Grilled Courgette Salad

Grilled Courgette Salad

Nothing reminds me more of summer than freshly picked courgettes. Each year my dad tends so lovingly to his vegetable crops that through July and August we’re blessed with the greatest abundance of zucchinis. There came a few summers when I was young when the daily harvest of courgettes was so large that we eventually ran out of ideas of what to do with them. We baked them, fried them, stuffed them, pureed them, steamed them…the list goes on. You name it, we did it! 

This is one of my new favourite ways to eat courgettes, straight off the grill or as chilled leftovers the next day, they make the perfect side on warm summer days. Not only is this so easy to prepare, but it combines the most fresh and mellow tone of the courgettes with the tart punch of the quick pickled red onions. Definitely a crowd pleaser!


  • 1 Red Onion

  • 1 Lemon

  • 4 Medium Courgettes

  • 2 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)

  • 1 Red Chilli (finely chopped)

  • 4 Tbsp Olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce/Tamari/ Liquid Aminos

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • 1/4 Cup Slices Almonds


  1. Slice the onion in half, then into ribbons by slicing in one direction from one end

  2. In a bowl, squeeze the lemon over the onion ribbons and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt, then massage them and leave to one side

  3. Slice the courgettes into slices, length ways, about 0.5cm thick, then marinate with the olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, chilli and a sprinkle of salt and pepper

  4. In a (very) hot grill pan or skillet, place the courgettes and cook until they soften and brown a little

  5. Flip to do the same on the other side, this takes about 2-3 minutes per side *

  6. Do this a few times until all the courgette slices are cooked, leave them to cool in a baking dish, and sprinkle with a little salt when done cooking

  7. Toast the almonds in a dry pan until golden brown

  8. To assemble the salad, layer the courgettes with the onions (without their juice), then top with the toasted almonds

  9. Drizzle with extra olive oil, a little salt and pepper, and and optional sprinkle of parsley

  10. Enjoy!

*If you're using a grill pan, the grill marks will let you know when they're done