Grilled Lemons and Zucchini with Garlic Whipped Ricotta

This side is great warm, but I love it chilled. We had it here at Chez Magilla with turkey burgers and it was delicious.

It would also pair well with a crisp Pinot Grigio and some grilled chicken.

Whether you serve it warm or cold, as a main or a side, I hope you love it as much as we did.


Grilled Lemons and Zucchini with Garlic Whipped Ricotta

Perfect summer side, either hot or cold
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 114kcal


  • 3 zucchini
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp ricotta cheese heaping
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Wash the lemons and zucchini and dry
  • Trim off the ends of the zucchini
  • Cut zucchini in half and slice into long slices lengthwise
  • Slice lemons in half
  • Smash garlic with the flat of a knife and peel
  • Heat grill pan on stove, add tablespoon of olive oil and brush the grill with it to cover
  • Arrange the lemons and garlic on the edges of the pan
  • Add the zucchini in a single layer flat on the pan, season with salt and pepper
  • Cook for 3 minutes, then flip. Season again with salt and pepper if desired
  • Cook another 2 minutes until you can pierce easily with a knife. Turn off heat and move the pan to the side.
  • Remove garlic from pan. Mince two cloves. Put into bowl
  • Cut the third garlic clove coarsely and set aside
  • Carefully pick up one lemon half and squeeze over the top of the zucchini
  • Add three heaping tablespoons of ricotta to the bowl with the garlic
  • Squeeze another lemon half with tongs into the bowl. Add olive oil. Whip with a fork until combined and top with remaining garlic
  • Arrange on the plate with the remaining lemon as a garnish. Place bowl on plate


Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg
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