Grilled Vegetable Spread for #LaborDay #SundaySupper

by Renee on September 2, 2012

Grilled Vegetable Spread

Happy Labor Day weekend! It sure is nice to have an extra day to relax or do whatever. Some folks consider it the end of summer but I am hanging on until it is officially over. No one is going to cut my summer short. I’ll be in shorts and flip flops until it is too cold to wear them any longer. Anyway, it is a big weekend for grilling, cookouts, and picnics. I made a great appetizer of grilled vegetable spread just for the occasion.

I do love to grill. Something about the flavor from grilling really does it for me. The smell of something cooking on the grill gets me hungry every time – even if I just ate. I have had it happen lots of times when my neighbors grill. All I want to do is stay outside and take in deep breaths. Then I go in and chow on something. It also ignites a craving that is not satisfied until I get to eat what I smelled cooking, steaks especially.

Grilled vegetables are so good. They only take a few minutes to cook. I usually throw them on the grill when the meat is resting. Then it is all done at the same time. For the grilled vegetable spread, you will grill them ahead and then let them cool completely. You also need to make this spread a day in advance because it is better the next day. So first comes the veggies:

Grilled Vegetables

After the vegetables cool it is a quick process and you are done. The recipe is adapted from one by Alton Brown on the Food Network website. I grilled the vegetables instead of roasting. The smokey flavor from the grill takes it to another delicious level.

How about more Labor Day recipes? The Sunday Supper team has lots to share. We have everything you need from cocktails to desserts:

Starters & Snacks

Main Dishes

Salads & Sides



Wine Pairings

  • Labor Day Cookout Food And Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ

So many wonderful recipes to try! Every week I am inspired and amazed by my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers. It is a true highlight of my week to see what each one of them brings to our virtual table.

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and this week it is all about Labor Day food and fun. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. We love to pin recipes and photos so be sure to follow our #SundaySupper Pinterest board too.

How do you spend your Labor Day holiday? Do you relax and kick back or take the day to get some things done? I like to take it easy, grill a good meal, and enjoy it with a nice wine. Sharing it with family and friends makes it even more special. May your holiday be filled with fun, food, family, friends, and more!

Grilled Vegetable Spread

Grilled Vegetable Spread

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small yellow squash
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • olive oil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Sliced bread or crackers for serving

Heat the grill to medium (about 400 degrees F).

Remove the loose skins from the garlic cloves (you do not have to peel) and place them on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle garlic with olive oil and seal with the foil. Place the foil packet on the grill, close the grill lid, and grill for 10 minutes.

While the garlic is grilling, slice the zucchini, squash, and onion into 1/4 to 1/3-inch slices (rings for the onion). Seed the bell pepper and cut into quarters. Drizzle all the vegetables with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place the vegetables on the grill and grill about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the vegetables and garlic packet to a bowl or dish and cover with foil. Let vegetables cool completely.

Take the garlic out of the foil packet and squeeze out the softened clove. Discard the foil and garlic skins.

Place the vegetables, garlic, and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Process until well combined and spreadable. Do not process until completely smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

Transfer the mixture to a container and seal. Refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serve with crackers, crostini, or sliced fresh bread. Also can be used as a sandwich spread.

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veronica gantley September 2, 2012 at 5:40 am

What a great idea to use up some of those veggies in the garden. I like everyone else will be grilling this weekend. Thanks for sharing with us.


Cindys Recipes September 2, 2012 at 7:46 am

I make veggie cream cheese a lot but never tried grilled veggies! Thanks Renee!


Pam @ The Meltaways September 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

I couldn’t think of a more perfect dip! We are total dip lovers and I see me making this sooner than later!


Laura @ Family Spice September 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

Sounds like a great dip and super healthy, too!


Liz September 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

Oh, gosh…your grilled veggies sound amazing! And then to turn them into a delicious dip? Love that! Happy #SundaySupper, Renee…and enjoy your Labor Day, too~


Faye Leong September 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

Simple yet healthy idea of spread! Thanks for sharing with us.


Elisabeth September 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it at home!


Heather @girlichef September 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

I love dips and spreads of any sort…I’m always hanging around with my bread or crackers…enjoying the goodness. And this one sounds amazing…the beautiful roast-y taste of the veggies – I can just imagine. YUM!


