Zucchini Feta Skewers are a festive, quick and easy gluten-free appetizer. Creamy, tangy, and flavor-packed marinated feta is rolled in fresh zucchini ribbons. It’s skewered and grilled until just tender. Serve these bite-sized delights at your next dinner party!

close up of two grilled zucchini roll up skewers on a plate.
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These zucchini roll ups came to life as part of my typical Sunday afternoon fridge raid. I needed a snack but only had a scattering of summer veggies and some half-full jars on-hand. I swear this is when I do my best work! Some people like to think in the shower, I like to think in a half empty fridge (or “half full” fridge on a good day)!

Simple yet so delicious, these zucchini skewers start with tangy feta cheese that’s been loaded with flavor thanks to a bright and slightly spicy olive oil marinade. Zucchini is so vibrant during the summer months. I love to stuff it, bake it, or even eat it as a salad--plenty of delicious ways to use zucchini.

I wanted to capture this perfect fresh flavor, so I went for a quick sear on my griddle just to enhance its sweet, delicate qualities. Plus, the marinated feta gets soft, warm, and even creamier. It’s a whole new level of luxury! 

These zucchini feta skewers are a fun way to kick off your summer dinner parties and BBQs. Make them ahead of time and keep them in your fridge along with pitchers of Rosé Lemonade. Get your guests sipping and chatting as you leisurely finish them on your grill or griddle, perhaps with your own glass in hand.  

Table of Contents
  1. Zucchini Feta Skewer Ingredients
  2. What Kind of Feta Cheese is Best?
  3. How to Make Zucchini Feta Skewers
  4. What to Serve with Zucchini Skewers
  5. Beyond Zoodles: Favorite Ways to Use Zucchini
  6. Zucchini Feta Skewers Recipe
ingredients for zucchini roll ups including marinated feta cubes in a jar and one whole zucchini on a wooden tray.

Zucchini Feta Skewer Ingredients

This simple appetizer recipe uses just a handful of easy to find ingredients. The marinated feta is worth keeping at the ready in your fridge: You can use it all week long on salads, sandwiches, as a snack with pita chips and more. That said, if you don’t have the brain-space or time to make the marinade, these can be made with standard cubed feta. They’ll just have a milder flavor. 

  • Zucchini: Look for firm zucchini with smooth skin and a fresh smell. 
  • Marinated feta: To make the 5-minute marinated feta, you’ll need high-quality feta packed in the brine, olive oil (I love buttery Italian Nocellara), fresh jalapeño and dried chiles (optional), dried oregano, fresh parsley, and lemon
  • Bamboo skewers: Don’t forget to grab skewers! They are essential for holding the rolls together as they cook. 
close up of zucchini roll up skewers on a cast iron grill pan.

What Kind of Feta Cheese is Best?

For this recipe, go for a Greek feta that comes in a block and is stored in brine. This style of feta cheese is usually creamier with a more addictive tang.

If you don't have access to Greek feta, you can use French or Bulgarian white cheese. French white cheese is milder than feta, while Bulgarian white cheese tends to be saltier and creamier. 

It's important to note that crumbled feta won't work for this recipe. Not only will it not roll well, it’s significantly drier and more rubbery than whole blocks. You won’t get that beautifully tender warmed feta that make these roll ups so incredible. 

How to Make Zucchini Feta Skewers

Zucchini Roll Ups may look impressive but they’re so easy to make. Just be careful when you’re slicing the zucchini. You want long, thin slices (and knick-free hands), so take your time. From there, the rolling and cooking is simple. 

  • Get ready: Get your feta cheese marinating and set aside. Trim and peel a medium-sized zucchini. Use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer to carefully slice the zucchini into thin, long ribbons.long, thin ribbons of zucchini on a plate, sitting on a wooden tray.
  • Roll: Place one zucchini ribbon on your cutting board. Place a cube of marinated feta on the short end closest to you. Roll away from you to fully encase the marinated feta. Repeat until you have used all of the zucchini ribbons. a cube of marinated feta being rolled up in a long thin ribbon of zucchini on a plate.
  • Skewer: Gently slide 3 of the zucchini-wrapped feta cubes onto a small bamboo skewer. (It’s not a bad idea to use 2 skewers to keep them from rolling around while grilling.) several uncooked zucchini roll up skewers piled on a plate.
  • Get ready: Brush a cast iron griddle or grill pan with a little olive oil. Heat to medium-high. 
  • Grill: Assemble the zucchini skewers on the heated surface and cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until the zucchini layer gains some color. 
  • Get ready: Get your feta cheese marinating and set aside. Trim and peel a medium-sized zucchini. Use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer to carefully slice the zucchini into thin, long ribbons.3 zucchini roll up skewers on a cast iron grill pan.
  • Serve: Serve warm, with the rolls still on their skewer.

