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BBQ chargrilled little gems, filled with salad

Did you know that grilled veggies are better for you than fried or baked? When a vegetable is cooked, it tends to lose its nutritional value but with grilling, less nutrients are lost and the heating process can even make some nutrients easier to absorb. Health benefits aside, veggies on the grill gain a delicious, smoky, caramelised flavour. Win-win!


This side dish is delightfully simple to make, super colourful and will complement whatever else you choose to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to double or triple the servings according to the size of your party.  


Recipe serves: 6 

Preparation time: 5 minutes


BBQ chargrilled little gems, filled with salad


3 little gems 

Olive oil  

Soy sauce 

For the filling: 

  • Half a white cabbage 
  • 2 red onions 
  • 2 carrots* 


* Any colour e.g. orange, purple, or yellow. 


Salad dressing: (serves around 10 - 15) 

  • 150 ml olive oil 
  • 30 ml red wine vinegar 
  • 1 tsp mustard 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 
  • Half a lemon (juice and zest) 
  • Pinch of salt 
BBQ chargrilled little gems, filled with salad


  1. Half the little gems and lightly dress them with olive oil and soy sauce. 
  2. Separate the leaves and take out the cores.* 
  3. Place them on the BBQ and take care to not over-grill them. You don’t want them to burn or lose their texture.   
  4. To make your dressing, mix all the ingredients together with a fork or whisk. 
  5. To make the filling, finely slice the white cabbage, red onion and carrots and mix these together with your dressing. 
  6. Now it’s time for the fun part. Take 1 leaf of the little gem and add a tablespoon of your filling. They can be eaten like a taco or rolled up like a wrap. 


*If you can control the temperature of the fire and prevent it from getting too hot, you can smoke the cores as well. These can then be sliced and added to the filling.  

Renaud Goigoux

Renaud Goigoux

Renaud Goigoux is the head chef of Rouhi in Amsterdam, a new restaurant in collaboration with the flagship store: House of Rituals. Renaud, who previously worked in the Amsterdam kitchens of RIJKS® and Breda, has a passion for food, sustainability and health. Seasonality is at the core of his cooking, where the combination and simplicity of the vegetables he uses are the star of the show. In his free time, Renaud likes to get away from the city and get close to nature, where he spends time foraging for the restaurant.