Instead of meat kebabs, concentrate on some veggies

  • This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in May 2018 shows grilled vegetable kebabs with grilled lemon dressing in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the “The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

When it comes to grilled kebabs, vegetables are often an afterthought, typically used as a filler on meat-heavy skewers. But this treatment often leads to mushy, burnt vegetables with no flavor of their own. We created a recipe that would put the vegetables front and center.

Grilled Vegetable Kebabs

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Servings: 4

Start to finish: 40 minutes

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

1 garlic clove, minced

Salt and pepper

6 portobello mushroom caps (4 to 5 inches in diameter), quartered

2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise and sliced 3/4 inch thick

2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

2 lemons, quartered

Whisk oil, mustard, rosemary, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in large bowl. Transfer half of dressing to separate bowl and set aside for serving. Toss mushrooms, zucchini, and bell peppers with remaining dressing, then thread in alternating order onto eight 12-inch metal skewers.

— For a charcoal grill: Open bottom vent completely. Light large chimney starter half filled with charcoal briquettes (3 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over grill. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent completely. Heat grill until hot, about 5 minutes.

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— For a gas grill: Turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Turn all burners to medium.

Clean and oil cooking grate. Place kebabs and lemons on grill. Cook (covered if using gas), turning as needed, until vegetables are tender and well browned, 16 to 18 minutes. Transfer kebabs and lemons to serving platter. Juice 2 lemon quarters into reserved dressing and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over kebabs and serve with remaining lemons.