marinated zucchini slices

Marinated zucchini slices

Earlier this week I had lunch at Boqueria, one of my favorite tapas restaurants in the city. I like the relaxed atmosphere, the simple yet delicious wine list and small plates of bold flavors to be shared among friends.

They recommend two to three plates per person but we usually go way over and walk out feeling fat and groggy.

I love the idea of tapas style meals; so many options and different dishes to try, it feels like I’m sampling instead of having a formal sit down dinner. It’s a lot of fun and sometimes I’ll put together a list of small and easy dishes to cook at home to recreate the same feel.

Marinated zucchini slices are very versatile – you can have them as a snack, as a topping for sandwiches (vegetarian or chicken), or as a side to pasta (spaghetti meatballs anyone?). The options are endless!

sliced zucchinis

Very little work is needed for this dish, so this is good news for all of us and especially hard working moms out there! It’s colorful, clean and it can keep in the fridge for a few days.

If you find the garlic to be too strong, use less and your kids will snack on these marinated zucchini slices without even knowing they’re eating vegetables (click here for more kid friendly recipes).

basil marinate

Nothing pairs with a vinegar base dressing as well as freshly picked herbs. The shredded basil in this recipe brightens up the dish with an invigorating summer feel and looks beautiful.

It’s got a lot of zing and a strong pepper taste – classic Italian flavors we adore and love so much.

zucchini frying

Italian food is so much more than just pasta, what I love about their cuisine is how clean and simple many of their seafood and vegetable dishes are.

They’re easy to cook and let the pure flavors of high quality ingredients shine. A lot of Italian dishes are friendly to the waist line as well (like this orange and fennel salad) so that’s an added bonus in my book! If you’re feeling a little adventurous, substitute the basil for shiso leaves. Still delicious but with a little Japanese kick to it!

zucchini marinating

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Marinated zucchini slices

This a popular Italian dish of sliced zucchini marinated in a basil, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil based marinade.

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 sides 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Marinating
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 yellow zucchini (sliced 1/4-inch thick, lengthwise)
  • 2 green zucchini (sliced 1/4-inch thick, lengthwise)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the marinade:

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (roughly chopped)


  1. In a large pan over high heat, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add zucchini slices but do not overcrowd the pan (as this will lower the oil temperature).
  2. Cook on medium high until slices are golden brown, almost slightly charred.
  3. Transfer slices onto a paper towel and repeat until all the slices are cooked.
  4. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade.
  5. Using a large tupperware, line the bottom with zucchini slices and drizzle with a little dressing. Continue layering and adding a little dressing until all slices are used.
  6. Cover with a lid and refrigerate for a few hour (at least 2). Serve cold.


These marinated zucchini slices will keep refrigerated in a storage container for up to 3 days. Keep in mind that the longer they sit, the soggier they will get.


  • Calories: 66
  • Saturated Fat: 1

Keywords: Side, vegetable, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

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