Grilled Vegetable Packets


Grilled Vegetable Packets

USDA Mixing Bowl
Remember to bring vegetables for your next grilling party. These tasty, colorful packets will round out your menu and cleanup is a snap! Have packets prepared beforehand so they’re ready to go when you start your picnic.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish, Veggie Side-Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 130 kcal


  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow squash
  • 4 small red potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat Italian salad dressing
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat grill to medium heat or 350 degrees.
  • Wash and slice all vegetables.
  • Toss in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss until all vegetables are coated.
  • Tear 2 large square pieces of aluminum foil and place half of the vegetable mixture on each piece.
  • Place an equal piece of foil over the top of the vegetable mixture and fold bottom piece with top sheet to form a packet.
  • Place on heated grill for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. If you don't have a grill, bake packets in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
  • Before you open the packets, poke holes in the foil with a fork, allowing steam to escape.
  • Carefully open packets and empty onto serving plate or serve from foil packets.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Summer squash has a thin skin and is easily damaged, so handle with care. Store unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  • Choose squash that is firm and without damaged skin. Avoid those that look shriveled.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • After mixing vegetables, make individual portion-size packets so serving is easy.
  • Any combination of vegetables can be used. Try adding mushrooms, green beans, cauliflower or broccoli.
  • Instead of salad dressing, add a drizzle of olive oil with fresh or dried herbs. Add a clove of crushed garlic.
  • If you can only find a bag of red potatoes, use the rest to make oven “fries.” Cut into chunks, toss with vegetable oil and add a little Italian seasoning. Roast in the oven at 450 degrees for about a half hour, stirring halfway through.
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