Easy Italian Grilled Skewers with Vegan Option


These easy 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 with vegan optionThe recipe and image, as is, were shared with us by the Wisconsin Potato Board, but the versatility of these grilled skewers is unsurpassed. Below 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. It’s 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 …

For Vegan and Vegetarian Grilled Skewers

Follow the recommendations above for finding some dairy-free and vegan salad dressings, and opt for either vegan soy-based Italian sausages, vegan artisan wheat-based Italian sausages, or my preference, all veggies. Eggplant chunks or whole mushrooms are a great substitute for a plant-based main.

Easy Italian Grilled Skewers - Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free with vegan option

Special Diet Notes: Easy Italian Grilled Skewers

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, and optionally paleo-friendly.

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This simple recipe is perfect for outdoor grilling in summer or earl fall, when zucchini is bountiful.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 small red potatoes or new 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
  • ½ cup dairy-free Italian dressing (see the post above for suggestions)
  1. Preheat your grill and soak 4 12-inch skewers.
  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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