Grilled Zucchini + Onion Salad with Basil Dressing

Except for a few college years, I have always lived on a farm. Growing up, we spent every summer day outside, well after a little morning-time TV. Many times it was some cartoon watching, but pretty soon I found Martha Stewart Living and from then on I was hooked. Each morning I would watch what was probably a summer rerun but I soaked it all in. (How’s this for a flashback?!) Ok, I totally went down a rabbit hole of old Martha episodes while searching for that link. Back to the grilled zucchini…

After my Martha fix, I’d help Mom with whatever gardening was on the day’s schedule: hoeing, watering, planting, canning or shelling peas (which I think I got 25 cents a cup for). Sometimes I would help Dad move animals from one building to another, but its no surprise that I was always more comfortable in the garden.

In her garden, Mom kept perfect, weed-free rows full of delicious vegetables. We didn’t often experiment with new recipes, but instead stuck to the standards that Mom knew were good. Usually our zucchini was made into a frittata or what we affectionately called “zucchini rounds”: little pancakes with Parmesan cheese and onion. Those. Were. Good.

Grilled zucchini and onion salad in large white bowl on top of wood cutting board with salt and pepper, feta and basil in background all on a marble surface

Nowadays I love to find new ways to use the bounty my zucchini plants produce. This unique vegetable can take on almost any flavor you add to it, which is exactly why I love to grill it. The added flavor is multiplied with a basil dressing that would make anything edible. The way I eat today has changed, but the fact that I always have an abundance of zucchini has not!

Let me know in the comments below what vegetables you love to grill during the summer. I’m always look for more inspiration!

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Grilled zucchini and onion salad in large white bowl on top of wood cutting board with salt and pepper, feta and basil in background all on a marble surface

Grilled Zucchini + Onion Salad with Basil Dressing

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

A simple grilled zucchini, onion, cherry tomato and pepper salad with basil dressing is the perfect summertime meal! Super simple and fresh! 


Ingredients

Scale

For the salad

  • 2 pounds small zucchini
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 6 ounces roasted red peppers
  • 6 ounces feta

For the basil dressing

  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

For the salad

  1. Cut off the ends of the zucchini and halve lengthwise.
  2. Cut the ends of the onion and remove the outer layers.
  3. Brush both the zucchini and onion with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat grill on high heat. Once heated, add the zucchini and onion, cut side down and grill until charred and slightly softened, 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove the vegetables from the grill and allow to cool 20 minutes.
  6. Once cool enough to handle, cut the zucchini in bite-size pieces, about 1/4 inch thick. Slice the onion thinly and add both to a large bowl.
  7. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to the bowl.
  8. Drain and rinse the hominy and allow to drip dry in a colander. Then add to the salad.
  9. Dice the roasted red peppers add to the salad.
  10. Stir to combine all the vegetables.

For the basil dressing

  1. Add the basil leaves, parsley, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to a blender, food processor or immersion blender-safe container.
  2. Blend until smooth and taste for seasoning.

To assemble

  1. Pour dressing over prepared salad.
  2. Stir and crumble on feta cheese.

Notes

  • This can be made up to one hour before serving with dressing. If making a day in advance, leave the dressing off and add before serving.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 1150.2mg
  • Fat: 19.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.4g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 25.3mg

Keywords: zucchini

Grilled zucchini, onion, tomato and feta salad topped with a basil dressing loaded in an Ironstone bowl on a wood bread board.

Top down view of grilled zucchini, onion and tomato salad topped with a basil dressing loaded in an Ironstone bowl with feta cheese and additional basil on a smaller cutting board all on a marble surface.

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  • Hi Kaleb,

    Just wanted to let you know this salad is great– so flavorful, easy, and I love that it is served cold. I added some torn up rotisserie chicken (not necessary, but nice). Definitely a great way to use up a bunch of zucchini!

    Thanks for all the fun content and ideas you post!

    Cara

    • So good to hear Cara! I love the idea of chicken if you want it more hardy. Salads like this are what I eat all summer. So glad you enjoyed!

  • Can hardly wait to try these delicious looking salads. Thanks so much for making eating healthy so easy with these recipes .??