Grilled Zucchini with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

Grilled Zucchini with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing
Photo: Petrina Tinslay

Serve this simple side dish of Grilled Zucchini with Buttermilk-Basil Dressing with flank steak or pasta for a filling and satisfying meal.


  • 5 tablespoons buttermilk

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves

  • cup coarsely grated Parmesan

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 medium zucchini or yellow squash (or a combination), halved and cut lengthwise into ¼-inch slices


  1. Heat a grill or grill pan over high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. In a small measuring cup, combine buttermilk and 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil with white-wine vinegar. In a food processor, combine garlic, basil, and Parmesan and process until basil is finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper. With machine running, add buttermilk mixture in a slow, steady stream and process until dressing is smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Toss zucchini with remaining tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill zucchini (in batches if necessary) until lightly charred and tender, 4 to 6 minutes, flipping once. Transfer to a serving plate and drizzle with dressing.

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