This Grilled Zucchini with Herb Yogurt is an easy side that's great for summer cookouts. If you already have the grill going, you might as well make the most of it, right? When over-cooked, zucchini can become soggy and bland, so for this recipe I cut the zucchini into thick planks and grill them just enough to get a nice char on both sides, while the center remains firm.
The Herb Yogurt is a simplified version of Greek tzatziki with yogurt, fresh dill, red onion and lemon juice. It’s bright, tangy and creamy and is the perfect complement to charred zucchini hot off the grill. I like to drizzle the yogurt over the zucchini just before serving it, but you can also pass the bowl of yogurt around the table so everyone can help themselves. This is an excellent sauce to have in your back pocket- it transforms simple grilled chicken or salmon and is a great dip for veggies, too.
In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, onions, lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir until smooth, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals (or set a gas grill to medium-high heat.)
Trim the zucchini and slice them lengthwise into ½-inch thick planks. In a large bowl, toss the zucchini planks with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until the zucchini is charred but still firm. Remove to a platter and drizzle with the herb yogurt. Serve the zucchini hot or warm with extra yogurt on the side.
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