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World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage

These are the World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage, and it just doesn’t get any easier when you want tasty low-carb kabobs for dinner! 

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World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage are a great reason to be cooking on the grill, and this year grilling at home has become even more enjoyable than usual, right? This is one of my favorite grilling recipes for those nights when you just want an easy dinner, and I’m featuring this long-time favorite as my Friday Favorites pick to encourage you to try it. I’ve been making variations on this theme for years when I want a quick easy dinner.

In this post I share some tricks maximizing flavor from Grilled Zucchini Sausage and Kabobs, depending on how much time you want to invest, but even if you just stick the sausage and veggies on skewers, brush with Italian salad dressing, and grill, this is a pretty good tasting dinner that’s easy and healthy. And if you’re a fan of kabobs, check out Low-Carb Kabobs or Skewers for the Grill for more tasty ideas!

What Sausage Did I Use for World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage?

Any pre-cooked sausage will work for this recipe. I’ve made this many times with beef polish sausages from Costco, but chicken or turkey sausage will also be great. Look for gluten-free sausage if needed.

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How to Make World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I call this recipe Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs, because the red bell peppers (or red onions) are definitely optional, but they’re good if you have some.
  2. If you have time, cut up veggies in advance and marinate in a little bit of Italian salad dressing for a few hours. Cutting the veggies in same size, same shape pieces will give better results here.
  3. When it’s time to assemble kabobs, drain the marinated veggies. (You can skip the marinating step entirely and just brush the vegetables with dressing, but marinating does add more flavor.)
  4. When we cut the sausage and zucchini we tried to create flat sides so we could get some grill marks; notice that the individual pieces were carefully put on the skewers so the flat side was facing out.
  5. When you’re ready to cook, preheat grill to medium, and spray with non-stick spray if desired.
  6. Cook the kabobs, turning several times, until the sausage is nicely browned and the vegetables are starting to soften but still slightly tender-crisp, about 15 minutes.

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Make it a Meal:

Serve Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs hot, with an easy summer side dish like Cucumbers Caesar or Effie’s Cottage Cheese Salad.

More Tasty and Easy Kabobs on the Grill:

Pesto Lemon Chicken Kabobs 
Low-Carb Lamb Shish Kabobs 
Low-Carb Steak and Mushroom Kabobs 
Chile Mustard Pork Kabobs 

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World’s Easiest Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

It just doesn’t get much easier than these Grilled Zucchini and Sausage Kabobs for a quick and easy low-carb summer dinner!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. package pre-cooked sausages (see notes)
  • 4 small zucchini
  • 2 red bell peppers (optional)
  • 1 small red onion (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (see notes)

Instructions

Instruction if you're marinating vegetables:

  1. Cut zucchini and any other vegetables you’re using into same-size pieces, cutting some flat edges and making the zucchini slightly smaller than you’ll cut the sausage.
  2. Put vegetables into Ziploc bag and pour in enough Italian dressing to moisten all the vegetables. I used Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) for the veggies in the photo; this is the brand I always use if I have it.
  3. Let vegetables marinate for an hour or so, or even all day if desired. (Refrigerate if marinating for more than an hour.)

Instructions to cook kabobs:

  1. Brush gas or charcoal grill grates with olive oil or spray with non-stick spray and preheat grill or broiler to medium heat (you can hold your hand there about 3 seconds at that heat.)
  2. Cut sausage into chunks, about five pieces per sausage.
  3. Drain marinated vegetables, or cut vegetables into pieces if you didn’t marinate.
  4. Thread sausage and vegetables onto skewers, alternating, and putting the skewer through the skin of the sausage and veggies so they won’t spin around and arranging them with a flat side facing out for best grill marks.
  5. You can brush kabobs with Italian Salad Dressing if you didn’t marinate the vegetables.
  6. Grill kabobs over medium heat, turning frequently. Kabobs are done when sausage is browned but zucchini and other vegetables are barely tender, about 15 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

Notes

You can use pork, beef, chicken, or turkey sausage, whichever you prefer. I use Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (affiliate link) for this recipe. Be sure to choose dressing with not more than 1 or 2 carbs per serving for South Beach Diet or low-carb diets.

