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Zucchini Salad with Avocado, Pepita Parsley Gremolata

Course Salad, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine The World
Keyword avocado, cobb salad, easy meals, easy to make dinners recipes, family dinner ideas, family meals, gluten free, gremolata, iceberg salad, parsley, pepita, potato side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian, zucchini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories 114 kcal



  • 1 jalapeno 1 jalapeno, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions 2 large scallions, white part only chopped
  • 1 garlic clove 1 medium garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ cup avocado ½ cup ripe avocado
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon sea salt - fine
  • teaspoon black pepper ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup water ¼ cup water


  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • cup pepitas ⅓ cup pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon parsley 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, packed
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 teaspoon lime zest


  • 2 zucchinis 2 medium zucchinis, washed, ends trimmed, peeled into wide thin ribbons
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata 2 ounces ricotta Salata
  • salt and pepper salt and pepper to taste
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  1. In a small food processor, finely chop the jalapeno, scallions, and garlic. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed. Add the avocado, lime juice, salt, pepper, olive oil, and ¼ cup water, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick.


  1. In a medium bowl combine the agave nectar and the salt. Over medium-low heat, heat a medium skillet. Add the pepitas and toast stirring frequently as not to burn. Once golden brown and some start to brown in spots, 4 to 5 minutes, remove from the heat and transfer them to the agave salt mixture. Toss to coat working quickly.

  2. Return the pepitas to the skillet, use a spatula to remove them from the sides of the bowl as they will stick to it. Toast again until just starting to brown, about 40 seconds. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool completely.

  3. Once cooled remove them from the parchment with the back of a knife and place them on a cutting board. Coarsely chop the pepitas and gather them in a mound in the center of the board. Sprinkle the parsley and lime zest over the top and continue chopping. It will be sticky, continue chopping and breaking the pepitas into a fine coarsen mixture.


  1. Place the zucchini ribbons in a large bowl and combine with about 6 to 8 tablespoons of the dressing, adding them a little at a time. Use your hands to separate the ribbons and evenly coat the ribbons. Add 1 tablespoon of the gremolata and freshly grated ricotta Salata over the top of the zucchini. Toss the ribbons again to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper and add more dressing if desired.

  2. Using thongs transfer to a shallow serving dish the zucchini ribbons. Layer over it more gremolata and cheese. Repeat a couple more layers of zucchini, gremolata, and cheese, making sure you have some left for the top layer. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Salad with Avocado, Pepita Parsley Gremolata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 307mg13%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 288IU6%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.