Our Vegetarian grilled zucchini salad recipe has been a hit with everyone and no one ever misses the meat. Make this for your next potluck or party! Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe with Quinoa in a bowl

Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe

There’s no reason to not love vegetables, especially grilled zucchini. In fact, it’s one of our most popular dishes for parties because there’s so much flavor and texture, everyone is extra estatic to find out that it’s vegetarian. Vegetarian recipes are super delicious, especially vegetarian salads like this one that’s loaded with color, other veggies, outstanding flavors and great textures that ties all the best veggie ingredients into one bite. The balsamic lemon vinaigrette is what helps tie all the flavors together and it’s an outstanding, flavorful dressing!

Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe with Quinoa on a grill

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Tips for Making Grilled Zucchini Salad

Zucchini is truly one of the most versatile vegetables and during Summer, zucchini explodes. So grilling up a few thick slices that are seasoned well with salt and pepper is the starting point to this fantastic Summer salad.
  • Chop up the zucchini and add pretty much what you like. We suggest tomato, fresh herbs and a flavorful vinaigrette. This vegetarian zucchini salad is super versatile.
  • We added quinoa for the addition of a healthy whole grain. You can even add any whole grain that you want. Add what you like and everyone will love eating healthier.
  • This salad pairs perfectly with Summer grilled meats like pork, ribs, brisket and chicken. You’ll definitely need a great healthy salad recipe to accompany these rich meats and you won’t be disappointed! Zucchini lovers will appreciate you bringing a big bowl of this amazing salad.

Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe with Quinoa in a bowl

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The Ultimate BBQ Tongs
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Oasity BBQ Light
Grilling should never be confined to the daylight. Love this BBQ light. Good brightness, solid magnets plus clamp option. We’ve gone through 1/2 dozen different grilling lights before falling in love with this one. Be ready to grill all night long.

Oklahoma Joe’s Reverse Flow Offset Smoker –
Love this offset smoker. Solid construction. Isn’t perfect, but with a couple easy modifications it will smoke as well as the $1k + smokers. Can use the main chamber also as a regular charcoal grill. Love using it as a regular grill using lump charcoal or briquettes. Huge cooking surface.
Charbroil 4-burner Gas Grill –
One of the best for the money. Solid gas grill! Nothing like the quick convenience of a good gas grill.
Grill Baskets
Some days we just need to keep the little things contained on the grill. Throw them all into a basket and grill from there. Easy-peasy.
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Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini & Quinoa Salad w/ Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette

Don't slice the zucchini too thin before you grill them since they will shrink down. We like it between 1/4"-1/2" thick before grilling. That way you'll get a nice lit bit of crust balanced against the softer interior. 
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For the Zucchini and Quinoa

  • 3 medium zucchini , cut into 1/2” thick slices
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil , for brushing
  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) cooked quinoa

For the Salad

  • 1 cup (240ml) cherry tomatoes , halved or quartered
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) minced red onion
  • 4 oz. (113g) feta cheese
  • 15 oz. (425g) canned black beans, white beans or chickpeas (drained)
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh chopped basil
  • 1 cup cooked or grilled corn kernels, (optional)


  • 1/2 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons (30ml) balsamic vinegar
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons (3ml) sugar or honey
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano


  • Cook quinoa to package instructions and allow to cool completely. Set aside.
  • Heat grill. Lightly brush zucchini slices and season all sides with salt and pepper. Grill each side of zucchini until brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes.
    Chop grilled zucchini into large bite sized pieces.
  • In large bowl whisk together all the dressing ingredients (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano) Taste the dressing and adjust salt, pepper or additional seasonings, to taste.
  • In the same dressing bowl, add the zucchini, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, beans or chickpeas, and basil or corn. Gently toss everything together.
    You can eat it right away at room temperature or serve chilled for the next day. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 431kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 938mg, Potassium: 673mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 462IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 155mg, Iron: 3mg

Try our baked parmesan zucchini fries, air fryer zucchini and sriracha zucchini stir fry. More Salad Recipes and Easy Roasted Zucchini Recipe. This recipe was originally published in 2018 and re-published in 2021 with updated video.