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

Zucchini Pesto Roll Ups on White Platter

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?

Thinly Sliced Zucchini Ribbons

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 Ingredients like Artichoke Hearts, Parsley, Walnuts, Lemon, and Garlic in Food Processor

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 Mixture in Glass Bowl

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

Spreading Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with the Pesto

Roll it up, nice and tight:

Rolling Up the Zucchini Filled with Pesto

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

Grilled Zucchini Ribbons Stuffed with Artichoke Pesto on White Plate

Also check out my Ultimate Guide to Zucchini! It covers how to store zucchini, how to pick a good one at the grocery, and 60+ recipe ideas using zucchini.

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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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  • 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!


Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 236mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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