Baked Zucchini with Feta Cheese

This baked zucchini with feta cheese recipe is a healthy, low-glycemic dish perfect for summer. The zucchini retains a delightful crunch, while the feta cheese adds a zesty flavor.

Garnished with fresh tomatoes, this refreshing dish is not only nutritious but also bursting with vibrant flavors, making it an excellent choice for a light and satisfying meal.

baked zucchini with feta cheese on a black plate with tomatoes around it and a brown napkin.

Why I LOVE This Recipe!

I love this baked zucchini and feta cheese recipe because it keeps the zucchini delightfully crunchy, avoiding the mushiness I dislike. I give you expert tips too on how to make sure your recipe stays firm.

The refreshing dressing made with olive oil and herbs adds a healthy and excellent flavor. The feta cheese brings a perfect zesty touch that I adore. It’s a fantastic side dish for summer, complementing our baked chicken and feta recipe beautifully!

This combination of textures and flavors makes it a standout dish in my summer meal rotation. It’s also SO easy to make, any rookie can throw this together and I can all but guarantee you that you can’t mess it up.

Prepare to impress anyone when you offer to bring a baked vegetable dish.

Ingredients

baked zucchini with feta cheese ingredients.
  • Fresh zucchini should be used in this recipe, don’t swap out for frozen or you’ll have a sloppy mess on your hands! The fresher the better because as zucchini sits it gets softer and softer by the day. If you can find the biggest zucchini in the bunch, that will work the best for this recipe!
  • You can use any kind of tomatoes that you want for this recipe. I personally like the small cherry tomatoes because you get more skin which makes for a nice crunchy garnish on top of the zucchini.

Storage

I HIGHLY recommend serving this dish fresh. Zucchini is a funny vegetable that does not store well once it’s baked. It has such a high water content that it degrades and becomes mushier as time goes on.

If you do need to store it you can store it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, but if you want optimal texture and quality, I would bake and serve it relatively quickly.

Substitutions & Additions

  • Like I said before, any kind of tomatoes will work for this recipe. They add a nice acidity, freshness and crunch to the recipe. All types will work.
  • You can add nuts to the top of this dish as they add a great crunch to it as well! I’ve tried a few different kinds and the best ones so far have been roasted pine nuts and crushed pistachios! Both are delicious on this recipe.
  • I added olive oil to this recipe, but if you wanted to swap out for another type of oil you can! Make sure you like the flavour though because you will likely taste a bit in the final dish.

Since there are so few ingredients to this simple recipe there are not a lot of substitutions and additions.

baked zucchini with feta cheese on a black plate.

Health Benefits

I’m always proposing recipes that are relatively low glycemic index to fall in line with my philosophy of eating. This dish boasts nothing but low glycemic ingredients, so it will be a great addition to any meal!

Zucchini

Zucchini has a glycemic index score of 15, and glycemic load of only 1! So if you’re looking for an ingredient that has loads of fiber (6 grams!) then this vegetable needs to be added to your summer cooking schedule!

Feta Cheese

While we don’t want to have boat loads of feta cheese, in moderation it is a great addition to a healthy diet! It is an excellent source of protein, low in carbohydrates, a good source of phosphorous, copper, zinc, manganese and Vitamin B6!

It is still considered a low glycemic index food with a score of 30. So it is safe to eat on the low glycemic index diet.

Expert Recipe Tips

Slice the zucchini very thick! I recommend at minimum 1/2 inch slices, if you want them thicker that is good too!

The shorter the cooking time the better for the texture of the zucchini. You want it to maintain some degree of firmness. 15 minutes is my recommended maximum.

You don’t need to use all of the dressing, use just enough that all pieces have had some poured on it, you can save the rest and use as a salad dressing.

baked zucchini with feta cheese on a black plate.

Baked Zucchini with Feta Cheese

Michelle Saari RD MSc
This baked zucchini with feta cheese recipe features tender zucchini slices topped with creamy, tangy feta, creating a light and flavorful side dish that's perfect for summer meals. Easy to prepare and packed with fresh, vibrant flavors, it's a healthy addition to any table.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Zucchinis
  • 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese

Garnish

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
  • Dash Sea Salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 Degrees Farenheit.
  • In a bowl mix together olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt.
  • Cut up the zucchini into 1/2 inch slices. You want to keep these thicker so they remain slightly firm upon baking.
  • In an oven safe dish either line with tin foil or put in a non-stick cooking dish. If you don't have either you can pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in it and spread around so the zucchini doesn't stick to the bottom.
  • Spread the zucchini into a single layer around the baking dish.
  • Pour the oil mixture on top of the zucchini.
  • Top with feta cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Optional: Top with chopped tomatoes, extra feta cheese and pinch sea salt on top of the entire dish!

Notes

  • You want to slice the zucchini into even thick slices.  If you slice it too thin you will need to shorten the baking time.  You want to have some slight crunch/texture to your zucchini to maintain its firmness.  Zucchini tends to get very soft when cooked, keeping it thicker prevents this.
  • You do not need to use all of the olive oil mixture if your zucchinis are evenly coated.  Use just enough that each zucchini piece has some on it.
  • The optional toppings, especially the sea salt can add some great crunch and extra flavour to the dish!  I recommend not baking the tomatoes as they will add a nice texture at the end!
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