Steak and Veggie Kabobs with Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

by jenna on June 18, 2012

Hope you guys had a great weekend! My weekend was filled with good friends, sunshine (hottest weekend of year so far!), and lots of good food. Vegan black bean soup with spicy pineapple relish? Ashley’s grilled steaks with goat cheese and ancho-chile salsa? Chocolate fondue? Yes, please! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that unintentional matching outfits also happened. But that’s pretty normal.

I realize I’m a little late with this recipe. I mean, steak kabobs? Would have been perfect for Father’s Day….I KNOW.


I’m giving it to you now though—so light up those grills and get back out there! You don’t want to miss this.

Kabobs are such an easy, healthy summer dinner. And this Stubb’s beef marinade is perfect! Just pour it over your meat, marinate for an hour or so, and then alternate chunks of it with summer veggies. Then, grab your flip-flops, sunglasses and a cold glass of wine and sister, you are SET.

Or you could just make the male friend in your life do this part while you paint your toes in the sun. No judgements here.

To go with these yummy kabobs, I threw together an easy Greek yogurt and avocado dipping sauce. Oh man, was it good! I grilled these up for friends on Friday and they were literally eating the sauce with a spoon. Or maybe that was just me. We’ll never know.

This sauce is thick, creamy from all the avocado and yogurt, and slightly on the spicy side. I have a feeling it would go with way more than just steak kabobs! I’m sure raw vegetables dipped in this would also be fab. But why dip vegetables when you have BEEF to dip?

Heh heh heh.

Enjoy these kabobs with Jessica’s bacon bourbon baked beans, some southwestern baked corn and these fudgy mint brownies for dessert. Now that is a meal I want part of.


Steak and Veggie Kabobs with Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

serves 4

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for kabobs—

1.5 lbs sirloin, cut into bite sized chunks

2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces

2 large yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces

1 red onion, cut into 1″ strips

2 zucchini or summer squashes, cut into 1/2″ thick coins

12 oz cremini mushrooms, whole

1 bottle Stubb’s Beef Marinade

2 tbsp canola oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

for sauce—

1 whole avocado (preferably Hass)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp salt (or, to taste)

1 tsp minced garlic

tiny pinch cayenne pepper

8-10 wooden skewers, soaked in cold water for 20 minutes


Place steak cubes in a large mixing bowl. Pour over beef marinade over, toss, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

After the meat has finished marinating, place the veggies in a separate large bowl and drizzle oil over. Add salt and toss well.

Preheat your grill. Place one piece of steak on a soaked skewer followed by a mushroom, a piece of bell pepper, an onion, a zucchini and another piece of meat. Keep at it until your skewer is filled up. Repeat with remaining kabobs.

Spray your grill with cooking spray. Grill kabobs for about six minutes per side, until meat has cooked through and veggies are tender and a little charred.

To make the avocado sauce, place all ingredients in a food process or blender (or just use a hand mixer like I did). Season with additional sea salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Serve sauce with kabobs and enjoy!


~2.5 hours (includes time to let steak marinate)



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Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

Sounds like you had a pretty awesome weekend with plenty of tasty eats! πŸ™‚ We ate entirely too much delicious food this weekend, as well. We visited some local food trucks in Atlanta … and I wanted one of everything! πŸ˜‰


Kathryn June 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

Love the idea of that creamy dipping sauce!


Mary June 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

This looks amazing! I just (I know, I know) learned how to light our grill and I’m now on a huge grilling kick. Not just for hubby’s! This is on the menu for the week. Thanks!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 18, 2012 at 4:53 am

Yum! Don’t worry about being late… there are plenty of hot summer days left for grilling! This sounds delicious! πŸ™‚


Becca June 18, 2012 at 4:59 am

Favorite summer meal! Just a tip you should always put your veg and protein on different skewers. They have different cook times so not everything is done at the same time. That way you don’t over cook your veggies and eat raw meat or vice versa. Looks pretty for pictures though!


Molly @ RDexposed June 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

We make a similar avocado cream sauce but not for kabobs. I like this idea!


Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

Ooooh – these look gorgeous! And that avocado dipping sauce sounds heavenly!!

Yay for summer grilling!


joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Mmmmmm this dipping sauce sounds genius! I’ve been in love with avocado lately!


