Grilled Zucchini is a great way to use up all of that summer garden zucchini. It makes a great side dish for grilled meats and seafood.
During the summer grilling season, many of us enjoy burgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken slathered in BBQ sauce. We also get those yummy salads, you know the ones loaded with mayo. Each one of these dishes holds a spot on the list of things I love but my hips hate. But despite the somewhat questionable nutritional value of these dishes, I still eat them. To counter the guilt from eating these, I like to throw some grilled veggies into the mix. And since it is August, grilled zucchini is the perfect choice.
I love zucchini. I love it in pastas, stir fries, salads and raw on veggie trays. It is also quite scrumptious when it is lightly seasoned with your favorite seasoning blend, drizzled with olive oil and grilled. It softens and gets a charred flavor that I love.
For this recipe, I used Salad Elegance as my seasoning blend. I had never tried it before but while I was walking in the grocery store last week I happened to over hear some guy say to his shopping buddy “You’ve never tried this? You have to get it. It is good on everything.” Me, being the one who is always on search for a good seasoning blend to use in a pinch, decided to pick up the small bottle since it was on sale. My favorite part about it was the sesame seeds. They add a nice nutty flavor. The paprika also adds a nice color to the zucchini. With that said, you could use any seasoning blend that you like. Lemon pepper would be lovely. Or to kick it up a bit try a cajun or creole seasoning blend.
For other ways to use zucchini you’ve got to try zucchini cakes, the ever popular zoodles, and even chocolate chip zucchini bread.
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswerAugust 11, 2009 at 10:17 am
I love to make this and do quite often!! My little added touch is fresh Parmesan on top!! OH MY it is amazing, just a nice little addition!!
JaclynAugust 11, 2009 at 9:01 am
This looks awesome. I love to grill veggies and will definately get some zucchini on the grill now… Thanks for the good idea, it really is a good way to tame the fatty BBQ foods!!!
NikiAugust 11, 2009 at 6:14 am
During my first quarter in culinary school, for a side dish, I sliced disks of zucchini, eggplant and tomato, tossed them w/ olive oil and a wee bit of salt, grilled them, then layered them between thin disks of fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, then grated fresh black pepper on top. It was the yummiest veggie dish I’d had (up to that point) and since then, I am addicted to grilled zucchini!!!
TimAugust 11, 2009 at 2:41 am
I haven’t seen Salad Elegance on the shelves here in Australia, but the sound of sesame flavour with zucchini is interesting. Grilled zucchini gets a great flavour, almost like fried potato but with a little bit of sweetness (or something? I’m having trouble describing it…), sesame would go nicely!
MichelleAugust 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Mm, mm, mm. That looks delicious. Loving those grill marks!