Marinated Zucchini with Mint, Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar

Marinated Zucchini with Mint, Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar

By 06/03/2013

Italians love their greenies just as much as they love their pasta, fish and meat. Put the right dressing on them and they can be as moreish as a piece of cake.. and I am not joking. After freshness the key to vegetables bursting with flavour is a good dressing.

Char-grilling and marinating is one of the best ways to get the best out of your vegetables.

You can prepare them in advance: the longer they marinate the better. That's why I often cook them like this when I have a dinner party; they go well with fish and meat and you will be surprised by how people will help themselves to more!

On this occasion I cooked courgettes. The marinade is the classic Italian one: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic. A few leafs of mint will make the courgettes even more aromatic and they will taste gorgeous. And that's a promise!

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 -15 minutes



Wash and slice the courgettes about 3 mm thick.  Then sprinkle them with salt.

After a few minutes dab them with some kitchen paper in order to absorb the excess moisture

drying the courgettes

Put a large pan or a griddle pan over a high heat for 2-3 minutes

 heating the pan

Using kitchen paper grease it with a little oil

greasing the pan

Put the courgettes over the hot pan and cook them for about a minute or two each side until they get a slight brownish colour

Marinated zucchini with mint

In a serving dish mix the olive oil, vinegar and garlic and mint. Dip the courgettes into the marinade and leave them for at least a couple of hours to marinate.

Marinated zucchini with mint

These courgettes couldn't taste any better!

Marinated zucchini with mint

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8 Responses to Marinated Zucchini with Mint, Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar

  1. Nora

    This is all I love about Italian cooking: simple yet so delicious! Who wouldn’t tuck in that beautiful plate of chargrilled courgettes?

    • Alida

      Thank you Nora!

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Questo piatto è veramente delizioso, lo preparo anch’io e devo dire che a casa va a ruba! Un contorno leggero e gustoso, brava! Un abbraccio!

  3. Mich Piece of Cake

    I love this simple, grilled vegetable dish… that grill looks very useful, I should look around for one as well.

  4. Franglais kitchen, Nazima

    Hi Alida. I have only recently started appreciating courgettes. I think they do well with a bit of marinade as they take up the flavour so well. Lovely and healthy and perfect both in itself and mixed into so many other salads, couscous etc

  5. My Italian Smörgåsbord

    love them! is it the “a la scapece” way? always forget this prepatration for courgettes which I tried before and truly adore. thank you for this post! is there any way to subscribe to your posts by mail?

    • Alida

      I don’t know the scapece recipe (will check that out!). I have just marinated the courgettes and added some mint.
      I had to remove the “follow by email” widget as it wasn’t working for some reason. I need to check that out again. Other ways to follow me are facebook, twitter or pinterest. X

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