Zucchini ribbons woven around Canadian Feta cubes and cherry tomatoes make these grilled skewers a colourful addition to summer meals. Serve with grilled chicken and steamed new potatoes or tuck into a Greek pita with greens, diced chicken and creamy lemon, pepper and oregano sauce.
- Prep: 15 min - 20 min
- Cooking: 3 min - 5 min
- Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce
- 3/4 cup (180 mL) 3% plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
- 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest, grated
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper
- Grilled Feta Skewers
- 2 zucchinis, cut in about 8 beveled thick slices
- 16 cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
- 10 oz (300 g) Canadian Feta cheese, cut in approximately 16 large 1-in (2.5 cm) cubes
- 8 jumbo pitted green olives
- 8 10-inch (25 cm) wooden skewers
Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce
In a small bowl, combine yogurt, 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) oregano, 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Reserve.
Grilled Feta Skewers
Thread each skewer with 1 zucchini slice, 1 Feta cheese cube, 1 cherry tomato and 1 olive. Brush skewers with remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil. Reserve.
Preheat well-greased barbecue or grill to 450 °F (230 °C). Grill skewers for 1 to 2 minutes or until grill marks appear without melting the cheese. Turn skewers and grill 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly grilled. Remove from grill and place in platter and garnish with remaining 1/2 tsp (2 mL) oregano. Serve hot with Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce on the side.
For even thin slices of zucchini, use a hand held cheese slicer or mandolin. Soak wood or bamboo skewers in cold water for 30 minutes before using to keep them from burning on the grill.
If the Feta keeps breaking when you are putting it on the skewers, try cutting bigger cubes. It will not work with a reduced fat/light cheese (they are typically more breakable), and some brands hold their shape better than others. Look for a brand that is softer and has less holes in it to start with, such as the Feta from Tiras Dairies. You should also look at the best before date: the older the cheese, the more easily it will crumble.
To avoid Feta melting and falling of the skewers, the grill must be extremely hot (450F) and you really can only put the skewers on for maximum 1-2 min per side. The goal is NOT to cook the veggies but only to get grill marks.
Top 5 Nutrients
|Calcium:||21 % / 236 mg|
|Vitamin B12:||38 %|