How To Make Grilled Zucchini Salad

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This grilled zucchini salad is a simple recipe but it looks and tastes amazing! It’s perfect for a BBQ, picnic, or a light dinner. You can also add different types of veggies depending on the season, such as asparagus (grilled), green beans (steamed), or raw vegetables like fennel. To garnish, add toasted pine nuts, almonds, or flowers that you have in your garden. Beautiful!

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Let’s Make Grilled Zucchini Salad!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free

Ingredients (Serves 5 to 8)

  • 5 zucchini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice


Prep Time: 15 minutes.

Cook Time: 30 minutes.

  1. Slice the Zucchini

    Slice zucchini thinly lengthwise.

  2. Grill the Zucchini

    In a pan, grill the zucchini for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they have grill marks.

  3. Finely chop Basil and Mint

    While waiting for the zucchini to grill, finely chop the basil and mint.

  4. Mix the Ingredients

    In a bowl, add the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, zest, pressed garlic clove, chopped herbs, and salt and pepper.

  5. Plate the Food

    Place zucchini in a large plate and pour the dressing over it.

  6. Add and Enjoy

    Add the other vegetables/nuts of your choice and enjoy!

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Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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