I love layering this delicious grilled zucchini Caprese salad and serving it with my favorite basil vinaigrette. A stack of grilled zucchini, fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil vinaigrette is packed with all the flavors of summer.
If you’ve seen the summer archives on this blog, you know how much I love summer ingredients. There are some recipes that really define summer for me, and grilled zucchini, basil vinaigrette, and caprese salad are summer staples I’ve been making for years.
So when I came up with this idea, Grilled zucchini caprese salad Combining all these summer favorites with grilled zucchini and chunks of ripe tomatoes, layered with creamy fresh mozzarella and drizzled with basil vinaigrette, we thought this must be a winner.
If you want something that will really impress your friends, you have to make it as soon as you get your zucchini and fresh tomatoes. This is perfect as a side dish like berry Greek grilled chicken for a summer dinner. If you love these ingredients, this is sure to be a recipe you’ll make over and over again.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- large zucchini slices
- slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
- thick slices of tomato
- Purchased or homemade vinaigrette (to make a basil vinaigrette)
- basil puree or chopped fresh basil
- Newman’s Proprietary Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link), for marinating zucchini
- dry virgin (affiliate link)
- spike seasoning (affiliate link), or all-purpose seasoning blend
What is Caprese Salad?
caprese salad An Italian favorite named after the island of Capri. Salads traditionally feature fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and balsamic vinegar, but this flavor combination has become so popular that there are now endless variations of salads that include Caprese in the title. increase.
Kalyn’s fun caprese salad ideas:
I love this variation of Capri salad with grilled zucchini layered with tomato and mozzarella. If you like this idea, there are some other fun variations.
- You can replace the red tomatoes with green tomatoes, like my favorite green zebra tomatoes, or alternate between red and green tomatoes.
- You can also make a variation called Green Goddess Tomato Mozzarella Stack with Green Zebra Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Green Goddess Salad Dressing.
- Or, if you really want to think outside the box, try substituting slices of kiwi fruit for the grilled zucchini for an interesting kiwi caprese salad.
How to make a caprese salad with grilled zucchini:
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- I made a basil vinaigrette by combining finely chopped fresh basil from my window herb garden with Le Parisien vinaigrette. Make the dressing ahead of time so that the basil flavor comes out while it’s resting in the fridge. (Use your favorite low-carb vinaigrette.)
- It is important to use a large enough zucchini so that the zucchini is slightly larger than the mozzarella slice. Cut the zucchini slices about 3/4-inch thick so that the zucchini remains slightly crispy when cooked.
- I made a simple marinade for zucchini. Newman’s Proprietary Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) a combination of several dry virgin (affiliate link) and spike seasoning (affiliate link). (You can make the zucchini without marinating, but this process will give it more flavor.)
- Place the zucchini in a ziplock bag and marinate on the counter for at least 4 hours.
- When you’re ready to cook, spray the grill with oil or non-stick grill spray and heat to high heat. Set the grill to medium-high heat when adding the zucchini.
- The next photo is taken from a different angle, so don’t forget to tell them to rotate each zucchini after about 5 minutes so they get a cross sear.
- Then flip the zucchini over and cook the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes, depending on your preferred doneness.
- While the zucchini is cooking, prepare the fresh mozzarella slices. I used pre-sliced mozzarella cheese, which is very convenient.
- Slice a ripe garden tomato as thick as a zucchini.
- To arrange the dish, first place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of the grilled zucchini.
- Then top the mozzarella cheese with tomatoes and basil vinaigrette.
- Serve with a little more basil vinaigrette for those who want extra.
- If you have zucchini and fresh tomatoes, you’ll want to make them often, so make extra basil vinaigrette.
Other variations of Caprese salad:
Want more summer tomato salad?
For great summer tomato salad ideas, check out 20 Summer Tomato Salads.
8 large zucchini slices (preferably 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick)
8 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
8 thick slices of tomato (about 3/4 inch thick)
1/2 cup purchased or homemade vinaigrette dressing (see notes)
3 tablespoons basil puree or chopped fresh basil (see note)
1/3 cup purchased or homemade vinaigrette dressing (see notes)
1 teaspoon dried virgin
1/2 teaspoon spiked seasoning (or your favorite all purpose seasoning blend)
- Mix chopped fresh or frozen basil with the vinaigrette to make a basil vinaigrette. Refrigerate while you marinate the zucchini to add basil flavor to the dressing.
- Cut zucchini into slices, preferably about 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick.
- Combine vinaigrette sauce and dried basil, spike seasoning (affiliate link) Make a marinade.
- Place the zucchini in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade on top. Let this marinate on the counter for 4 hours (all day is fine if you’re not at home or want to go further; marinating is also an option if you’re short on time).
- When you’re ready to cook the zucchini, spray a clean grill grate with oil or nonstick grill spray. Preheat the grill to high.
- Place the zucchini on the grill and immediately turn the grill to medium heat. Cook on first side for about 5 minutes (lift one piece of zucchini to see if it’s nicely browned), then turn each piece for another 5 minutes (or until nicely criss-cross marks). to cook
- Flip the zucchini over and grill the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes. (To check the tenderness of the zucchini, poke it with a fork. I like it best when the zucchini is still slightly crunchy.)
- While the zucchini is cooking, prepare the sliced mozzarella and slice the tomatoes. (I use pre-sliced mozzarella, so they’re all the same size, which makes this dish a lot easier.)
- For layering, start with grilled zucchini slices, add fresh mozzarella slices, then tomato slices. Serve immediately with desired amount of basil vinaigrette.
- Serve with a little more basil vinaigrette for people to add at the table.
I love Le Parisien Vinaigrette for the basil vinaigrette in this recipe, but it’s hard to find unless you’re in Utah, so you can use any flavored, low-sugar dressing you like. Learn more about the basil options for the basil vinaigrette here.
like Newman’s Proprietary Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) For marinated zucchini. (It works with basil vinaigrette too, but I prefer a creamier dressing.)
This recipe was created by Kalyn with inspiration from her summer favorites.
Nutrition Facts Table:
Amount Per Serving:
calorie: 65Total Fat: 2.3gsaturated fat: 1gTrans fat: 0gUnsaturated fat: 1.5gcholesterol: 4.5mgsodium: 236mgcarbohydrates: 9gfiber: 3.3gsugar: 15.6gprotein: 4.7g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the recipe plugin I use. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy as many variables affect the calculation.
Low Carb Diet Suggestions / Low Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making a grilled zucchini caprese salad for a low-carb or carb-conscious meal plan, it’s important to use a vinaigrette with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving (or you can make your own vinaigrette. ). Tomatoes do have some carbs, but there are plenty of other low-carb foods to balance them out here. Slice the tomato a little thin if you like.
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Historical notes for this recipe:
This favorite zucchini caprese salad recipe was first posted in 2013. He was last updated in 2023 with additional details.
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