Easy Italian Grilled Skewers with Vegan Option


These grilled skewers have a hearty summer twist with potatoes. Paired with fresh zucchini, your meat or non-meat (see below) of choice, and a convenient dairy-free and gluten-free Italian dressing, this meal can be on the table in minutes.

Easy Italian Grilled Skewers - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

The recipe and image, as is, were shared with us by the Wisconsin Potato Board, but the versatility of these grilled skewers is unsurpassed. Here are a few free-from notes and options:

Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free Grilled Skewers

Though this recipe may appear completely allergen-free, mystery ingredients can linger in the dressing and meat. For a solid Italian dressing or vinaigrette without any funny business, I recommend Annie’s Naturals. They offer several intriguing options, including their Tuscany Italian and Lite Italian – both labeled gluten-free and vegan, and made without any dairy, soy, egg, nut, or tree nut ingredients. We also like the Whole Foods 365 brand, which has many affordable options that seem to mimic the Annie’s line.

As for the meat, sausage or turkey kielbasa (a leaner option) can contain gluten and/or dairy fillers. Read the label carefully; brands such as Applegate Farms and Trader Joe’s are quite forthcoming with easy-to-read, all-natural ingredients. Or you can go a completely different route with meat-free grilled skewers…

Vegan / Vegetarian Grilled Skewers

Who says grilling is only for meat? Follow the recommendations above for finding some dairy-free and vegan salad dressings, and opt for either vegan Italian sausages (soy-based or artisan wheat) or my preference, all veggies. Eggplant chunks or whole mushrooms are a great fill-in and will keep the grilled skewers filling and meal-worthy.

Easy Italian Grilled Skewers
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 small red Wisconsin potatoes, cut in half
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut in thick slices (to match potato width)
  • ½ smoked sausage rope, vegan sausage, or more summer vegetables (see post above for more ideas), cut in thick slices
  • 4 12-inch skewers
  • ½ cup dairy-free Italian dressing (we like Annie's
  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Place a soaked skewer through potato, zucchini and sausage. Repeat with three additional soaked skewers.
  3. Place the skewers in a dish, and coat with the Italian dressing; allow to marinate for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the skewers on your preheated grill and cook 5 minutes each side, or until potatoes are done.
  5. Remove from grill and serve.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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