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Summer Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Mint

Zucchini is the perfect summer vegetable to throw on the bar-b-que and enjoy with your favorite grilled meats, fish or burgers!  This Summer Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Mint has an amazingly flavorful and simple topping that elevates the smoky sweet zucchini to become a guest-worthy side dish.

Vegetables don’t need to be boring but their preparation need not be complicated or time-consuming either!  Why not throw the veggies on the grill along with the rest of the meal and avoid the heating up the kitchen?!  

While I have made a similar recipe before, the directions had you drizzle the cooked zucchini with oil and vinegar.  But they just pooled in the serving dish and the flavors didn’t meld together.  By adding the oil and vinegar into the feta and mint, it sticks together and you actually taste the flavors instead of leaving them on the plate.  

Grilling is the preferred summertime cooking method because it keeps the heat where you want it- outside.  Simplify your life and meals by putting everything on the bar-b-que.  This recipe is the perfect way to use up herbs before they bite the dust.  That’s exactly what I was doing- salvaging my mint so I didn’t feel guilty about tossing it in the trash!  Basil would also be tasty in this recipe so you can use what you have available.

Zucchini is naturally low in calories and 1 medium squash contains

  • over 50% of your daily needs for Vitamin C
  • ~15% of your needs for potassium and B-6

During the summer, it is remarkably low in price, making it a budget friendly vegetable too!  While spiralizing your zucchini is trendy and delicious, grilling adds a smoky flavor that contrasts its mildly sweet taste.  However, if you don’t have access to a grill, this feta mint topping would be great over zucchini noodles!

Enough talk…

 

Summer Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Mint

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ pounds zucchini, ends trimmed

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

¼ tsp granulated garlic

3oz feta cheese, divided

2 tbsp mint, chopped and divided

½ tbsp olive oil

½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

Spray olive oil (Like a Misto)

 

DIRECTIONS

Slice zucchini lengthwise into about ¼-½ inch slices- thick enough to hold up on the grill.  Spray strips of zucchini with olive oil cooking spray (I use a Misto). Mix salt, pepper and garlic powder in small bowl and then sprinkle both sides of the zucchini. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.

In the same small bowl, mix 2oz of feta cheese, 1 tbsp chopped mint, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Once zucchini is done, plate and sprinkle the feta and mint topping over it. Garnish with the additional 1oz of crumbled feta and 1 tablespoon of chopped mint.  Serve warm and enjoy!

SERVINGS: 4

 

SERVING IDEAS

  • The perfect side dish for grilled burgers, salmon or chicken
  • Place zucchini with feta topping on a bed arugula or other salad greens and serve with additional EVOO and balsamic vinegar or this Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Top your favorite whole grain (quinoa, farro, brown rice, barley, etc.) with the grilled zucchini with feta and mint

Jazz up your summer squash- this recipe will be a hit on your dinner table!

 

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