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Grilled Zucchini with Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce and Feta Cheese 1

Mike and I decided years ago that we just aren’t campers.

Actually, it was after our first camping trip that we sort-of had an inkling that it just wasn’t our cup of tea, but after our second trip we outright swore off camping altogether.

(It’s not the bugs, or the snakes, or even the uncomfortable bedding that gets me. What kills it for me is the fact that I can never just get clean, lol. Dirty feet and sticky fingers are the stuff my nightmares are made of.)

Grilled Zucchini with Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce and Feta Cheese Components

Glamping though? That I’m all for.

A couple years ago, we glamped in the Adirondacks in this beautiful vintage-meets-shabby-chic-style cottage right on a lake, and this lovely little zucchini dish was on the menu. Thinking back on that trip reminded me of it and how delicious it is.

It’s an easy summer side because the zucchini just gets tossed on the grill with whatever meat you happen to be grilling up. The tomato sauce is bursting with the flavors of garlic, oregano, and black olives, and it literally cooks up in five minutes on the stovetop. It’s an incredibly easy way to class up zucchini.

Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce and Feta Cheese

Olives are the secret ingredient here. They are always in my kitchen, but olives are something I don’t think of actually cooking with often enough…I’d like to start! California Ripe Olives are a great choice; they’re packaged at their peak to preserve nutrients, and they contain vitamin E, iron, vitamin A, and fiber. Plus, they’re versatile; use black olives as a pizza topping, sprinkle them onto salads, and toss them in your favorite pasta. Olives are a good source of healthy fat, and are considered an essential part of the Mediterranean diet. For more nutrition details, here is the California Ripe Olives nutrition label…

California Ripe Olives Nutrition

What’s your favorite way to add olives to your cooking?

Grilled Zucchini with Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce and Feta Cheese 2

Grilled Zucchini with Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce and Feta Cheese
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Yield: 4 servings
This five-minute tomato sauce is bursting with the flavors of garlic, oregano, and black olives, and is the perfect way to dress up simple grilled zucchini.
Grilled Zucchini:
  • 2 medium-large zucchini (about 1¼ lbs/570 g), ends trimmed off and sliced lengthwise into ¼-inch thick planks
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
Quick Tomato-Olive Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with about ¼ of the juices drained off
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano or 1½ teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup California Black Ripe Olives, drained and halved
  • 2 oz (60 g) crumbled feta cheese
  1. For the zucchini, lightly brush each plank with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Grill briefly until golden grill marks form and it starts to soften, being careful not to overcook or it will get mushy.
  2. For the sauce, add the olive oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, then add the tomato, oregano, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Bring up to a boil, then cook until thickened, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off the heat and stir in the olives.
  3. Transfer the zucchini to a serving platter, top with the tomato sauce, sprinkle on the feta, and serve.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Hi Faith, how wonderful is this recipe! I’m quite excited to use this method with my insane crop of zucchini. We are focusing on eating what’s at hand and it’s always amazing how prolific and giving the squash plants are. I think the tomato-olive sauce is perfect, and feta just ties everything into a perfect bundle. Much love, this will be made.

  2. A delicious combo and great idea.



  3. Yeah, I’m not big on camping either but I suspect glamping I could totally do. Just enough outdoorsy-ness…but you get to shower and sleep in a bed. :P

    I’ll definitely be trying this as a quick weeknight meal!

  4. I am loving all of the great zucchini recipes right now! So many zucchini, so little time! :o)

  5. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily says:

    I was seriously craving zucchini for dinner tonight but didn’t know what to make w it. Will be having this tomorrow for dinner! Thanks!!

  6. I love grilled zucchini and that tomato sauce looks so tasty. I’m not into camping either.. glamping sounds much better ;).

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