Zucchini salad is a nice vegetarian entree or summer side dish. It is inexpensive to make and also works as a satisfying cold vegetarian meal.
Such a great way to use up extra summer squash!
This Zucchini Salad with Chickpea & Artichoke is what I whipped up for a simple summer dinner tonight. Nope, no in depth recipe planning here, this is fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants gleaning from the garden and pantry style cooking. The fresh zucchini salad makes for a nice light vegetarian or vegan meal, or a great side for some grilled meat or fish.
Zucchini is coming into season here in the North East, and the onslaught of basil is starting, so this recipe should be timely for many.
If you have tomatoes readily available, by all means slice some up and toss them in when you add the dressing and basil. They will go great with the other ingredients. As is the recipe is suitable for vegans if the dressing used does not contain dairy products.
I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on mine. Feta cheese would be an excellent addition to this summer salad, as well (I just didn't have any on-hand). The leftovers will be served with grilled chicken tomorrow.
Here are a few more ideas if you have a large zucchini bounty on-hand.
- Vegetarian Southwest Zucchini Boats
- Ratatouille Soup with Quinoa
- Yellow Zucchini Pizzaiola with Fresh Mozzarella
- Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms with Zucchini Quinoa Stuffing
Zucchini Salad with Chickpea and Artichoke
- ½ tbs oil
- 2 zucchini squash halved lengthwise, then sliced on the diagonal
- ¼ of a large sweet onion sliced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 15 oz chick peas garbanzo beans, rinsed
- 15 oz artichoke quarters drained
- ¼ cup Italian dressing
- 2 tbs freshly chopped basil
- Put oil in skillet, and place on med-high heat.
- Once hot, add the zucchini, onion & garlic. Saute lightly. The vegetables should be mostly cooked, but still have a bit of tooth to them, not all wilted.
- Shut off & remove from burner. Add the chick peas, and artichokes. Stir to mix in and even out temperature.
- Add the dressing and basil stir to mix evenly.
- Serve warm or cold, as is or with sprinkling of your favorite cheese.