Summer squash is roasted with lemon and mint and tossed with Feta cheese for this delicious Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta, and this tasty dish is low-carb, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and perfect for Meatless Monday!
Mint is a perennial herb that lots of gardeners love to hate, but I've been a mint fan for many years now and I even shared my ideas for Cooking with Fresh Mint in a post a few years back. Two things I know about growing mint: (1) Be sure it's planted in a spot where it's completely contained by some kind of barrier or it will take over everything in its path! (2) Mint is very hardy, and if you have mint growing you're probably searching for ways to use it by mid summer.
And at my house we're still looking for ways to use the zucchini that keeps showing up in the garden as well, so this Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta seems like a perfect idea for Meatless Monday this week.
The idea of roasting zucchini with lemon and chopped fresh mint came from a recipe I found in Vegetable Love, and I was skeptical about the idea of roasting mint, but it definitely worked! I've made this quite a few times, and through the years I started using lots more mint than the original recipe called for. And then one time I had the idea of tossing the finished dish with a generous amount of crumbled Feta cheese, which definitely kicked it up several notches.
If you're a vegetarian or faithful Meatless Monday fan, you can find more meatless main dishes or side dishes with the photo-index pages for Meatless Recipes or Vegan Recipes. And you also might like my Meatless Monday Pinterest Board with meatless recipe ideas from food bloggers all around the web!
(Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta was first posted in 2007 and updated with better photos and the addition of Feta cheese in August 2016.)
Cut up the zucchini and/or summer squash into strips about two inches long. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint, and salt. Put the squash in a bowl and toss with the mint mixture, then spread it out on a baking sheet, in a single layer as much as possible. (Mine is a bit too crowded! It's best to have some space between the squash even if you need to use two baking sheets.)
Roast the squash about 35-45 minutes (or until it has browned to your liking), turning every 15 minutes or so. When the squash is down, toss it with the crumbled Feta.
Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and serve hot or at room temperature. For a low-carb Meatless Monday dinner, I think this would be great with Green Tomato Gazpacho or Spicy Cabbage Salad.
And just for fun, here's the original photo of this recipe from 2007 when I had a lot to learn about food styling!
Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta
(Makes 4 generous servings, recipe adapted from Vegetable Love.)
5-6 yellow summer squash or zucchini, about 8 inches long
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
1/2 cup very finely chopped mint, or more (measure after chopping)
salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp.)
1 cup crumbled Feta cheese (more or less to taste)
fresh-ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 475 F, and put oven rack as high as it will go. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Wash squash and cut off stem and flower ends. Cut each squash into quarters lengthwise, then cut into pieces about 2 inches long.
Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mint and salt ; then put that mixture into a plastic bowl and toss squash with the mixture. Arrange squash on roasting pan, in a single layer as much as possible. (I would recommend using two baking sheets if it seems really crowded.)
Roast squash, turning every 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned and cooked to your liking. I turned my squash twice, with a total cooking time of 45 minutes, but I would start checking after 35 minutes. When the squash is done, put it back into the same bowl and toss with the Feta cheese.
Season with fresh-ground black pepper to taste. This can be served hot or at room temperature.
Low-Carb Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a perfect low-carb side dish that would be great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you omit the Feta cheese the recipe could also be Paleo or Whole 30 approved, as well as vegan.
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More Delicious Ideas for Summer Squash:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)
The BEST Slow Cooker Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch
Kalyn's Top Ten Most Popular Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn's Kitchen