Roasted Zucchini with Minty Pesto

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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • April 23rd, 2014

Roasted Zucchini with Minty Pesto
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You can make this pesto and add it to any vegetable, protein, grain dish, or salad. Last week, I added the minty pesto to my Lamb & Sausage Orzo Salad with Grilled Artichokes. Delicious! This week, I’m using the pesto with roasted zucchini. Toss your favorite veggie with this pesto, throw it in the oven, and you’ve got a fantastic side dish to any meal! You can make the pesto ahead and keep in your fridge for 5 days prior to using it, too! Easy & Yummy!
Recipe type: Vegetable, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup packed mint leaves
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 scallions, thickly sliced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4 zucchinis
  • Cooking spray

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° Bake. Make the pesto: Add the mint, parsley, scallions, garlic, and lemon zest in a food processor.
  2. Start to chop. While the machine is still chopping, slowly add the olive oil. Add salt to taste.
  3. Roast the zucchini: Slice the zucchini into rounds.

  4. In a medium bowl, toss the pesto with the zucchini. Spray a pyrex with cooking spray.
  5. Put the zucchini into 1 layer on the glass dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve & enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 65.7 Fat: 4.0 Saturated fat: 0.6 Carbohydrates: 5.5 Sugar: 2.4 Sodium: 9.0 Fiber: 2.0 Protein: 3.6 Cholesterol: 0


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24 responses to “Roasted Zucchini with Minty Pesto”

  1. Silvia says:

    Sarah, I love that you mixed the mint with parsley. Helps tone down the mint. i can see this as being a terrific pesto for so many dishes. Thank you!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      I’m a fan of mixing herbs…especially when you have a few “leftovers.” Thanks for sharing, Silvia!!! I LOVE your blog!

  2. Elise says:

    Sarah! Seriously, these are all my favorite flavors. I have been making zucchini “pasta” with pesto, but I love the idea of adding pesto to roasted zucchini. Thanks for the inspiration. Cannot wait to try this!

  3. Patti says:

    I have to admit that I never liked zucchini until recently. I think I have been overcooking it and not flavoring it up enough. This recipe makes zucchini look tasty to me! I like that there isn’t any cheese in the pesto.

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Amazingly, it is tasty! Growing up, my mom used to make zucchini in a way I didn’t like it (she would shred it and for some reason the texture turned me off). In high school, she started roasting it and I fell in love. Adding cheese to almost everything also makes life 10 times better! I’m with you!

  4. Stacey says:

    How about putting the pesto over zucchini noodles or zoodles? I have a wonderful spiralizer that would make for an enticing version of an already delicious looking dish! Thanks for the recipe inspiration Sarah…

  5. Angelica says:

    Looks yummy and super easy to make!

  6. Susan says:

    Wow this looks AMAZING! I would’ve never thought to put mint with Zucchini. I’m making it tonight. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Thank you, Susan! It’s a delicious mix. You can also pair the mint with almost any roasted veggie! Time to get creative 🙂

  7. april says:

    oh my my my – i do love zucchini! this sounds delicious, sarah.

  8. Yummm this looks so yummy. I can’t wait for the mint to grow in my garden so I can give this a try 🙂

  9. Anne Omland says:

    This looks delicious! I’m going to try it this week. Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

  10. Camesha says:

    I make zucchini all the time. I love this recipe. I also just happen to have some mint in the fridge. 🙂

  11. nichole says:

    OMG Sarah, this is such an amazing recipe.

    I love zucchini and my hubby literally hates them…

    Maybe not after he tastes my amazing roasted zucchini with ming pesto!!!

    Off I go!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA says:

      Love it Nichole! And I’m sure he’ll at least try it. It’s definitely too good to pass up 🙂

  12. Loving this lovely dish. A wonderful way to brigten up my favorite vegetable. Thanks for sharing this colorful meal..

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