Using double skewers or wider blade-type skewers (affiliate links) like I used in the new photos will make these kabobs much easier to turn on the grill. (My skewers are from Turkey; if you ever make it there be sure to get some!)

This recipe created by Kalyn and perfected over many years of making sausage kabobs..

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 945mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

World's Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
To make Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage suitable for the South Beach Diet, use lower-fat pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage. If you’re using lower-fat sausage, be extra careful to oil the grill before you heat it, and you may want to brush the sausage pieces with olive oil to prevent sticking. The recipe would also be suitable for low-carb eating plans which will prefer full-fat sausage. Choose Italian dressing with not more than 1 or 2 grams of carbs for South Beach or low-carb diets

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    30 Comments on “World’s Easiest Kabobs with Grilled Zucchini and Sausage”

  1. Wow, does that ever look good! I don't eat meat OR zucchini, and I'm completely craving this! I guess there's just something irresistible about food on a stick… 🙂

  2. This recipe may also go great with shrimps instead of sausages. I think that's how kabobs are traditionally done. Plus, shrimps are way better than sausages… at least in my opinion. 😀

  3. Awesome I'm always looking to try new kabobs, and my parents are in town so you gave me a perfect dinner idea

  4. Thanks for tweeting this! I have all the ingredients in my house and will make them tonight. Yum.

  5. These are great with fresh pineapple skewered on them too, if you're allowed those on your SBD phase 🙂

  6. What's so great about a recipe like this is that it can be used as an easy weeknight meal or for entertaining. The colors are beautiful!

  7. Pearl, I'm so glad! (Believe me, the earlier photo wouldn't have had that effect on you!)

  8. oh Kalyn – that is making my mouth water!

  9. Thank you Kalyn! I just found your blog and am very happy I did 🙂 I am attempting to change my family’s eating habits for the better. I am going to sneak the SBD on them-
    this looks like it will be a family favorite and easy for me to prepare.

  10. Oh wow. These are wonderful!

    j

  11. Kalyn, hw I wish I cd be more disciplined in eating and reduce all the extra pounds that I have gained…there are indeed quite a lot to try from here…shall come back again…

  12. Paul. the main reason for cooked sausage is simply because the raw sausage is hard to cut and even harder to thread on the skewers and would spin around, making it hard to get cooked evenly. If you had double skewers, raw sausage might work just fine. I also have something called kabob baskets which would work with the raw sausage. I haven’t tried it with raw sausage, but I also wonder if the veggies would get overdone in the time it would take to get the raw sausage cooked? Let me know if you try it with raw sausage.

  13. Why precooked sausages? i would have thought it would have been better to start with raw.

  14. Alice, I love the idea of using those chicken sausages. Alas, no Trader Joe’s in Utah, but I’ve seen similar ones at Costco. And welcome to WHB!

  15. Hi Kalyn – I made the skewers and they were great! Thanks for the idea. I used some chicken based Italian sausages from Trader Joes, zucchini, peppers and sweet onion. To go with, I made a yummy salad with watermelon goat cheese arugula and mint that I think I will submit for weekend herb blogging.

    Also – thanks for visiting my blog and for your compliments! Happy 4th!

  16. Alice, your blog is looking good.

    Katy, I love anything on a stick, especially zucchini and peppers.

    Tanna, thanks. This is about as easy as it gets.

    Mae, happy 4th of July to you too!!

  17. Hey Kalyn, it’s 4th of July here in the Channel Islands and i just came by to say ‘Happy Independence Day or Happy 4th of July’ to you.

    Oh, and the kebabs looks yummmmmmy!

  18. Looks like a winner and easy!!

  19. Oh yum, food on a stick is always always better. Looks wonderful!

  20. I think I am going to try these tonight for dinner. I have a lot of zucchini from my CSA and I have a feeling it’s going to keep coming! I really like your site, it looks like a great source for healthy recipes – I am going to add a link. I started a new food blog last month and I’m having a great time with it, feel free to stop on by anytime! 🙂