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Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt


Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end.

I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made previously with her Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon.  But I came across this simple Grilled Zucchini recipe online and decided to give it a go.

The zucchini is marinated with some olive oil, salt and pepper as I normally do before roasting or grilling, like my Summer Squash Skewers.  But this recipe went a bit further to add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest, which gave the veggies a bit more pizzazz.  Plus, it made the presentation look pretty. 🙂

I served this with Flank Steak and Salsa Verde, Roasted Vegetable Salad, and grilled chicken sausages.

grilled zucchini, sausages, flank steak with salsa verde, and salad

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt (recipe by The Pioneer Woman)

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium zucchini
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 whole lemons, zested
  • extra salt and olive oil to taste

Directions:

Trim the zucchini ends and slice them into quarters, lengthwise.  Place them all in a very large plastic zipper bag.  Drizzle in olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 T lemon zest and the juice of two lemons.  Seal the bag and smush them around a bit so that the zucchini is well coated.  Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes to marinate.

Prepare the grill pan or outdoor grill to medium to medium-low heat.  Grill the zucchini on all three sides until nice and tender and has those beautiful grill marks.  Set aside on a plate.

grill the zucchini evenly on all three sides

Pile up the remaining lemon zest and sprinkle 1 T kosher salt on top.  Use a knife to chop the salt and zest together to make lemon salt.  Add more salt if needed.  Sprinkle the lemon salt over the plate of grilled zucchini and serve.

 

 

 

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