Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad

by Marla on July 30, 2010 · 43 comments

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Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

I was doing my blog surfing yesterday morning and paid a visit to my buddies White on Rice Couple. They always have captivating blog posts, this one in particular offered a unique opportunity. They are a part of the super fun Summer Fest community. This is the third year of this blogger event. Each week until the end of August Margaret Roach from A Way to Garden has chosen a garden fresh produce selection for us. It is up to the community to create recipes and share our creations with the world. It is a unique opportunity to meet new bloggers and showcase the summer’s bounty.

Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Summer Fest sweeps a broad range of participants. There are gardeners, bloggers and recipe developers. I have something to confess to you all. I am not a gardener. No green thumb over here. Feel free to hand over your garden fresh fruits & veggies. I’ll create something special & tasty with them. I think we are all put onto this Earth to celebrate our unique talents and growing things in my backyard has never been one of them.

Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com This week Summer Fest celebrates Zukes and Cukes. I went with Zukes for this recipe. Greek salads are my go-to year round salad. Usually I combine feta & chopped veggies with varied lettuces or baby spinach leaves. Here I play around with texture and use julienned zucchini to mix things up a bit. It is amazing how a veggie can be cut & trimmed in so many ways. Each presentation gives it a special twist in a dish. For example, I usually cut my zucchini into rounds or spears. In this salad the julienne makes this salad kind of like a slaw.

Recipe for chopped vegetable salad with cheese. This zucchini salad is a nice replacement for traditional cole slaw. I would love to try using it as an alternative topping for a hot dog or burger. Next time you BBQ, hold the relish & sauerkraut & try something new.

Each bite of this salad is filled with briny olive flavor, salty feta & crisp veggies. The bell pepper maintains lots of crunch while the zucchini marinates and softens very quickly. Serve this salad nice and cold, straight out of the fridge is best.

Pre schooler holding berry

Who says kids don’t eat their veggies? The Nugget can’t keep his hands off these Zukes.

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Pre school boy eating zucchini

What kinds of unique ways do you use zucchini? Feel free to share some links in your comments!

Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

Zucchini Feta Cheese Chopped Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large Zucchini cut into quarters
  • 1 chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 4 ounces crumbled Feta Cheese
  • handful chopped Cherry Tomatoes
  • handful of chopped Kalamata Olives
  • splash Garlic Olive Oil (or plain Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • pinch of ground Black Pepper
  • some fresh or dried Dill

Method

  • Julienne zucchini in food processor. Put in medium bowl and gently toss with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Notes
  • Enjoy this salad as soon as you prepare it as it tends to get watery when stored in the refrigerator.
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2010/07/30/zucchini-feta-cheese-chopped-salad-summer-fest/

Zucchini Recipe Links

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Matt Armendariz of MattBites made that neato Summer Fest logo above. Here is a list of the host bloggers for Summer Fest 2010. At these blogs you will find more Zucchini and Cucumber recipe links. If you create a post leave a comment on these host blogs and link to your creation along with your twitter name.

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1 Maria July 30, 2010 at 7:19 am

What a cutie:) Love the salad too! I am loving this cucumber feta salad:
http://twopeasandtheirpod.com/cucumber-feta-salad/

What a fun summer event!

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2 Alison July 30, 2010 at 7:24 am

This looks amazing, and he is adorable. Your photography rocks!

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3 Jenny Flake July 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

I love coming over and reading your posts, your recipes are so fresh and beautiful. Love your little cutie pie too! Talk soon!

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4 sippitysup July 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Classic combo for summer! GREG

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5 Rosa July 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

Some kids eat veggies… You are lucky mother!

That salad looks wonderful!

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking July 30, 2010 at 9:10 am

Wow, Marla, this salad looks so deilcious and perfect for summer! And your son is one adorable, veggie-eatin’ kid… I know a lot of parents must be envious!

Also, if you’re interested, I’m having a silicone muffin pan giveaway on my blog – You should enter!

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7 judy meridith July 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

Marla, this sounds very good. I think I am going to try it. Cute picture of our guy enjoying the salad. Hugs and kisses. Judy

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8 Jessica @ How Sweet July 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

This does look like summer in a dish!

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9 Paula July 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

looks so delicious!

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10 Melissa July 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

So excited for this!…we received 3 zucchinis in our farmshare this week…along with a bell peppers and tomatoes…so what a yummy way to use them up! Thanks!

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11 Jennifer H July 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Love the summer fest idea! Found your site looking for feta recipes and you have some great looking salads with feta!

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12 lisaiscooking July 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I love Greek salads, and this sounds great with the zucchini! I’m making a salad with feta for dinner tonight. Can’t wait!

