Grilled Zucchini With Capers, Basil and Lemon Recipe

Lauren Rothman

Tender grilled zucchini gets topped with a light, refreshing dressing of capers, fresh basil, olive oil and lemon.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon zest from one lemon

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing zucchini

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, dried, and roughly chopped

  • 4 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2" thick disks or quartered, lengthwise


  1. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, basil, and capers. Whisk to combine, season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside.

  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over the coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, preheat a gas grill to high, covered, for at least 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  3. Using a pastry brush, brush zucchini with olive oil on both sides, and season to taste with salt and pepper. When grill is hot, add zucchini slices and cook, covered, until zucchini is well-browned on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip slices and cook, covered, until zucchini is well-browned and tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer zucchini to a serving platter, spoon vinaigrette over the top, and serve.

Special Equipment

Grill, pastry brush

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
137 Calories
13g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 318mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 28mg 140%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 542mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)