Zesty Lime Grilled Zucchini

Ortolana di Faenza and Raven Zucchini

Ortolana di Faenza and Raven Zucchini

This year we are growing two new (to us) varieties of zucchini compliments of Renee’s Garden. One is a dark green zucchini ‘Raven’ and the other is a pale green heirloom Italian zucchini ‘Ortolana di Faenza’.  Both are delicious in their own way and are extremely tasty when grilled.  Here’s a recipe we tried with great success:


4 small zucchinis – about 6-7 inches long, sliced in half lengthwise

¼ cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

1 batch of Lime Zest Garlic Marinade – recipe below

Preheat grill on high.

Wash, trim and dry zucchini.  Slice smaller zucchini in half lengthwise.  If using larger zucchini slice lengthwise in 3 or 4 pieces or about 3/8” to 1/2” slabs.  Spread lightly with marinade and grill, turning frequently, about every 3-4 minutes.   Brush with more marinade as needed.  When close to done spread the Parmesan cheese on top of the zucchinis, close the grill and cook until the Parmesan melts and crusts.  Total cooking time will depend on how hot your grill is and the thickness of the zucchini.  This took us less than 20 minutes.

Zucchini on the Grill

Zucchini on the Grill

Lime Zest Garlic Marinade

1 tsp. minced garlic, 2-3 cloves

Zest from 1 lime, grated or finely minced

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

½ tsp. sugar

Juice of 1 lime

½ tsp. Dijon mustard

¼ cup organic olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Using a food processor combine the garlic, parsley, lime zest and sugar and process until mixture is smooth.  Add lime juice and mustard and process again.  Slowly add the olive oil, with motor running, and process until the oil is emulsified.  Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

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5 Responses to “Zesty Lime Grilled Zucchini”

  1. Julia says:

    This looks delicious and easy – I’m looking forward to trying it. And those zucchini are beautiful!

    By the way, I LOVE my Cobrahead tool. It cuts through solid clay like nobody’s business!

  2. Sue Tomaszewski says:

    I love that recipe and am going to have it tonight.

    Can I have yall’s autograph.

  3. Noel says:

    Hi Sue, normally I’ll sign things for nothing, but for you, let’s see . . . ?

  4. Janet says:

    Great Recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. I love Zuchinni. I’ve never heard of this other heirloom lighter colored zuchinni you showed in the picture. Is there any variance in taste to the darker zuchinni?

  5. Noel says:

    Judy and I did a side-by-side taste test and decided the dark zucchini was more flavorful, although both were very good. The light zucchini has more of a yellow summer squash taste, the dark is definitely richer and more complex – Noel