Honey Balsamic Grilled Zucchini with Avocado and Feta
I almost can’t stand it when something you try really, really works together. I know, I know.. it’s not “Iron chef” material, but hey isn’t part of the reason we love cooking is for the excitement of combining ingredients into something remotely edible?
These are super simple to make so don’t start freaking, I am like most of you, I enjoy simple, uncomplicated bites that I can hungrily shove into my mouth. They have sweetness from the balsamic and honey, smokiness from the paprika and grilling, creamy from avocado a tang of salt form the feta. Creamy, sweet, salty and grilled flavor really, can you go wrong?
The squash can even be grilled the day before, just fill and roll before serving. There is smoked paprika in the marinade, so feel free to sprinkle some on also for that extra pop of color. I went at these like a mad woman with my camera, due to a “always starving” 5 yr old tugging my shirt, so they were spared my sprinkle love. Try them as an appetizer or heck serve them as a side dish, or even better make extra and stash them away for yourself so lunch the next day. Enjoy, Sweetlife..
Honey Balsamic Grilled Zucchini with Avocado and Feta
Honey balsamic marinade
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- combine all and whisk together, taste for seasoning, set aside
*feel free to double, I always do for a quick fish or chicken dinner the next day**
make about 8-12 depending on size of squash
- 1 yellow squash
- 1 zucchini
- 1 large avocado. or 2 small
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- feta cheese
- with a peeler, mandolin or knife cut your veggies lengthwise into strips, try no to cut them either too thin or too thick, for easier rolling.
- heat your grill or indoor grill pan
- brush your marinade on the veggies and place on the heated grill, lay crosswise if you desire grill marks, they do make for a nice presentation.
- grill on each side until slightly tender, about 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.
- While the veggies cool, cut and place you avocado into a bowl and mash, adding lemon juice.
- crumble your feta
- when veggies are cool spread the mashed avocado and add your feta.
- roll and either place seam side down, or attach festive toothpick.
- serve along side leftover marinade.
***Texas local ingredients used was the honey, from Fain’s ( Fain’s )
I am submitting these rolls into the Quickies challenge hosted by Denise and Larazo.
Talk about looking and sounding totally amazing…….
They look delicious! I like the idea with feta. I’m sure it takes some time to …
Kitchen Butterfly says
Have you heard of food52? A community for homecooks where weekly theme contests are part of the deal. This week, its summer squash and this looks stunning…..which is why I’m urging you to submit it (you’ll have to register) but if you win….the recipe goes in a cookbook! Yum
Oooh, those are so professionally beautiful, and look very tasty! I love how simple they are too.
Very nice =).
Dinners & Dreams says
Thsese rolls look amazing!
YUM. I LOVE feta, so this recipe caught my attention immediately. Thank you for sharing.
Marina@ epicurean aspirations says
Awesome! These would be perfect for a cocktail party…. I love feta and avocados, never though of putting them together before though! Love it
Zucchini… LOVE LOVE!!!! and I love how they look like veggie sushi rolls. MUST TRY!!!
I have been trying to come up w a new way to cook zucchini, I think this is perfect! Can’t wait to try! thx!
Cristina - TeenieCakes says
All great ingredients…had me at avocado and feta (I adore feta). These are great rolls with a delicious combination of ingredients. Get this published…it’s original and sounds fantastic!
Fight the Fat Foodie says
You had me at honey and balsamic, but then you said grilled zucchini and avocado and feta! I absolutely love all of these ingredients. I agree with you about how wonderful the feeling is when something comes together. You did a great job here.
Wonderfully creative – the mashed avocado with the tang of feta all rolled together in grilled zucchini is a smile on the dinner plate. If I was your son, I’d be nagging for a bite also.
Casey Angelova says
This look fantastic. I think they will go well as starters for a BBQ I am having this weekend. I am a bit obsessed with feta (That is the name of my dog) and honey balsamic dressing. Great combo. I feel I might need to do some shoveling myself.
Roti n Rice says
These sound so good and they look great. Love the presentation!
Cook with Madin says
Great dish and presentation. I love all the combination of flavors. Thank you for sharing.
I’m going to make these when we go camping. Looks and sounds amazing. I love simplicity.
Great dish with delightful flavors. I love simple foods that taste wonderful.
Oh my gosh I am so going to try these. A fabulous combination of flavors and they sound oh so simple to prepare. That’s my kind of recipe. Your photos are really inspiring I have to tell you. Thanks for the lovely post!!
Sidney Kan says
wow this is explosively delicious man!
Soon my kitchen will be filled with summer squash…and your recipe will come in very handy indeed ;o)
Good luck with your very creative entry!
Flavourful wishes, Claudia
These look fantastic, Bonnie! Nice presentation! Great as sides especially for this season when the grill is in use on such a regular basis 🙂 I’m loving the combination of sweet, salty, and smoky flavors…thanks for sharing this 😉
5 Star Foodie says
Beautiful rolls! Very creative! The marinade sounds terrific and very flavorful with addition of paprika!
These rolls look so sound and sounds so tasty. I love smoked paprika and with honey, wow!
What a pretty and super delicious snack these are. So many great flavors, rolled into one bite. Great combination!
Just the title of this post has got me drooling…and then I see the pics…with the zucchini stuffed FAT with all that lovely filling….Ah! What a great appetizer!
Such a unique recipe! Looks beautiful!
Cute little creations Bonnie 🙂
Zucchinis won’t be ready for a while up where I am, but I look forward to trying these. As Denise said, great combination of ingredients!
I love that you used local honey too 😉
Bonnie, these look so good. I should be getting squash in this week’s veggie box, so will give them a try.
Bonnie, those look so good! I should be getting squash in this week’s veggie box, so will give them a try.
That looks great! And I’m not too crazy about Zucchinni. 😛 But it has cheese, and it’s grilled. So it’s gotta be good.
Une entrée qui semble délicieuse.
Les photos sont magnifiques.
hava a nice sunday.
Dear Bonnie – Whatever you do, you do in style! So naturally these look amazing, will taste even better and are a must keep in mind for the summer!
Thanks for another great one 🙂
Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
Christine @ Fresh Local and Best says
This looks like a good and simple appetizer. This will be great come summer when zucchinis appear everywhere at the market.
Yum Bonnie, these do sound good! I love how simple they are, and your pics are so cute as always. I think I would know your photos anywhere-there is a certain style to them…
Baking is my Zen says
Very simple and delish!! Love all the elements involved. Nice photos.
Baking is my Zen says
Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective says
They look beautiful and sounds amazing! Wonderful flavor combination! Will try!
Three of my favorite things….what a unique combination of textures and flavors. I can’t wait to give this a try.
Wow, those look -so- good! A great excuse to break out the grill, too. I even have vegan feta and agave-flavored honey on hand! I think it was meant to be.
These are so pretty and they sound delicious! What an awesome combination of flavors!
all my favorite ingredients! yum!
thanks for stopping by my blog. 😉
A Canadian Foodie says
Creamy sweet salty smoky with a tang? How CAN you go wrong? And, they are absolutely GORGEOUS. I am having a little gathering next week. These will be ON the menu. Perfect, and timely. YUM
I am all about simple and delicious! Sometimes you are hungry and just want food NOW. I love the cast of characters in these zucchini roll-ups. Feta, avocado, and honey?!?!? Now that is a force to be reckoned with.
Belinda @zomppa says
They may be simple, but they look so sophisticated!!
denise @ quickies on the dinner table says
Woweeee! Not one, not two, but THREE things I love in this! A wonderful combination of avocado, feta and zucchini! Love the mellow tang of balsamic and the smokiness from grilling YUM!