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Roasted Zucchini with Chili-Mint Vinaigrette

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Roasted Zucchini with Chili-Mint Vinaigrette

- Merrill

Last summer, I fell in love with this preparation for zucchini, using mint and chili, after I ate something like it at one of my favorite local restaurants in Brooklyn. This year, I'm still loving zucchini with mint and chili, but I decided to come at it from a slightly different angle. Last week, inspired by the genius of Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer's recent roasted zucchini lunch, I decided to try roasting the squash. 

To get the flavors of the mint and chili to really soak into the zucchini, I whisked together a simple vinaigrette with sherry vinegar, fresh chopped mint and chili flakes and drizzled this over the squash before roasting it. I drizzled some more over the cooked zucchini and served it after it had cooled for a few minutes. This is a dish that can be made ahead and served cold or at room temperature, or eaten straight from the oven. Whichever you choose, make sure you start with excellent zucchini -- it'll make all the difference.

Roasted Zucchini with Chili-Mint Vinaigrette

Serves 6

  • 3 tablespoons red wine or sherry vinegar
  • Pinch sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Large pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 medium zucchini and/or summer squash

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Like this post? See Merrill's post from last week: Radish and Escarole Salad with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Photos by William Brinson

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