2-Ingredient Grilled Zucchini Recipe: A Quick & Zesty Side Dish by Donna John

2-Ingredient Grilled Zucchini Recipe: A Quick & Zesty Side Dish

What's the secret to making flavorful grilled zucchini with just one ingredient (not counting the zucchini)? Marinating the zucchini in a bottle of zesty Italian salad dressing. Seriously! This grilled zucchini recipe is a super simple side dish that goes well with any protein and takes just minutes to prepare.

You just need two simple ingredients for this grilled zucchini recipe: zucchini (of course!) and a bottle of Italian salad dressing. The zucchini are marinated in the salad dressing before being quickly grilled. The zucchini get soft and tender, and have a wonderful flavor thanks for the Italian salad dressing

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 1 hour to marinate
Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 to 15 minutes plus marinating time
Servings: 4


  • 2 large zucchini, washed and sliced 
  • 1/3 - 1/2 a bottle zesty Italian salad dressing (or your favorite Italian dressing)

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Recipe Notes

  • Don't just stop at zucchini! You can use this grilling method on other vegetables. 

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the sliced zucchini in a plastic zipper bag or shallow dish. Pour the salad dressing into the bag. Shake or stir to coat the squash and let it marinate for at least 1 hour at room temperature. 
  2. Remove the zucchini from the marinade. Grill over moderate heat, turning often, until soft and just slightly charred, about 5 to 10 minutes.

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Elisa Schmitz
I love simple recipes like this. So little effort, such big flavor. Thanks for the great idea, Donna John ! #yum
Heather Holter
I made fried zucchini once with beet compote! So versatile.
Julie Rose
This looks so good 😋

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