Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Zucchini ribbons are grilled and rolled with a delicious artichoke pesto for a creative and delicious summer appetizer!

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

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Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

 Zucchini ribbons are grilled and rolled with a delicious artichoke pesto for a creative and delicious summer appetizer!

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Information Serves 6     adjust servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 178kcal Calories from fat 116
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 236mg10%
Carbohydrate 12g4%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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