Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups


Every once in awhile I need to be reminded that vegetables exist.

And sometimes I have to remind myself that zucchini is not just for zucchini bread.

Most of the time I forget that you can grill zucchini.

It’s stupid to forget how good grilled zucchini tastes.

What makes grilled zucchini even better is stuffing grilled strips with a little herbed goat cheese and rolling them up with basil & spinach tucked in. These would be perfect to serve at a party as an appetizer, or on top of a plate of greens.

Or you could be like me and eat all of them off the plate by yourself over a span an afternoon. That’s what happens when I’m left home alone without anyone to feed.

I ate 4 zucchini so don’t look at me like that. Geeeeeeez.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering. All the good & healthy stuff. YEAH.

Cut the zucchini into strips. This is kinda hard. You’ll get the hang of it by the last zucchini. Promise.

Brush both sides with olive oil.

Grill them! I use my grill pan when my husband isn’t around because I’m too lazy to turn on the grill.

(I make him turn on the grill and I do the grilling. That’s how it works in this relationship BTW.)

Here’s the grilled zucchini loot. Magical!

Now it’s time to make the herbed goat cheese spread.

Mix it all together. Now put a dollop at the end of each zucchini slice.

Add a spinach leaf & a basil leaf and ROLL UP. It’s pretty fun and therapeutic.

Taste as you go. But if you are sharing….

Leave some for others. It’s the nice thing to do…or so I’ve heard.

Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

makes about 16 roll-ups

recipe from The Food You Crave, by Ellie Krieger

  • 3-4 zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces  soft goat’s cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves

Discard the outermost slices of zucchini and brush the rest of the slices with the oil on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated grill or grill pan for about 4 minutes on each side, or until tender.

In a small bowl combine the goat cheese parsley leaves and lemon juice, mashing with a fork.

Put 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture about 1/2-inch from the end of a zucchini slice. Top with a few spinach leaves and 1 small, or half of a large basil leaf. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. Repeat with the rest of the zucchini slices. You can make these up to  a day before serving. Store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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  • September 10, 2012

    Those little zucchini slices have the most Perfect Grill Marks, ever! And they are like the most adorable little stuffed roll-ups. Genius, Tracy!

  • September 10, 2012

    Those roll-ups Zucchini, looks great… never tasted grilled, but I was anxious to do.
    I normally use this vegetable for soup, salads or cous-cous.
    All is perfect in this post… the recipe, the photos…
    Kisses and good week

  • Sini
    September 10, 2012

    Wow. These look so delicious! On to my to-do list. A perfect appetizer. I can also imagine this served with some amazing grilled meat.

  • BunnyMama
    September 10, 2012

    Perfect! My mother-in-law just gave me a bunch of goat cheese, and I’ve been wondering how to use it up. (like that’s going to be a problem. duh.) So I will definitely be making these! My husband has the week off from work and it’s going to be a sunny one, so I’m sure we’ll be grilling. And I’m always looking for a new way to serve up the mounds of zucchini overflowing from everybody’s gardens this time of year. To be honest, zucchini just doesn’t excite me very much. But this! This looks delicious.

  • September 10, 2012

    These are fabulous! Love this idea!!

  • Jane M
    September 10, 2012

    Yep this is on my TO DO/MAKE list! Wow we love this kind of veggie in my house. Thanks for sharing.

  • September 10, 2012
  • September 10, 2012

    Shut your freaking face right now. I’m dying for these.

  • September 10, 2012

    No shame in eating 4 – I make something very similar as nibbles when I have friends over or my own mid-afternoon snack when work gets too tedious.
    If I’m short on time (and/or fresh herbs) I roll them around nuggets of Boursin cheese (not sure if you guys get it in the U.S.?) but never tried to include spinach which I will be trying out next time!

  • September 10, 2012

    Those look fab! What grill pan do you use?

    • Tracy
      September 10, 2012

      There’s a link in the post!

      • September 10, 2012

        I was curious as well — but it looks like the link takes you to a ‘Page Not Found’ page.

        • Tracy
          September 10, 2012

          link fixed!

