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Grilled Zucchini with Lemony Garlic Tahini Sauce

Summer is the time that most of us are swimming in zucchini but lacking inspiration on what to do with them. This super-quick side dish solves that issue with absolutely delicious results. Slender spears of squash are the perfect vehicle for this garlicky sauce that, frankly, you’ll want to slather on every seasonal veggie.

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Grilled Zucchini with Lemony Garlic Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Misfits Market


For those nights you forgot that you had to cook dinner (it happens!), this summery side dish comes through in a pinch. Double the Middle Eastern-inspired sauce if you like for dipping crudité or drizzling over salads.




  1. Slice zucchini lengthwise, then cut each halve in half to create four pieces per zucchini Transfer to a large mixing bowl and coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add tahini, lemon juice, water, and garlic to blender and mix until smooth in consistency. Set aside.
  3. Place a grill pan over medium heat. Grill each side of the zucchini slices for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. When ready to serve, transfer to a serving dish, drizzle with tahini sauce, and top with microgreens.

What can I substitute for tahini?

No tahini on hand? No problem! Because it’s made from sesame seeds, you can swap in another seed or nut butter, like cashew, sunflower, or peanut butter. Cashew butter is the most neutral-tasting option. If you’re looking to replace tahini in a sauce or dip, Greek yogurt is a good substitute. Just remember that Greek yogurt has a different texture, so you may need to adjust the amount you use. To get tahini’s signature sesame flavor, try including sesame oil with any of the swaps.

Comments (2)

I already know this recipe is going to create an amazing simple dish, so excited to go grocery shopping for some tahini.

I couldn’t believe this tasted so great with only a few ingredients. Other recipes called for half a spoon of honey or maple syrup and it turned out great. I

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