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Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Zucchini Rolls

It’s easy to get creative with cookies, cakes, and other baked goodies, isn’t it?

Take a chocolate cake for instance.

It can be layered with vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, lemon filling, raspberry filling, peanut butter frosting, whipped meringue, chocolate ganache, and on and on.

But how about getting creative with healthy things?

It’s so easy to get in a rut with vegetables.

You pick up a zucchini and you stare…what do I do with this?

Zucchini Rollatini

Because chances are, you’ve already sauteed it, steamed it, and grilled it.

These preparations get old.

Let’s do something a little more fun with zucchini today.

Toss some artichoke hearts, a handful of fresh parsley, walnuts, lemon zest and juice, and garlic into a food processor:

Artichoke Pesto

Pulse, pulse, pulse.

Stream in some olive oil, and stir in parmigiano reggiano, and you’ll end up with a bowl of this:

Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Grill up some thin slices of zucchini, and spread each zucchini ribbon with a spoonful of the artichoke pesto:

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Pesto

Roll it up, nice and tight:

Zucchini Pesto Rolls

And that’s it! Ready to serve. Easy peasy and a totally delicious celebration of summer veggies.

Grilled Zucchini Ribbons

What is your favorite summer vegetable or fruit? (And because I’m curious, what’s your favorite way to cook it)?

Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Yield: Serves 4-6


2 lbs zucchini (about 2-3 large zucchini)
9 oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and squeezed of excess water
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
the leaves of half a bunch of parsley (about a cup)
1/4 cup walnuts
pinch of salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 oz parmigiano reggiano, grated (about 1/2 cup)


Cut the stem off the zucchinis, then use a mandolin to slice them into long thin ribbons. They should be about 1/8 inch thick, if they're too thin they won't stand up on the own, but if they're too thick, they won't be flexible enough to roll. Give each one a little sprinkle on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat the grill to high, and do a quick sear of the zucchini. Since they are really thin, they should only be on the grill for about 30-60 seconds, just enough to take the raw edge off and give them some pretty little grill marks. Remove the grilled zucchini ribbons to a plate.

In a food processor, throw in the artichoke hearts, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, walnuts, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Let the food processor run for a good 20 seconds, until everything is chopped up, and be sure to stop and scrape down the sides from time to time. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil. Scrape the pesto out into a bowl, and stir in the grated parmesan. Taste it to check for proper seasoning.

Place a spoonful of artichoke pesto into each zucchini ribbon, and roll it up into a little roll. The artichoke pesto is sticky so it should stick together well. Serve and enjoy!

266 comments on “Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

  1. my favorite, all time vegetable is an avocado. salted, eaten right from the skin with a spoon.

  2. i love roasted beets! this recipe looks yummy.

  3. I love peaches, cut up and served with ice cream. And when I have a garden, my favorite are tomatoes straight from the garden.

  4. First time to your site and I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe – I’m always looking for ways to spice up grilled zucchini. Marinated and grilled veggie kebabs with a mix of yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes are probably my favorite go-to summer recipe – easy and delicious.

  5. Favorite fruit is definitely mango! Favorite veggie is tomatoes or zucchini! Love grilled zucchini!

  6. Simple answer: I love all things zucchini.

  7. Corn! Grilled with adobo seasoning and a little butter 😀

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  10. My favorite summer vegetable is sweet corn, grilled with some melted butter/herbs/parmesean cheese! Sweet and salty, so delicious!

  11. I melt for a grilled corn on the cob!

  12. This summer I’ve fallen in love with Swiss chard!

  13. I love pretty much all fruit in the summer! Except for the melons…yuk. And loving to use zucchini in place of pasta! Makes for much healthier dinners. Thanks for the nance to win!

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  16. Props to you for seeing the need for some creativity in the healthy food department! I love this idea!!!

  17. My favorite fruit has to be blueberries for sure… I just pop them in the freezer, then either blend them to make smoothies, add them to my yogurt, or eat them on their own (:

  18. Being a native Iowan I cannot say no to corn! I love it the classic way – steamed with butter, salt and pepper! YUM!

  19. My favorite summer veggie is asparagus and I love to grill it with some garlic grapeseed oil, and a bit of garlic salt and lemon pepper!

  20. I also just liked you on facebook! I was so happy to come across this site via pinterest yesterday!

  21. I like most vegetables, but yesterday I made a fantastic frittata-ish dish with crimini and shiitake mushrooms, a yellow pepper, and swiss chard. The combination of the shiitake and the chard was perfect!

  22. just like on FB! keep it up!

  23. My favorite right now is mangoes! So yummy, I like to put them in my smoothies.

  24. Favorite summer fruit is the PEACH! :) White peaches, yellow peaches.. so juicy and deliciously sweet! I wish I was much more creative with my culinary creations like you, so unfortunately I don’t cook my peaches in any way and eat them straight up right off the pit 😛 Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

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  27. Definitely avocados… especially because my husband is such a southwestern eater, we basically have them with everything. Mix them with black beans, fresh tomatoes, white corn, and a bit of lime juice, S&P and olive oil and you will be in heaven!