What to Serve with Zucchini Skewers

Zucchini feta skewers are one of those appetizers you can serve with just about anything. They’re easy to eat (which makes a big difference at a dinner party). They’re a total crowd pleaser. You may want to consider doubling this recipe because people are sure to come back for more! 

I love to serve these at the beginning of the party when people are arriving and milling about. They are Mediterranean Diet-friendly, no carb and gluten-free. I think they are a great addition to an mezze.

For the main course, light summer dishes like Grilled Chicken Kabobs or Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa keep the fresh-meets-savory mood going. Or, to go for a full garden party to satisfy meat eaters and vegetarians alike, bring all the colors of the rainbow to your plate with Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Basil Vinaigrette.

To round out the gathering I tend to serve light summery drinks like, a crisp white wine or make some effortless pitcher cocktails like Limoncello Spritzes or for the non-drinkers my Mediterranean Mint Lemonade.

10 grilled zucchini roll up skewers on a plate.

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Zucchini Feta Skewers

Suzy Karadsheh
close up of a grilled zucchini roll up skewer on a plate.
Zucchini Feta Skewers are a delicious gluten-free appetizer recipe that comes together in under 15 minutes. Fresh zucchini ribbons are rolled around creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy marinated feta and grilled until they are warm and tender.  These zucchini skewers are so simple yet still feel festive and elegant. Serve at your next dinner party or BBQ.
Prep – 10 minutes
Cook – 4 minutes
Total – 14 minutes
Cuisine:
Mediterranean Diet Friendly
Serves – 4
Course:
Appetizer

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the zucchini: Use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer to slice the zucchini into thin, long ribbons.
  • Roll: Place one zucchini ribbon flat on your cutting board. Place a cube of marinated feta on the short end closest to you. Roll the zucchini ribbon away from you to fully encase the marinated feta. Repeat until you have used all of the zucchini.
  • Skewer: Gently slide 3 of the zucchini-wrapped feta cubes onto a small bamboo skewer. (It’s not a bad idea to use 2 skewers to keep them from rolling around while grilling.)
  • Get ready: Brush a cast iron griddle or grill pan with a little olive oil. Heat to medium-high.
  • Grill: Assemble the zucchini skewers on the heated surface and cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until the zucchini layer gains some color.
  • Serve: Serve warm, with the rolls still on their skewer.

Notes

  • Be very careful if you use a mandoline slicer: It’s easy to cut yourself! Slice the zucchini slowly and steadily, being careful not to apply too much pressure, as this can cause slipping. Always keep your fingers well away from the blade. And, consider using cut-resistant gloves for added protection.
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Nutrition

Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 3.2gProtein: 6.6gFat: 9.3gSaturated Fat: 5.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 37.8mgSodium: 488.7mgPotassium: 154.3mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1.2gVitamin A: 277.5IUVitamin C: 8.8mgCalcium: 217.5mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. j says:

    lo..love all your recipes. thank you for sharing them with us!!

    1. TMD Team says:

      It is our pleasure! Thank YOU for being a part of our community!

  2. N. Maturo says:

    5 stars
    I love all your recipes.

    N.M., Valencia , Spain

  3. Claire Inches says:

    Hello, can these be made a day or two ahead of time and then grilled the day of serving? Thanks!

    1. TMD Team says:

      Sure, Claire! That should work. Just keep them in an airtight container until you’re ready to grill them.

      1. Claire Inches says:

        Thanks!

  4. Brooke Ashley says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for the delicious and East recipe! My friends are currently doing the keto diet and this was perfect for an appetizer that fit their needs but would appeal to others too. It was so tasty that I wished I had doubled the recipe!

  5. Lorena Lacayo says:

    I so wish you had a recipe box on your site. 🤗

    1. TMD Team says:

      Thanks for the feedback. That's something we'd love to be able to incorporate in the future. In the meantime, we do have the "favorites" feature that allows you to save all the recipe you love. If you need some help with that, please shoot us an email at info@themediterraneandish.com

  6. Lynn says:

    Could you sub goat cheese for the feta?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Sure, Lynn! I think I would actually grill the zucchini before wrapping if using goat cheese, though. Enjoy!

  7. Gil says:

    Where is the recipe for the marinate?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Gil! You can find the recipe for the marinated feta here. Enjoy!