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Happy Labor Day friends! Popping in with a late-summer side dish that’s colorful, delicious, and oh so healthy too. (And proof that roasted vegetables aren’t just for winter anymore.)
I love grilling during the summer (in case you couldn’t tell from this recipe. Or this one. Or this one.) but recently, I had an urge to dig out my roasting pan and fire up the oven for some good ol’ roasted vegetables.
As our first full summer in Colorado is coming to a close, I’m starting to get a feel for the seasons here. This time of year, we get to enjoy hot and sunny days made even more enjoyable because we know cool and breezy evenings are on the way.
It’s a climate that really allows for all types of cooking regardless of season, which, of course, I’m fully taking advantage of.
These roasted summer vegetables are a play off of one of my favorite winter side dishes, these Miso Roasted Root Vegetables. I just love the savory, umami flavors that miso brings to the table and have a hard time not including it in any of my regular batches of roasted veggies.
Add a liberal kick of fresh garlic, and it’s over. True. Love.
Instead of wintry root vegetables, I kept this version nice and summery with all of the best of this season’s offerings: eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. (Mmmm.)
The best thing about roasted vegetables though, is that the possibilities are endless. Clean out the garden (and finish off your CSA box) by using any of your favorite seasonal vegetables in this recipe. My two biggest tips for success: 1) aim for a variety of colors 2) aim for a variety of textures.
(I like to include at least one “hearty” vegetable, like eggplant here, for ultimate satisfaction.)
But really, with a recipe like this, it’s difficult to go wrong.
And if you’re still in full-on summer mode, feel free to wrap the whole thing up in foil and throw it on the grill alongside the rest of your holiday weekend menu.
No matter how you cook it, these flavorful seasonal vegetables are the perfect way to send off summer and welcome in fall!
What are your favorite late summer vegetables for roasting or grilling?