Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe with Quinoa | @bestrecipebox

Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini and Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: BBQ-Grilling
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

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. 



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
  • 1 cup (240ml) cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) minced red onion
  • 4 oz. (113g) feta cheese
  • 1 (15 oz- 425g) can 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)


  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) balsamic vinegar
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano


  1. Cook quinoa to package instructions and allow to cool completely. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Chop grilled zucchini into large bite sized pieces.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. You can eat it right away at room temperature or serve chilled for the next day. Enjoy!

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