Grilled Artichokes, Healthy Style

grilled artichokes

There’s nothing like grilling veggies on a summer afternoon! Without the need to worry about cooking temps or raw meats, just focusing on getting a nice char and those mouth-watering grill marks is so relaxing. While I love sitting down with a fresh grilled artichoke at the farmer’s market this was my first time attempting the chokes myself. After reading a few different instructions left me confused and intimidated, I thought I’d break it down easier over here. As long as you follow a few small but necessary steps, you’ll be biting down on delicious leaves in no time.

HOW TO GRILL ARTICHOKES

  1. Wash & trim. Break off the artichoke’s smaller outside leaves, then trim the stalk (leaving about an inch) and cut the very top off. Using kitchen shears, trim the prickley, pokey tips from all of the leaves.
  2. Get steamy. Place artichokes in a large steamer insert over simmering water and steam until tender, about 25 to 35 minutes.
  3. Cool & cut. Allow the artichokes to cool, and then cut in half or quarters. (I like halves best!).
  4. Grill! This is where a buttery mixture would typically come in, but to keep the dish lighter just brush a bit of olive oil and a squirt of lemon juice on the chokes before placing on the heated grill. Leave on until heated through and desired char marks are achieved, around 5-10 minutes.
  5. Season. After removing from the grill season with salt and pepper, another small drizzle of olive oil and a squirt of lemon.

But what are grilled artichokes without some kind of decadent dip?! We whipped up this lemony yogurt dip on the spot as an alternative to dipping straight into melted butter.

grilled veggie dinner

Lemon Yogurt Dip
1 cup greek yogurt
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt, pepper, cayenne, and any additional herbs of choice

In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne and herbs of choice.

Happy grilling!

 

4 Responses to Grilled Artichokes, Healthy Style

  1. Oh, these look really, really good! I love how you have the yogurt dip too! Such a great idea!

  2. Tashiana says:

    Yummy! A couple of days ago I was super, super craving some artichokes…like super! And I had no idea why. My huge local supermarket (which sells everything) – decided that they actually didn’t sell fresh artichokes…I was gutted. I resorted to buying a pre-packaged box of artichokes marinated in oil and herbs. It was very yummy and made a fab pizza topper but I am still craving them…so this post comes at just the right time!
    And I also totally agree! There is something so light weight, carefree and breezy about cooking vegetables…natural simplicity and anticipation for the charred yumminess sizzling away! Veggies always make a great summer dinner.
    Tash x

  3. How have I lived in San Diego for nearly 5 years and am just finding your blog now!? I have A LOT of catching up to do. I’m obsessed! And I’m so jealous that you live up in the Cardiff/Leucadia area (I’m assuming). I will make the move up that way one day…

    Love the blog, your photos, errrrrything.

  4. This all looks so delicious! I love artichoke. When I lived in South Carolina we ate them literally every day so now when ever I have them I’m reminded of the beautiful state :)

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