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Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta

Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta features summer squash that’s roasted with lemon and mint and tossed with Feta cheese. It’s an amazing flavor combination, and this tasty dish is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, South Beach Diet friendly, and meatless!

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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 we’re just heading into that “what to do with zucchini” season, so it seems like a perfect time to remind you about this Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta. This is a recipe where the unique preparation method really spotlights the flavor of mint, so even if you think you’re not a mint fan, please consider trying it!

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 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!

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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.)

Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta found on KalynsKitchen.com

Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and serve hot or at room temperature.

Make it a Meal: For a low-carb Meatless Monday dinner, I think Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta would be great with Green Tomato Gazpacho or Spicy Cabbage Salad.

More Delicious Ideas for Summer Squash:

The BEST Slow Cooker Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Summer Squash Pancakes with Creamy Goat Cheese Dressing ~ Nutmeg Nanny
Kalyn’s Top Ten Most Popular Low-Carb Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Healthy Zucchini, Tomato, and Yellow Squash Gratin ~ Cookin’ Canuck
50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta

Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta features summer squash that’s roasted with lemon and mint and tossed with Feta cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475 F, and put oven rack as high as it will go. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Wash squash and cut off stem and flower ends.
  3. Cut each squash into quarters lengthwise, then cut into pieces about 2 inches long.
  4. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mint and salt ; then put that mixture into a plastic bowl and toss squash with the mixture.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. When the squash is done, put it back into the same bowl and toss with the Feta cheese.
  8. Season with fresh-ground black pepper to taste. This can be served hot or at room temperature.

This recipe adapted from Vegetable Love.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta is a perfect low-carb or Keto 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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32 comments on “Roasted Summer Squash with Lemon, Mint, and Feta”

  1. Kalyn,

    I’m glad you mentioned tossing the leftovers with some feta cheese because I was going to suggest it in my comment! When I was in California, we ate farmer’s market squash with lemon juice, olive oil and feta cheese. So simple, so good! I bet if I looked on your site, you’ve already done something similar 🙂 I’m going to try some zucchini roasted with mint tonight for dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I am finally getting some squash from my little garden and I am so excited. I like them roasted with mint.

  3. I’ve roasted summer squash twice during the last fortnight, using a very similar recipe to yours – excellent and easy dish! As my mum keeps supplying marrows/squashes to me, I should be able to try your minty version very, very soon:)

  4. I really wish my garden could produce this sort of produce! But I am just learning, as usual Kalyn this looks simply fantastic.

  5. I love squash of all kinds!!! The addition of feta cheese would take this dish over the top for me!!!

  6. So, if it’s yellow it’s summer squash and if it’s green it’s zucchini? They’re all ‘courgette’ here…simple.
    Lovely recipe – My courgette have just started producing again after an unexplained lull. And of course I have the mint 😉
    And the feta for the…. What leftovers?

  7. I’m one of those people that doesn’t have a garden, Kalyn…

    Apology accepted!

  8. This seems very unusual. I would love to try it and would if I were home next to my mint!
    Great place for your mint, mine keeps wanting to take over the grass.
    The black bean salad is a favorite of mine always.

  9. Kalyn- Not *too* yummy. 😉 Wish I wasn’t allergic to summer squash- this looks soooo good.

    Thank you for listing my recipe- I was thinking (always dangerous) how about using almond meal or ground nuts (pecans come to mind) tossed in a little olive oil and herbs to replace the crumbs in my gratin recipe?

    What does South Beach use for crumb toppings?

    Karina

  10. Nicole, hope you like it. I bet the feta would be good either hot or cold!

    Simona, good for you! Happy gardening.

    Pille, great to have a mom who gives you squash!

    Katrina, keep trying on the garden, and thanks!

    Valli, me too. The feta was a great addition.

    Katie, we also call the yellow ones “crookneck” or “straightneck” squash here. I wish the world would just agree on names!

    David, my condolences. Thanks fot not holding it against me!

    Tanna, I now have the perfect mint place, after fighting it for years! Try it when you get home!

    Karina, the almond meal would work, but I’d just use 100% whole wheat panko crumbs, which would make it phase two. I must make that gratin sometime.

  11. Great flavors, especially with feta cheese! Must check garden to see if enough mint survived last thrashing.

  12. This sounds pretty good. Mint is quickly becoming one of my favorite herbs. The addition of the feta sounds good as well.

  13. I love combining mint with other herbs, like basil and oregano and parsley. This looks like my kind of recipe, especially with some cheese tossed in.

  14. A lovely recipe. I still remember how good was your recipe of Toasted Pumpkin with Rosemary and balsamic vinegar. I’d like to try this recipe which goes with the summer weather we’ve got these days in France (we call it Indian Summer).

  15. Cora, hope you have some mint!

    Kevin and Lydia, thanks!

    Virginie, I grew some butternut squash (what is called pumpkin in Europe) in my garden this year just so I can make that recipe again with the balsamic and rosemary!

  16. I am glad your garden is still going strong. Have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle? It is a great book about eating locally!

  17. Great recipe! We’re hitting the farmers market tomorrow, so I’d like to give this a try.

    What do you think of using Lemon Balm? I have tons of it growing in my yard and don’t have any other recipes for it yet.

    Didn’t know you could get whole wheat panko. Any idea where I should look? Ethnic store? Whole foods store?

  18. Maria, haven’t read it. (Never have time to read!) I’ve heard good things about it.

    Diane, I’m not that familiar with lemon balm. Let me know if you try it, I’d be curious to know how it tastes after roasting. I’ve found whole wheat panko at Wild Oats here.

  19. Wow! That sounds like a great treat! I can’t wait to go to Wild Oats to look for whole wheat panko now. Thanks!

  20. Doesn’t mint just brighten any dish? I love it on so many veggies. And you’re right about the different varieties–there’s this one farmer at our market who sells apple mint and chocolate mint too, and the chocolate one really does smell like chocolate!

  21. I made this for lunch with my over abundant supply of yellow squash–refreshing and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Kalyn – Roasted mint sounds intruiging! Oh I so wish I had a garden. One of these days… until then, I’m going to go buy some summer squash and pretend that they came from my garden.

  23. EMWK, both the Wild Oats by my house have it, so I hope yours will.

    Susan, I’ve thought about growing some of those unusual types of mint. But I don’t have another contained spot where they can be kept in control.

    Mrs. G, glad to hear you liked it.

    Ed, this would still be great with fresh squash from the farmers market.

  24. Looks simple and delicious. I planted mint (which needless to say, grows just fine by virtue of being mint) but hardly ever use it. This seems like a very natural combination and I’ll have to experiment with it. And maybe have a nice mint julep alongside it to stick with the theme. 😉

  25. I love mint, and have some growing in a pot on my deck. The place where I’m work has a lemon tree so prolific it’s amazing! This sounds like a fabulous way to use some of these very ‘local’ ingredients! You’ll see a spring of the mint in my post for tomorrow (WHB entry). It looks like you are enjoying your garden to the max!

  26. Oh, lemon and fresh mint—that’s for me!

    For some reason, and most probably the drought we had all summer, the mint I planted this year, expecting it to grow like weeds as it usually does, hasn’t done anything. Sad.

  27. I guess I'll have to try it now! 😉 Just returned Vegetable Love to the library a couple of weeks ago…it was hard! I had so many post-its and notes of recipes to try, but I'll be checking it out again when I have more time to cook!

  28. Sally, I do love that book too!

  29. I just received a gift of some mint from a friend's garden. Great idea for how to use it.

  30. This sounds so light and refreshing, perfect for summer! Such a great idea to combine lemon, mint, and feta. Adding this one to my list.

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