salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Wash and cut ends off vegetables. Cut the eggplant and red onion into 6 slices. Cut the zucchini and squash into 1/2-inch thick slices on the bias (diagonally). Cut the red pepper in half and remove innards. Cut in half once again.
  • Place all ingredients of marinade into blender or place them into a container and use emulsion blender until all ingredients are blended until smooth.
  • Combine the vegetables and marinade in a deep bowl or large plastic bag. Allow to sit for at least 1 to 2 hours.
  • When ready to grill, remove vegetables from marinade with tongs and place vegetables directly on grill. Discard excess marinade.
  • Place the red peppers, skins down, on the grill first since they will need the longest cooking time (about 6 minutes on each side, or until the skin is slightly charred.)
  • Grill the additional vegetables 4 to 5 minutes, until browned and soft, remove from grill and set aside.
  • Using a small tin begin to create your tower of vegetables.
  • Begin with the largest vegetable at the bottom. That will most likely be the eggplant, then the onion, red pepper, zucchini, and then the squash. Place a piece of basil in between any of the vegetables.
  • Top the tower with the slice of mozzarella cheese, place back on grill and cover grill so the cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with basil if desired.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1tower, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4.4g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 234mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 5
Keywords: grilled vegetables, grilled veggie recipe, vegetables on the grill

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32 comments

  1. The marinade was awesome.  Made it sans cheese (vegan) served with mash potato and drizzled a tomato sauce over!  Absolutely delicious, thank you for the recipe.  Husband also gave it a thumbs up even though he’s a carnivore ????

  2. Made this yesterday, but with a portobella mushroom as the base, because I am not a fan of eggplant. They were AMAZING. Thanks.

    • ^^That would be good! I love eggplant but for when I can't find them (or they're too pricey… I'll sub in the mushrooms!!

  3. Hi Gina! I really love this recipe. Wanted to let you know that I featured it in my monthly round-up of 25 Deliciously Healthy Low-Carb Recipes. I hope a lot of my readers will come over here and try it!

  4. This was wonderful! I swapped out the squash for portabella mushrooms and baked it in the oven. It it definitely a repeat recipe!!

  5. This is one of the best things I have eaten. Absolutely delicious!!!!

  6. Alright, it’s time for me to get my grill out! I’ve been seeing so many delicious recipes lately including this one!

  7. Hi Gina….looks like another winner!! I am going to have to use my grill pan indoors to make these. So how do I melt the cheese without a grill to cover? Do I use a broiler? Sorry….just don't want to ruin them!

  8. I've never seen something so healthy look so good! Thanks for sharing – definitely making these for my next bbq 🙂

  9. Gina, what do you serve with these?

  10. It is amazing that you can make it look so beautiful and taste delicious.

  11. Yummy! The fresh and melted mozzarella is so tempting. It seems simple yet healthy. Great pictures for Pinterest. 🙂

  12. This makes me want to load up the grandkids and head to the grocery.

  13. I don't understand the sentence "Using a small tin, begin to create your tower of vegetables." A tin what? Are you supposed to create this in a tin can? Then how would you remove it? I'm confused!

  14. Reading the ingredients in the marinade literally made my mouth water!

  15. That marinade sounds amazing 😀 And this all sounds fantastic, an easy way to help you get Your five a day if you ask me! 😀 x

  16. Mmm this looks fabulous!

  17. Gina, I'm loving these towers and the fresh mozzarella melted on top is just perfect! We already have everything to make this and will be trying it tomorrow.

  18. Made this tonight because we had everything in the fridge. It was fantastic! Thanks for coming up with so many fun, delicious vegetarian recipes.

  19. Yum! I love how simple and delicious this is — um, and the cheese, of course. Such a great way to get your veggies. Thank you for sharing!

  20. What a lovely vegetarian recipe. My kids will eat anything with melted cheese! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  21. Mmmm….cool! I like it;) and I ll give it a try)

  22. That recipe sounds so good! Thank you soo much for sharing!

  23. Omg it looks so delicious!

  24. can you use regular balsamic?

  25. Oh these look SO good!

  26. Well, I'm sold at anything that has the word "tower" in it. YUM! These looks so fresh and delicious!

  27. Oh my goodness, I need to make this it looks so amazing!

  28. So many layers of vegetables & cheese!!! Looks great. I'll have to put it on next week's meal plan since I already have this week's made up.