  28. You are also officially ‘liked’ by me!

  29. Tough to choose.
    I love yellow squash. I like to wrap it in foil (using garlic powder, oilive oil, salt and pepper) and cook it in the oven while the rest of dinner cooks.


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  31. My favorite summer vegetable is grilled eggplant!

  32. I like you on facebook!

  33. Cherries are my favorite!

  34. Eggplant marinated in tomato juice with garlic, carrots, vinegar, salt and dill. It’s best when left alone for 4-5 days…oh gosh it’s the best summer appetizer!

  35. As simple as it sounds, I love summertime corn. Throw it on the grill, then chop it up for a roasted fresh corn salsa. YUM.

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  38. My favorite summertime fruit is Watermelon! I love the amazing juicy taste it has! I always pick up a watermelon at least one a week at my local Farmers’ Market!

  39. I am a new fan of Fifteen Spatulas on Facebook! Great giveaway!


  40. I love making homemade salsa – the traditional mexican restaurant kind!!

  41. Marina DeForest

    Favorite summer veggie is the humble, everlasting Tomato. So good & can be used in almost everything. Plant as many as possible during early summer. Preserve to use ALL year round. Can’t say enough about the Tomato.

  42. What a gorgeous way to make zucchini.

    My favorite summer fruit is strawberries. One time a year we make strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, and it is one of the best days of the year!
    Veggies – zuchhini and tomatoes have to be up there. Zucchini in anyway shape or form is good for me. And salsa is something I just have a major weakness for!

  43. Tomatoes!!! Take a cherry tomato, cut off the top and scoop out the middle. Next, fill with a cream cheese (low fat), chives, bacon mixture and let chill. Yum!

  44. My favorite summer fruit is definitely peaches, and I love to grill them.

    This is such a creative way to use zucchini!

  45. pineapple and I love to grill it and serve it over Ice Cream

  46. liked the like the Fifteen Spatulas Facebook Page

  47. Strawberries. I love grilling them and using them for strawberry shortcake. I also like eating them with sour cream and brown sugar.

  48. Shishito peppers fried in olive oil with salt and pepper…cannot stop eating them until they’re all gone!

  49. These look delicious! I have a bunch of zucchini so I might try it this weekend!

  50. Favorite summer fruit is watermelon and really the best way to have it is cut up and cold from the frig.

  51. My absolute favorite summer fruit it peaches. I’m running out for another case now!
    This zucchini wrap is fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out!

  52. My favorite is watermelon, and I love eating it chilled and tossed with feta, Olive oil, basil, and pine nuts. Makes for an awesome salad!

  53. Liked the FB page long ago! love you!

  54. My favorite would have to be cherries! Not only are they delicious as is, but they’re so good in sweet and savory dishes!

  55. Rainer cherries — in my opinion, the most delicious fruit on earth. Eaten by the handfuls, of course!

  56. Tomatillos! I make salsa verde and can it for the winter.

  57. My favorite summer fruit prep are grilled peaches! :)

  58. Like you on facebook!

  59. sour cherries and strawberries in an oatmeal crisp

  60. This recipe sounds so delish! My favourite summer veggie though is sweet corn. While my go to way to make it is just grilling it up, it’s perfect on a cool summer day for corn chowder.

  61. Wow this looks so delicious, I’ve been looking for some new ways to use my zucchini this summer!

    Zucchini is my favorite veggie to cook during the summer, I usually roast it with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic, yum! And I love grilled nectarines during summertime as well. :)

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  63. Gina M (crave to save)

    Strawberries! I love them in smoothies!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  64. Gina M (crave to save)

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  65. The cucumber… So many refreshing ways to enjoy. I start in the morning by going out and picking the biggest freshest cucumber… Then I start with a few slices in my water jug. I slice up the rest for a lite breakfast (whole wheat toast, low fat ricotta, cucumber slices and Italian seasoning). I cube the rest of the cucumber for a tomato /cucumber/pasta salad to take to work for the day. And then I don’t have any left overs.

  66. domestic diva

    I love avocados, and I like them straight up.

  67. tomatoes! I just like them fresh and raw – maybe in a simple salad with basil, olive oil, and S&P.

  68. I also liked the FB page =]

  69. Avocado is relatively new to me, so I’m still loving that as a raw addition to all of my dishes

  70. Lately I’ve been enjoying watermelon with lime…refreshing!

  71. This is right up my alley. They look gorgeous…cook book quality photograph!

  72. Jailyn Channell

    Eggplant!!! I absolutely love making eggplant parmesan for my family, the first time I made it they didn’t even realize there was no meat!!! hahaha:)

  73. Hands down: pineapple. It can be simple: dehydrated, fresh, frozen (yum), and it is mindblowing. Put the possibilities are endless. Grill it in rings, and it’s a wonderful sandwich or burger garnish. Put it into a gazpacho soup for a refreshing zing and burst of flavor. Puree it with some coconut cream or butter and run it in an ice cream maker for a delectable dessert. Ginger-pineapple infused rum for a special mixer. Hummus, pineapple, avocado sandwich with the Arkansas summer’s fresh and flavorful cucumbers and beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Amazing in a tuna-avocado-jalapeno salad. Should I go on? Next thing on my bucket list.. move somewhere where I can take a daily walk to a market for fresh, tree-ripened pineapple.

