Scored Zucchini with Whipped Goat Cheese

30 Minutes

super easy


This Scored Zucchini with Whipped Goat Cheese is the perfect low-effort, low-ingredient recipe that looks and tastes a lot fancier than it is.

Zucchini is a powerhouse vegetable filled with tons of vitamins and minerals, which offers loads of positive health benefits. It’s packed with several essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains an impressive amount of dietary fiber which the majority of Americans don’t get enough of. Though not its *most important* quality, it is also important to note that zucchini is a low-calorie food, which is good to be aware of if you’re building calorie awareness or actively trying to lose weight.

Impress your friends and family with this healthy and delicious unique zucchini dish! Pairs great with a quinoa salad and a piece of wild-caught salmon or any seasoned lean protein. This zucchini recipe will please your taste buds and also (and importantly) your wallet and your schedule as it’s cheap as hell (see break down below) and requires very few ingredients.

Why You’ll Love It

  • It’s super quick to make with very few ingredients
  • Highly customizable depending on what you have at home
  • Goes great with just about every kind of salad and or lean protein
  • Part of a whole foods diet without compromising taste

Recipe Cost Breakdown

     1 zucchini: $0.57

      1 tbsp neutral, high temperature oil such avocado oil: $0.45

      4 cloves garlic: $0.24

      3 tbsp goat cheese: $2.24

      1 tsp salt: $0.04

      2 tsp extra virgin olive oil: $0.10

      2 tbsp plain yogurt: $0.25

      1 tablespoon fresh mint: $1.34

      1 tsp lemon juice: $0.05

      Total Cost: $5.28

What You’ll Need

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1 zucchini or summer squash
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp neutral, high temperature oil such avocado oil
For the spread
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp goat cheese
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp plain yogurt
½ tsp salt (I used Jane’s)
1 tablespoon fresh mint
1 tsp lemon juice

Nutritional Information

344 Calories
30 g Total Fat
3510 mg Sodium
12 g Total Carbs
2 g Fiber
5 g Sugar
8 g Protein



Wash and halve the zucchini lengthwise. Then, score the cut side in a crosshatch pattern (see photo above), so that the salt can be absorbed.
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Generously salt the scored side of the zucchini so that it is evenly distributed. Then, leave the zucchini for 10 - 15 minutes. This will help to draw out unwanted moisture.
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While the zucchini is sitting, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. After 10 - 15 minutes, pat the zucchini dry with paper towels.
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Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat and pour enough oil to coat the bottom. Then, add the zucchini, cut side down, and adjust the heat to allow the zucchini to sear and caramelize without burning.
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Cook for about 5 minutes, checking occasionally, until zucchini browns. Then, flip zucchini and place in the oven to cook for 20 - 25 minutes or until the zucchini is completely soft.
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While zucchini are roasting, combine garlic, goat cheese, extra virgin olive oil, plain yogurt, salt seasoning, fresh mint and lemon juice in a small food processor. Blend until creamy.
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Once zucchini is finished, transfer to a serving plate and enjoy over a generous spread of the whipped goat cheese mixture.
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