Liz@The Intrepid French Learner June 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

This is really timely… I was just talking about making some kebabs. I would never have thought of that dipping sauce, but I’m on a huge avocado kick right now. I think I could probably just eat that sauce with a spoon, or drink it…. I think FRENCH FRIES would be delicious dipped in it! (Then again I dip my fries in mayo, tartar sauce, and pretty much anything else.)


Liz@The Intrepid French Learner June 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

Speaking of avocados… have you tried the “slimcado?” I don’t like the idea of it… I imagine it’s some weird genetically-modified food. It’s an avocado with less fat and fewer calories than regular avocados. It has a smoother skin, is more elongated, and when you shake it, you hear liquid and the pit sloshing around inside. I almost bought one just to see what it was all about.


Liz@The Intrepid French Learner June 18, 2012 at 6:40 am

Sorry to hog the comments… I decided to google the so-called slimcado, and it is apparently a regular Florida avocado (AKA alligator pear) renamed as a marketing gimmick.

What do I know about Florida avocados… I’m from Maine.


jenna June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Never heard of it!! Interesting….off to google!


Margarita June 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

I’m late to the kabob world too. Haven’t made one yet since summer started… I guess know the reason why, I don’t own a grill! But that doesn’t ,ean I can’t make it in the oven. Thanks for reminding me that this s a must do!


Heather June 18, 2012 at 6:51 am

i’m pretty sure i’d slather that sauce on just about anything. maybe even chocolate cake. maybe.


Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk June 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

I notice you use Stubb’s a lot…ever since I visited Austin I can’t get enough of the Stubb’s sauces & marinades!


jenna June 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

I’m doing some freelance recipe work for Stubb’s right now—I love them!


Lee, Anytime Health June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

Stubb’s Marinade is one of my favorites! We used the Pork Marinade last night for our pork chops. MmmMmm good! Your yogurt avo dipping sauce looks delicious. I’ve been using Greek yogurt in everything, so this is perfect and healthy!


Cait's Plate June 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

That avocado creamy dip is insane. I would dip just about everything (including my bare finger) right on in there.


Katy June 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

That creamy avocado dip sounds incredible! I cannot wait to try it!


Moni Meals June 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

Sounds like the perfect weekend. This recipe rocks. I love stubs!
Now that Avocado dressing, I could pour that stuff on anything. So fresh and beautiful as well.
Thanks Jenna!


Kat June 18, 2012 at 8:56 am

My best partner in cooking crime just texted me to inform me that you stole our avacado dipping sauce! We have been using that for months now. So great and so versatile. Clearly we need to get a blog and start putting our concoctions out here on the web before they all are “stolen” πŸ™‚


Caroline L. June 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

Mmm… That sauce looks great!


Laura @ She Eats Well June 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

I love the look of that sauce with the greek yogurt base. Looks so good and refreshing!! Also, clearly I need to buy some Stubbs because it seems to be an amazing ingredient!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

These look great!! I love kabobs for summer!


Averie @ Averie Cooks June 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

I am all about sauces and dips and that one sounds so refreshing…perfect for summer!


Rachel Cooks June 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

I did Beef Kabobs today too, a day late and a dollar short. LOL, oh well. Your sauce sounds amazing!


Marissa@ohhhsolovely June 18, 2012 at 10:28 am

that avocado dipping sauce looks incredible…funny, i posted shrimp & veggie kabobs on by blog this morning. i guess it’s that time of year!


DessertForTwo June 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

After drooling over your kebabs on instagram all weekend, I’m so ready for this post! Love Stubb’s! Freakin’ LOVE it. It’s the only barbecue sauce I’ll buy. But…have you been to the Stubb’s bbq joint in Austin? Probably the worst bbq in town. It kinda broke my heart. But no matter, I still buy the sauce and I’ll be checking out this marinade too!


Jamie @ StudioEats June 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I LOVE the idea for this sauce. I bet it would be great on anything!! Thanks πŸ™‚


Cassie (bake your day) June 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I made a very similar avocado dip a couple weeks ago and I could have just eaten it with a spoon. Great idea to use for a dipping sauce for the kabobs!


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles June 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Kabobs are so fabulous! Every time I eat them I realize I have forgotten how much I love them!


Em June 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I need to learn to cook meat! These look delicious! I’m dreaming of all kinds of uses for that tasty sauce!


Julia {The Roasted Root} June 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

This is an awesome recipe for any day of the week! I love grilling out and it’s been super hot where I live too so throwing some meat and veggies on the Q with a nice cold beer is exactly what I want!


Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Those kabobs look aaaaamazing. I keep wanting to make some, but it’s been raining like crazy in Jacksonville every afternoon/evening. It seems whenever I want to grill, the rain just wants to come hang out. Damn Murphy and his law!


Val @ Tips on Healthy Living June 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

OK, that dipping sauce sounds amazing! My mind is running wild with all of the different things you could use it with. I’m definitely thinking Tex-Mex style burgers or carne asada!


DianeG June 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Read this post this morning and am eating (inhaling?) the avocado sauce as I write. It is so, so good. I’m so happy that the avocados we bought over the weekend were perfectly ripe today! Jut threw everything into our Magic Bullet and cut up a few carrots to dip. Now I will be searching the fridge for other veggie victims. πŸ™‚


jenna June 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Awesome!! So glad ya like it πŸ™‚ I wish I had some of that in front of me right now….


Liz @ Southern Charm June 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I want all of that in my belly .. now πŸ™‚


Bakeaholic June 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I love unique dipping sauces like this! How can you go wrong with avocado?


heather June 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Made this tonight for dinner using bison strip steaks. Was awesome, the fam loved! Thank you!


jenna June 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Bison! YUM!


Annie @ What's Annie Making? June 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm

These look delicious! I love making kebabs in the summer. And that dipping sauce looks divine. Making these for sure πŸ™‚


Erika - The Teenage Taste June 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Kabobs are one of my favorite things to grill! These look delicious and that avocado dipping sauce looks amazing as well! Bookmarking!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock June 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I’ve been loving all things Avocada lately. These kabobs sure fit the bill. Yummmmy.
Thanks Jenna!


Sonal June 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

Hehe looks delicious, I had no idea they are called kabobs! We always call them skewers. But that dipping sauce…..Yummm!


Grace (Graceful Eats) June 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Ok, this is the last straw on the camel’s back of “I-crave-steak-I-want-steak-I-NEED-steak”! I’m always a sucker for avocados…this looks amazing, Jenna! May just surprise my dad with some. πŸ˜‰

Good luck on your yoga teacher exam!


B @ Crags and Veggies June 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love kabobs, and those look divine. Love how moist the mushrooms look!


Amanda June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Dude, Jenna, your photography is getting insane. You have such a good eye for lighting and set design.


Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running June 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I love kebabs! I do mine on the BBQ. Perfect for Summer entertaining; they are easy, delicious and look so colourful and fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing that avo dipping sauce… I have bookmarked it and hope to make it Thursday night! Yum.


a bowl full of simple June 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Made these tonight. SO good! I make kebabs lots especially during the summer grilling months, but these are the best! so much flavor! The Avocado Sauce was an added bonus…deeelish!
thank you.


Kim @ The Family Practice June 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love kebabs! These pictures are so mouthwatering, I want to reach into the computer and grab one!


Michelle June 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Mmmmm… lagunitas in the background!


kacia June 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

ummmm I need to make that avocado sauce like yesterday.



Laura June 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

Jenna — that avocado dipping sauce is SO GOOD. We made this last night and loved it, and we plan to make that dipping sauce every week and slather it on EVERYTHING.


amanda June 26, 2012 at 7:22 am

I made everything but the fudge mint brownies and you are right Jenna, it all went great together.

I am not a red meat person, but loved the steak kabobs. the marinade made the steak perfect. The baked beans you recommended were delish and the southwest baked corn was awesome. I will double the corn recipe next time though, liked it so much we needed more for leftovers!

Thanks for such a great dinner suggestion.


JenE June 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

Another home run! My first time using cremini mushrooms (! why?!), first time I ever made kabobs and first time I ever tried Stubb’s marinate. I used tri-tip at my butcher’s suggestion and HOLY COW (no pun intended) these were goooood.


JenE June 30, 2012 at 5:05 am

My first time using cremini mushrooms (! why?!), first time I ever made kabobs and first time I ever tried Stubb’s marinate. I used tri-tip at my butcher’s suggestion and HOLY COW (no pun intended) these were goooood.


Mary Beth Albrechtsen July 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I made these kabobs w/ the avocado dipping sauce for friends and we agreed, they were the best we’d ever had. I couldn’t find the beef marinade but used Stubb’s Spicy BBQ Sauce instead. Yummy!


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