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13 Nicole July 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I love simple salads like this! So glad you’re participating in Summer Fest!! :-)

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14 angie July 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Love this. It woukld be awesome on a burger. I love the fresh dill added for a bite of flavor. My mouth always waters when I look at your blog.
The nugget gets cuter everyday.

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15 Marla August 1, 2010 at 6:16 am

Angie, you asked me why I did not put vinegar or some lemon juice in this salad. I had the lemon out & I was absolutely gonna use it to add some acid. I am happy I did a taste test right before I did so. The zucchini picked up so much flavor from the olives and the cheese that the lemon would have been over kill. It also would have made it too mushy. I do love lemon and love using just that and olive oil on my green salads as a dressing.

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16 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit July 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm

This is a beautiful salad- so fresh! It’s a great way to use the multitude of zucchini that we’re blessed with at this time of year. Thanks for sharing.

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17 Cooking with Coley July 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm

A+ on a delicious AND beautiful AND healthy salad!

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18 grace July 31, 2010 at 1:06 am

although feta is far from my favorite cheese, i have to admit that it makes for a lovely salad topping. gorgeous work, marla!

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19 Barbara @ moderncomfortfood July 31, 2010 at 4:11 am

This is a wonderful salad (once again!), Marla. In fact, all of your recent summer recipes have been true keepers and perfectly match what I really want to eat on these hot weather days.

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20 Cookin' Canuck July 31, 2010 at 4:28 am

What an easy, pretty salad. I love 2-step method sections!

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21 Marla July 31, 2010 at 6:08 am

Dara, I know aren’t two step recipes the best! Amazing what “fast food” can really be.

Barbara, so glad you have been enjoying my summer selections. I have been having a blast concepting warm weather recipes.

Grace, perhaps you can try another cheese. I was considering using some grated Parmesan instead.

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22 Amanda July 31, 2010 at 6:20 am

Wow that is so beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat :) …almost!

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23 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 31, 2010 at 7:52 am

Hey I’m a new follower! I love your blog!

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24 Daydreamer Desserts July 31, 2010 at 8:21 am

What a great recipe Marla, I’m definitely giving this one a try! Thanks for sharing! :)

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25 Erica July 31, 2010 at 8:47 am

I love love greek salads- they are totally my go tos as well. I love this variety and happen to have everything necessary on hand :) Your little on is such a cutie

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26 Mary July 31, 2010 at 9:50 am

Marla, this looks wonderful and it certainly is seasonally friendly. I love your recipes and your photos. As long as you keep them coming, I” keep coming back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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27 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) July 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

hi beautiful! love what you said about strength training not only being good for our bodies outwardly but inwardly SO important for our bones and health that way too….you are so right!

Hope you guys have a great weekend lined up. I am off to power walk w/ the fam and then lift! Btw thank you again, SO MUCH for the wardrobe stash for Skylar…this COLD summer we are having….well, all those hoodies you gave us are all being put to use, daily!

xoxo

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28 Adelina July 31, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Gorgeous recipe and shot! Love your blog, will come here often!

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29 sophia July 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm

OOOH! Look at all the feta scattered and sort of oozing on top….Ah! I just wish I can dig in with a pitch fork!

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30 Beth July 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

love feta. Will have to try. Thanks for sharing

Plan B

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31 Run Sarah July 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Wow, that salad looks awesome – can’t wait to try it!

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32 Joanne August 1, 2010 at 8:30 am

Greek salads are the best and zucchini and feta has recently become my favorite flavor combination. The olives and the tomatoes definitely add such a nice twist to this salad!

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33 Tina August 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

That zucchini salad looks divine. And I love seeing the little man eating. Goes to show that if you make veggies fun and flavorful kids will love them. Also, they have to be available, which you obviously make happen.

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34 Faith August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I love how you shredded the zucchini for this, I never would have thought to shred it and keep it raw! It sounds phenomenal though! And that’s so cute that you cook with your kiddies! :)

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35 Gaby @ What's Gaby Cooking August 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

omg delish!! What a perfect summer dish! Love it girl!

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36 Cara August 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’m a first time gardener having not great luck. I have to supplement greatly with the farmers markets! This salad sounds delicious. I wish I had more squash pouring from my garden!

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37 Mar August 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

So you did a drive-by, huh, and you didn’t stop in to see the garden and have a glass of tea? : )

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38 FOODESSA August 2, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Marla…when you make veggies fun…kids will come.
As I can see…your son is very happy in your healthy environment.
We make similar salads like these all the time…especially when I’m not truly in the mood to cook up a storm ;o) A great slice of artisanal bread…and I’m a happy camper.
Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

P.S. Don’t sell yourself short…you’ve got plenty of talent ;o)

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39 theUngourmet August 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Such a bright colorful summer salad! I love the fresh herbs olive and feta in there! You son looks darling. :)

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40 Mei Teng August 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Beautiful salad. And yummy looking too.

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