  • Ciara
    September 10, 2012

    Well these look absolutely delicious. I can’t get enough goat cheese so actually putting it with things is a good move for me

  • September 10, 2012

    Now THIS is what I need to do with the ever-increasing zucchini harvest! Breaking out the grill ASAP. :)

  • September 10, 2012

    oh, bless you. I really do not naturally make veggie stuff. LAZY. & cereal is just THERE.

    BUT, I even HAVE a grill-kinda-thing like yours but NEVER think of it and NEVER use the outside grill w/o husband. THANK you.

    Genius, & husband loves spinach. May have to bust these out when father-in-law visits. Points!

    (& now I know what those intriguing things were in your every day life post earlier… =) )

  • September 10, 2012

    These roll ups look fantastic! I bet they would be awesome dipped in some marinara!

  • Amanda
    September 10, 2012

    Between these and the ones from the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook, I absolutely need to grill some zucchini tonight!

  • September 10, 2012

    Very cool. Pinned it (with every intention on making it soon)!

  • Sian Therese
    September 10, 2012

    These look uh-mazing! Zucchinis are my favourite vegetable ever, they go in almost everything I cook, and this looks like a delicious way to enjoy them. Thank you!

  • September 10, 2012

    This is such a great little finger food recipe — love it!

  • September 10, 2012

    I opened up your page and saw this and literally said “holy f—” out loud in my office. Even though it’s in Japan, people got the point! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • Tracy
      September 10, 2012

      haha. i love that reaction!

  • September 10, 2012

    Grill pan aside — this is a phenomenal recipe! As a frequenter of vegetarian foods, I find that many veggie options include some kind of sandwich with limp grilled zucchini soaked in balsamic vinegar. Blech. Your roll ups are the antidote — and beautifully photographed as well. Thank you!

    • Tracy
      September 10, 2012

      hope you love it!

  • September 10, 2012

    I wasn’t sad about the end of summer until I saw this recipe! Now I need to get my hands on some zucchini before it’s too late.

    • Tracy
      September 11, 2012

      DO IT.

  • September 11, 2012

    I had a weekend full of sausages and pizza and wiener schnitzel (not the hot dog place, the breaded and fried pork cutlets), so I needed to be reminded too. Thanks Tracy!

    • Tracy
      September 11, 2012

      Haha. Wiener Schnitzel!! We used to go there on the way to Tahoe. I miss that place.

  • September 11, 2012

    I’ve actually been thinking about zucchini roll-ups all summer! I better get on it, there’s only a few days of official summer left. :)

  • September 11, 2012

    Tracy, these look SO good – I would have eaten the whole plate myself too. Nothin’ better than grilled zucchini!

  • September 11, 2012

    i can’t get over how amazing these sound! And I am totally with you loving Indian Summer days :) We’re actually headed to your neck of the woods later this week and I can’t wait–weather forecast looks perfect!

    • Tracy
      September 11, 2012

      Indian Summer forever! Enjoy it here! Bring a few layers :)

  • September 12, 2012

    UM, YUM! So beautiful and delish! Can you recommend any other cheeses that might work? (I LOVE goat cheese but want to make this slightly more kid friendly.) Anything else that’s soft with a less sour taste?
    Thank you!! Amelia

  • September 12, 2012

    oh yum yum yum! I always forget about grilling veggies. This looks perfect for an appy at a party. I’ve been looking for an appy recipe that has some veggies in it – this is perfect! thanks for the recipe
    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}

  • Cali
    September 14, 2012

    We made these last night as an appetizer–delicious! Thank you!

  • September 17, 2012

    I love love love veggie rollups! I make one with eggplant & it’s a family favorite. Definitely bookmarking/pinning this for when my veggie cravings return ;)

  • Autumn
    November 28, 2012

    I had pinned this awhile ago but made them as an appetizer on Thanksgiving and they went as quickly as I made them! There was 15 people there and they kept coming over and eating them as they were rolled up :) Obviously we all loved them! :)

    • Tracy
      November 28, 2012

      That makes me soo happy! I am glad they worked out for you!!!

  • January 28, 2013

    Just made this last night. It was so tasty even though I royally effed up cutting the zucchini so they weren’t very aesthetically pleasing. If you want a good chuckle, here’s a pic: http://stockholmstudyhall.tumblr.com/post/41645870042/1-putting-the-fun-back-into-sunday-funday

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