  74. My favorite is Jersey tomatoes sliced thick with fresh mozarella, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil & rock salt. Preferrable eaten overlooking the ocean at sunset.

  75. Fresh Jersey tomatoes sliced thick with mozarella, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil & rock salt. Preferrably eaten overlooking the beach at sunset.

  76. Fresh crisp garden cucumbers……..peeled, sliced in edible size pieces, add very thinly sliced purple onions. Then in separate bowl: mix sour cream, splash apple cider vinegar, sugar to taste, and….fresh dill to taste. Mix well and add to cucumbers with onions. Yummmmmmmmmm………..very summery indeed.

    • Fresh red peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned, stuffed with crushed tomatoes, sour cream, and anchovies, spices of your choice (but crashed red pepper among them), baked in a 300F oven for 10/15 minutes.

  77. Oh my gosh this looks great! I will try this soon. It will probably be added to the menu of my Health & Fitness Vacation I am hosting this Nov. in St. Augustine! It looks like a perfect afternoon beach snack! Check it out on my blog! Spots are still open :)

  78. Alison Palmatier

    Tomatoes and peaches. My favorite way to eat peaches is fresh with the juice dribbling down your arms and chin. My favorite way to prepare tomatoes (besides tomato sauce, salsa, and slow roasted) is to dice them up with garlic, fresh basil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper and put that over pasta. Oh, this is making me long for more summer fruits and veggies!

  79. My favorite summer fruit is pineapple, cut into planks, grilled and finished with a squirt of fresh lime juice.

  80. My favorite summer fruit is cantelope…You can do so much with it…smoothies, fruit salad, and just fresh cut! YUM!

  81. Thanks for this recipe!! It was so yummy. And simple. I used creamy goat cheese in place of parm. I ate almost the whole thing for lunch. Tart and filling. Yum. Thank you!

  82. I love fresh tomatoes….let me count the ways
    1. Wash tomatoes and take a big bite!
    2. Bruschetta
    3. Fresh salsa
    4. Fresh marinara sauce

  83. I know this recipe was posted long ago but I’ve only just now stumbled upon it. I’m dying to make it but have a nut allergy. Does anyone know if it’s possible to make this without the walnuts?

  84. Favorite fruit or fruits I should say would probably be berries and pineapple. The pineapple I love to grill on the BBQ. I have several berry bushes and love to just pick and eat. Your zucchini recipe looks fabulous. Going to a party and making it to bring. Thanks so much.

  85. OMG thank God these are on your homepage slideshow, because apparently, I missed this post last year. These are so creative and sound amazing!! Bookmarking for sure. x

  86. These roll-ups are absolutely stunning! I love how thinly sliced the zucchini is. These will be perfect for a summer barbecue!

  87. This is such a great idea!! I always have an abundance of zucchini and pesto rocks!

  88. You have definitely found a way to get creative with veggies! Love these!

  89. This recipe sounds delicious and the end result is so beautiful! I would have made these last year for my sister’s July wedding had I known about them. My favorite summer veggie is fresh, raw yellow corn – to me it’s so much sweeter when uncooked. I love it in a salad with tomatoes and onion <3

  90. Could you make this with traditional pesto (made with basil) instead of parsley?

  91. these look great, and deliciously creative!

  92. Mmmmm… looks and sounds scrumpious!!!!! :)
    I LOVE veggies!!
    And saw your question. Fave fruit raspberries, goji berries & watermelon!!!
    As doe. Veg… oh gee…. no idea… I really love most veggies! Haha

  93. Hi, this sounds delicious and I plan to make it this weekend.
    Do you serve your rolls hot or cold?

  94. these look great! i was just wondering if anyone knew how many calories there were per each bite?

  95. I have a prepared bottled pesto that I will try instead of making it from scratch.My hubby will NOT eat any squash of any kind so I have to make it for one so I will use a lot less of above ingred.I like zucchini and have made many loaves of bread with it(hubby likes that) so will go shopping today and buy what I need.Good recipe.

  96. Hi, I’m a little confused. I saw the notice at the bottom of the recipe about not publishing this without permission. This recipe looks great. Do you permit people to “Pin” your recipes without permission? I ask, because I have known others who do not like their recipes on Pinterest. Do I have permission to “Pin” this?

    • Hi Jackie, pinning is fine. What I’m trying to deter is people who copy and paste the entire post and photos, and post to their website, claiming it as their own. Hope that clarifies =)

  97. Susan Richards

    How much ahead can you make these?

  98. These sound amazing! I would love to serve these at a party…. Can they be made ahead of time?

  99. Hi I am in a challenge group for weight loss and I was just wanting to let you know that I am sharing this on the group I put your address on there so they know I got it from you. If you want me to take it down just email me and I will do so. these just look soooo darn good.

  100. Can I use canned. Artichoke hearts?

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