Grilled Zucchini

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On weekends during the summer my family does a lot of grilling.  Anything and everything you can imagine is fair game, from jalapeno poppers to crab cakes, to more traditional things like kebabs, chicken wings, and corn on the cob.  Next week we have some pretty tasty plans for grilled stuffed mushrooms and I’m dying to see how they turn out.  But so far this summer, this zucchini has been my favorite thing to come off the grill.

This platter has one grilled zucchini and one yellow squash, along with one roasted red pepper and some fresh yogurt cheese balls (labneh) in olive oil.  I like to scatter a few fresh herbs on top for munching and because it’s pretty…I used mint here, but basil, parsley, chives, or any herbs you like will work. 

This platter will feed four as an appetizer, or two as a meal along with some crusty bread.

It’s more of a method than a recipe, really…

For every 1 medium summer squash (such as zucchini or yellow squash), you’ll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large clove garlic, grated

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pinch black pepper

Thinly slice the summer squash, toss together all ingredients, then grill on both sides until tender.  Serve warm or room temperature.

To roast red pepper, wash and dry it, then cut it in half and remove the seeds.  Place it (cut side facing down) on a cutting board and flatten it slightly with your hands.  Place it on the grill (skin side down) or under the broiler (skin side up) and char it (it takes about 10 to 12 minutes under the broiler; do not use oil!).  As soon as the pepper is charred, put it in a bowl, cover it, and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Peel off the pepper’s skin and serve (don’t run it under water, as this will remove the pepper’s smoky flavor).

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  1. says

    I fully agree with you Faith when you mentioned “It’s more of a method than a recipe” grilling and getting perfect result is more about following the procedure than the recipe.

    • admin says

      Sheila, If you’ve had grilled zucchini, then you’ve had grilled squash! :) Summer squash, that is…I’ve never tried grilling winter squash (such as pumpkin, acorn, butternut, etc.) but that sounds delicious too!

  2. says

    That sounds delicious. Simple. I love the fresh yogurt cheese balls. I’ll have to grill up some zucchini soon. i’ve always done lemon juice and rosemary, but garlic sound perfect.

  3. says

    Summer squash is one of my favorite vegetables, and I love throwing veggies on the grill. Something about that high heat makes them taste all the sweeter. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you had a great start to your week. Much love!

  4. says

    I know this may sound odd, but simple grilled or roasted zucchini is one of my favorite things ever. It’s so ordinary, so plain… But I just adore that flavor and texture! Your photos have me drooling over here.

  5. says

    I went on a summer squash grilling binge a few summers ago and then completely forgot about it. Thank you so much for reminding me! Your way is much better, as I just sliced them and threw them on the grill plain. I love how it brings out their sweetness and adds a smoky flavor. mmm

  6. says

    Definitely take advantage of the summer grilling months. Grilled zucchinis are one of my favorites. Yours look perfectly grilled. Great tip about never running the red pepper under water.

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