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Easy Marinated Zucchini Salad

Easy Marinated Zucchini Salad. This recipe is all about bringing out the natural flavors of zucchini with a tangy marinade that’s light, refreshing, and utterly satisfying. Whether you’re serving it as a side dish or enjoying it as a light lunch, this salad is a fantastic way to celebrate the humble zucchini.

Imagine a warm summer day, the sun is shining, and you have a bounty of fresh zucchini from the farmers’ market or your garden. This marinated zucchini salad is the perfect way to use up those summer squashes. The marinade infuses the zucchini with a burst of flavor, transforming it into something truly special. It’s quick to prepare and even quicker to disappear once served!

What makes this dish stand out is its simplicity and versatility. The fresh zucchini absorbs the zesty marinade beautifully, creating a salad that’s both crisp and flavorful. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dish, as the flavors only get better with time. This recipe is a staple in my kitchen during zucchini season, and I’m sure it will become a favorite in yours too.

Recipe Summary

Easy Marinated Zucchini Salad is a refreshing dish that highlights the natural flavors of fresh zucchini, enhanced by a zesty and tangy marinade. Perfect as a side dish or light lunch, this salad is quick to prepare and even better after marinating.

Exciting Story

Last summer, during a family barbecue, I wanted to serve something light and refreshing to balance out the heavier grilled meats. I remembered a marinated zucchini salad my grandmother used to make. I decided to recreate it, adding a few modern twists. The result was a hit! My family loved it so much that it quickly became a regular feature at our gatherings. Now, whenever I make this salad, it brings back fond memories of that sunny day filled with laughter and delicious food.

Why This Easy Marinated Zucchini Salad?

Selling Points:

  • Fresh and Crisp: The zucchini stays crisp while absorbing the delicious flavors of the marinade.
  • Healthy and Light: A nutritious option that’s low in calories but high in flavor.
  • Versatile: Can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or light main course.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

How to Make Easy Marinated Zucchini Salad

1. Prepare the Zucchini:

  • Thinly slice the zucchinis using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Place the slices in a large bowl.

2. Make the Marinade:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper.

3. Marinate the Zucchini:

  • Pour the marinade over the zucchini slices. Toss well to ensure all slices are evenly coated.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

4. Serve:

  • Before serving, give the salad a good toss. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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