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Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

I wanted to make a nice veggie to go with the Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa and the Southwestern Rice Pilaf.  After looking through the refrigerator I found some zucchini that needed to be used up.  I seasoned the zucchini with some lime juice, olive oil, and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then grilled it up in my grill pan until tender.  I served this grilled zucchini topped with lime zest and cotija cheese.  It was the perfect side dish to pair with the rice and chicken.

Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

Cut the zucchini into spears then place into a shallow bowl.  Drizzle the top with the lime juice, olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Toss to coat evenly.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat then coat with cooking spray.  Place the zucchini into the grill pan and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes or until it has nice grill marks and the zucchini is tender.  Place the zucchini on a serving plate then sprinkle the top with lime zest and grated cotija cheese.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

 

Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

Zucchini with Lime and Cotija Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini cut into spears
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lime
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Zest of one lime
  • Cotija cheese grated

Instructions

  • Cut the zucchini into spears then place into a shallow bowl. Drizzle the top with the lime juice, olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Toss to coat evenly.
  • Heat a grill pan over medium high heat then coat with cooking spray. Place the zucchini into the grill pan and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes or until it has nice grill marks all over and the zucchini is tender. Place the zucchini on a serving plate then sprinkle the top with lime zest and grated cotija cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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28 Comments

  1. This is a yummy use of zucchini Pam! A great side dish.

  2. Hi Pam,
    Amazing combination of flavours and spectacular result!!
    Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe with us.
    Cheers,
    Lia.

  3. Cotija!!! That was pretty much all I needed to see. Great side dish!

  4. Kim in MD says:

    I can just imagine how delicious this was with the chicken and the rice, Pam! You make the most delicious meals!

  5. I’ve never heard of cotija cheese. What is it?

    1. Cotija cheese is a Mexican white cheese that is salty and wonderful. You will usually find it near the chorizo in most grocery stores. I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Pam

  6. This looks absolutely perfect. I’m completely hooked on the taste of lime with my vegetables this summer.

  7. We see zucchinis everywhere now that they are in seasons. I like to try different recipes with them. This looks good.

  8. We would love this — I find myself often with an idea that isn’t quite going to make it with what I have on hand, so it’s fun to add a new flavor to the mix. The zucchini is perfect for this — especially with that nice, salty Cotija.

  9. Hi, this looks great 🙂 was just wondering how much of zucchini have you used? 🙂

    1. Thank you for letting me know! I have corrected the recipe to add the zucchini.

      Cheers,
      Pam

  10. Oh, I saw in photo that you used 2 zucchini! Sorry 😀

  11. I love zucchini raw or cooked. This sounds like a great recipe, and perfect to round out your meal.

  12. This was a wonderful side dish. Brenda and I really enjoyed it.
    Thanks for the great recipes.

    Ann

  13. Cotija cheese makes me happy! It’s salty goodness is so delicious on veggies.

  14. Working on the saltiness idea, I wonder if feta or even good English Wensleydale could be substituted for Cotija? Both substitutes need crumbling as they don’t grate/shred well but I’ll give it a try.