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6 Less-Expected Foods You Should Be Grilling, According to Top Chefs

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Show your cucumber’s versatility by throwing some on the grill next to your steaks or whole fish. Slice a couple of cucumbers ½-in thick, toss them in some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and grill them over those hot coals.

They cook quickly and make a great side vegetable garnished with fresh herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, and mint. The smokiness and caramelization are a welcome update to this summer staple.


Halve an avocado and grill it flesh side down in its skin. The hit of smoke amplifies its flavor and the heat, its creaminess.

Afterward, let it return to room temp, scoop it out, and use it as a side to grilled meat or seafood. It’s also delicious enough to be the star of its own dish with a salad mixed with a light vinaigrette.

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