Super delish Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash for the win! – Perfectly charred zucchini, creamy feta, and zesty lemon. It's the perfect balance of smokiness and freshness. Lip-smackingly good easy food that is unbelievably good. Give it a whirl this weekend!
Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash on an oval platter with a lime te towel.

Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash is the perfect Italian side dish for your grill nights. Perfectly charred veggies, lightly seasoned, bringing out their natural goodness. The smokiness adds a depth that’s downright addictive. It’s simplicity at its finest – fresh, vibrant, and incredibly tasty.

This dish effortlessly complements any main course, making it a no-fuss recipe that we can all get behind. The method I have given is super simple and easy to follow. I know you are going to love this flavor-packed winner!

Related Recipes: Taboule Salad / Italian Peperonata

Why We love this Recipe


  • QUICK & EASY – It only takes 5-10 minutes to make. It truly is such an easy recipe. Nothing needs to be prepared ahead. Just make and serve.
  • HEALTHY – Fresh vegetables grilled to perfection. This vegetarian side dish is low carb and gluten free.
  • VERSATILE – From side dish to perfect main course. This simple grilled zucchini and yellow squash can become an easy meal in minutes. We ate ours as-is with nothing extra and it was the perfect size for two main course meals. If you want something a “bit extra” add some grilled fish, garlic prawns, or add some chorizo sausage to the grill plates at the same as grilling the zucchini!
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The Ingredients

  • Zucchini and Squash – use fresh green or yellow zucchini. You want firm and unblemished vegetables. Yellow squash might not always be available. Use any young tender summer squash you can get your hands on. Some yellow zucchini, round ball zucchini, or even choko / chayote squash would be perfect for this recipe.
  • Seasoning – I use Italian herbs to season. Any seasoning you love will be perfect, try our Cajun Seasoning, Ranch Seasoning, or Baharat for something equally delicious! Or use something simple like a pinch of garlic powder, a teaspoon kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • Avocado Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I use Grove Avocado Oil – you can also use extra-virgin olive oil or any of your favourite full-flavored quality oils.
  • Lemon Juice – only use fresh lemon juice. The stuff in a bottle just isn’t worth the money.
  • Cheese – I love burrata or feta cheese with this easy zucchini side dish. Other options would be a good quality chevre (goat cheese) or even something blue like Roquefort or Saint Agur. You can leave out the cheese for a dairy free and vegan option.

Note: Don’t use frozen squash for this recipe. It is much better to use fresh summer squash for grilling. The best way I know how to grill zucchini and squash is when it is fresh, patted dry, and oiled before placing it onto the grill plates.

How to Make It

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Step 1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Slice the zucchini and squash into thickish slices, about 1/2 cm. Brush with avocado oil and coat in Italian seasoning and salt flakes.

Step 2. Grill, turning once, until charred and tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

Note: You can use the air fryer for the zucchini if you prefer. Air fry zucchini in a single layer for 10 minutes at 200°C (400°F). I used a grill pan but a gas grill or barbecue will also do a great job.

Step 3. Scatter over feta or tear burrata and place on top. Sprinkle with zest and lemon juice. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve with pesto.

Serving Suggestions

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What to Pair with Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cut zucchini for grilling?

Lay the zucchini down lengthwise on the cutting board. Slice full-length strips about 1-1.25 cm thick (1/3 – 1/2 inch thick). You can slice it into rounds if you prefer. Do not cut any thinner. Oil and season before grilling zucchini squash.

Can I use frozen zucchini?

You can, but I do not recommend it. The zucchini texture is so much better when sliced and grilled fresh.

Is zucchini keto-friendly? How many carbs are in Zucchini?

Yes, zucchini is keto friendly. It has approximately 3g of carbohydrates per 100 grams.

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Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash on a large ovel platter with a rusty fork.

Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Super delish Grilled Zucchini and Yellow Squash for the win! – Perfectly charred zucchini, creamy feta, and zesty lemon. It’s the perfect balance of smokiness and freshness. Lip-smackingly good easy food that is unbelievably good. Give it a whirl this weekend!
5 from 58 votes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: sides
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 2 (2) medium-sized zucchini (400-500g)
  • 2-3 (2-3) yellow squash
  • 3-4 tablespoons (3 tablespoons) avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Italian seasoning
  • 150 g (1 cup) feta
  • Zest and juice of ½ a lemon (30g)
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • Pesto de Basilico to serve

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Slice the zucchini and squash into thickish slices, about 1/2 cm. Brush with avocado oil and coat in Italian seasoning and salt flakes.
  • Grill, turning once, until charred and tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
  • Tear burrata over top. Sprinkle with zest and lemon juice. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve with pesto.

Notes

Zucchini and squash on the grill is super simple. With only a few ingredients it is important to use quality ingredients and fresh vegetables.
Choosing the Right Ingredients: Opt for fresh, firm zucchini and yellow squash to ensure a satisfying bite. Choose a high-quality burrata for that perfect creamy texture or a nice tangy feta cheese. The use of avocado oil adds a healthy touch to the dish.
Ingredient Substitutes: Feel free to substitute avocado oil with olive oil, and fresh mozzarella or burrata instead of feta can be a worthy replacement. Adjust the lemon quantity based on personal preference for a more or less zesty kick.
This was meant to be part of our Christmas recipes lineup in Festive Table. I ran out of time, but you get to enjoy it anyway!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 30mg | Net Carbs: 4g
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