This Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini is a delicious, flavourful and bright spring or summer side dish perfect for grilling season!
May is Official Grilling Month! Yes, for the year. Which, to be honest, since it’s still really cold by some of you, seems a little early, don’t you think? Nonetheless, I am always here for monthly food celebrations. This way, when you’re personally ready to start grilling, if you aren’t standing by your grill right now waiting for me to get on with it and get to the recipe, then you’ll have this little gem tucked away for safe keeping. Trust me, you’re going to want to keep this recipe.
What better way to celebrate National Grilling Month than with Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini? Zucchini is not only one of the best veggies to grill, it’s also one of the best ways to enjoy zucchini, other than delectable zucchini noodles of course. Something about the smokiness of the grill and the direct fire heat seems to really bring this veggie alive. The beautifully charred edges along with the grill marks are of my favourite part of grilling this veggie instead of just baking it. Then of course, comes the lemon garlic marinade. This marinade really takes it over the edge.
The lemon garlic combo becomes extra special since the zucchini slices are actually marinading in it. This was actually an accident – we ran out of cold so I just covered the bowl while recipe testing. By the time we got coal, the fire lit and ready to grill, it was the next day. I took them out of the fridge and the amazing lemon garlic fragrance that hit me made it very clear: these babies were about to light up my world. Every single grilling pun intended.
The subtle punch of flavour is absolutely divine and makes this lemon garlic grilled zucchini one of the best grilling side dishes you can make. I ground some salt, pepper, squeezed some lime over the top, added some fresh parsley and some vegan parmesan cheese. I completely these extra steps as they bring out the flavour even more and take your grilled zucchini to a new level. Here’s to grilling season!
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Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini
- 2 medium zucchinis, washed and sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped parsley, lime wedges and vegan parmesan cheese for garnish
- Add the zucchinis to a bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper together and whisk together until incorporated.
- Add to the container with the zucchini and toss with zucchini until everything is coated. Cover with saran wrap and allow to marinate for a few hours, at least 4 hours. I did mine overnight.
- Heat your grill (according to manufacturer settings) to high heat.
- Using grill tongs, place all of the zucchini onto the grill. Let the zucchini heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until grill marks begin to form and the zucchini begins to brown. Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes. This timing may vary based on your grill's heat. The zucchini should be completely cooked through.
- Remove from grill and place onto a serving platter. Season again lightly with ground sea salt and black pepper. Garnish with chopped parsley and vegan parmesan cheese and serve with lemon or lime wedges to squeeze over the top.
- This recipe is gluten free and vegan. I recommend serving the Zucchini immediately as it will wilt slightly as it cools.
- HOW TO STORE ZUCCHINI
- You can store your Zucchini in an airtight container in the fridge. I recommend reheating it in a toasted oven, grill pan or on the grill. The Zucchini will last about 2 days cooked in your fridge but tastes best fresh.
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