This recipe of grilled zucchini with feta and pine nuts makes grilling out easy. Fire up the grill this summer and don’t forget to add your veggies.
I love a meal where everything can be prepared on the grill.
This is a perfect side dish for any grilled meat, chicken or fish.
The prep work takes five minutes and the result is a grilled tender vegetable side dish that’s full of flavor.
Toss the veggies in a little olive oil with dried or fresh herbs and grill them to perfection.
It’s the perfect way to cook up vegetables.
The zucchini takes on a smoky flavor when made on the grill.
Any tasty ways to do my cooking outdoors and I’m all over it.
Turn that oven off in the summer!
One of my favorite summer recipes is grilled eggplant seasoned and served with a fresh tomato and mozzarella caprese.
I prepare this easy zucchini recipe in the same way as I do the eggplant but instead of fresh caprese, I substitute in salty feta cheese and toasted pine nuts.
The best part is that it’s a winning summer side dish that is light, healthy and has so much flavor.
Ingredients for this easy grilled zucchini recipe
Pick up these simple ingredients from your local farmer’s market and grocery store.
- Pine Nuts.
- Feta Cheese.
- Olive Oil.
- Fresh Garlic.
- Herbs and spices.
How to make this grilled zucchini with feta recipe?
Heat the grill to medium heat for direct grilling.
Chop a medium zucchini into quarter-inch slices.
Fill a small bowl with extra-virgin olive oil.
Brush the oil onto the sides of zucchini slices, adding some herbs and heat from red pepper flakes.
Spread out the slices in a single layer on the grill for about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Wait and watch while the zucchini grills so the pieces cook evenly.
Transfer the slices to a serving platter and top with feta and pine nuts.
What is the best way to slice zucchini for grilling?
Zucchini is such an easy vegetable to grow in the garden if you have the room.
Garden zucchini can get enormous and for this recipe that’s what you want.
If you’re at the grocery store be sure to pick out a zucchini that’s fat.
You’ll be cutting it on the diagonal because you want thick slices for the grill that won’t fall through the grates.
What goes well with zucchini?
A sprinkle of salty feta cheese adds a creaminess to the zucchini that is undeniable.
The crunch from the pine nuts makes this side irresistible.
I promise the serving plate will be empty by the end of the meal.
I got into a rut preparing grilled zucchini the same old way – in a foil packet with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of salt.
The inspiration for this recipe came to me after paging through a food magazine at the orthodontist, although I can’t remember which one.
I decided to prep the zucchini the same way I do my grilled eggplant.
It was simply a matter of adding feta and pine nuts instead of tomatoes.
This would also be delicious with goat cheese if feta is not your thing.
It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Next time I think I’ll try grilling yellow squash in the same manner.
I definitely need to find more ways to eat zucchini. It’s so yummy and best during the summer growing season.
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Grilled Zucchini with Feta & Pine Nuts (Easy Recipe)
- 1-2 large zucchini, sliced at an angle 1/4-inches thick
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
- 3 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 3 teaspoons dried oregano
- 3 teaspoons dried parsley
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- Slice the zucchini on a cutting board at an angle about 1/4 inch thick.
- Brush each side with olive oil and arrange the slices on a plate.
- Season with the zucchini with red pepper flakes, garlic, oregano and parsley.
- Apply cooking spray to the grill grates then preheat grill to medium heat.
- Grill zucchini slices for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until you see light grill marks.
- Arrange the grilled zucchini pieces on a serving platter and top with the feta cheese and pine nuts.
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