Amy Kim September 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

I agree, grilling adds another layer of flavor! I love your super easy recipes and this one sounds great. Thanks for sharing!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal September 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

Sounds delicious. I love grilled veggies!!


Jen @ Juanita's Cocina September 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

Oh yum!!! I can eat dip every single day. Yours is gorgeous!


Wendy (TheWeekend Gourmet) September 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

I love these veggies…and I’m a sucker for cream cheese! I sometimes have to get sneaky when it comes to veggies and my husband, so this is right up my alley!


CJ at Food Stories September 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

I’m with you, Renee … It’s practically summer all year long in SoCal, anyway … Your dip looks amazing :-)


Jennie @themessybakerblog September 2, 2012 at 11:19 am

I’ve been craving this dip ever since you gave us a sneaky peek on FB. I can’t wait to make this, and it will totally be on my tailgating menu this season. Pinned! Happy #SundaySupper, my friend.


Anne P @ Webicurean September 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

This looks great! I’m always looking for new dips/spreads to serve at dinner parties–definitely going to try this one!


Beate September 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I also love summer, but I think it is a bit shorter in Portland :). Delicious and it will be easy to swap the cream cheese with vegan cream cheese. It looks so good!!!


Patti September 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Oh I can just imagine this on a toasted bagel! Yummm!


diabeticFoodie September 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Love this idea. And I’ve been known to wear flip-flops and fleece at the same time :)


Tara Noland September 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh, like the toasted bagel idea too!! The dip looks great!!


Melanie September 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I grill veggies all the time and never thought to do this– definitely a must try!


Karen Hartzell September 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Oh super yum! Sign me up! Plus this way no one will see my sad grill mark skillz on my veggies! LOL


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen September 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

This is perfect for all those veggie leftovers! So easy and perfect to be able to enjoy the cookout!


Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) September 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I can totally see this becoming a favorite in our house! Sounds so good!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love grilled veggies, and you have a great assortment of them here. What a fun idea to put them in a spread!


Baker Street September 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Labor day or no labor day! I could eat this every single day! What a fabulous spread, Renee! :)


Sheila Fretz September 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I can’t wait to make this recipe at my next cocktail party!!!


Chris Baccus September 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

This looks so good and easy. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to pair it wiht some sourdough bread from our local Farmers’ Market.


sunithi September 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm

OOh love this ! Would make a mean dip :) Cant wait to try this ! Would taste great with homemade pita chips !


Family Foodie September 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I love dips for entertaining and this one is a keeper. Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper!


Laura Hunter September 3, 2012 at 7:39 am

A dip that is actually healthy! Love it! Must try this next time I have guests over.


Crazy Kwistin September 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

Yum, this looks so good :) :) I think the kids might eat this too. Love it Renee!


Carla September 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I don’t grill enough, especially vegetables, so I definitely want to try this! I have the bell pepper but not the squash or zucchini. Hmm looks like I’ll be going shopping ;)


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen September 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I am always on the lookout for dips and spreads for football game days. It is just great to have them so people can nibble all day. I can’t wait to try this one. If I had a bell pepper I would be making it right now!


Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) September 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I love veggies…mine were grilled this week too. This is a nice alternative to hummus, and definitely a lower calorie option – I’d probably use reduced fat cream cheese too!

Jamie @


redkathy September 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Oh my this sounds amazing! i’m a huge fan of grilled veggies and agree grilling adds another level of flavor.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday Renee!


Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie September 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

Yum! What a great idea for a dip! My only fear is that I won’t be able to resist the grilled vegetables as they make their way from grill to blender. :)


amy @ fearless homemaker September 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Ooh, this looks wonderful. I’d love this on slices of homemade baguette or some homemade crackers. YUM!


Sarah September 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

I use to have a huge crush on Alton Brown. shhhh. Don’t tell my fiance that. Love grilled veggies and love even more that you made it into a spread that can used in so many applications. Thanks Renee!


Marie @ Substance of Living September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Thanks for sharing this easy and healthy spread. I can see this for my stuffed mushrooms or on a sandwich. MMMMM!


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