Sunday, April 16, 2023

Egyptian Lemon Zucchini With Mint and Wilted Cherry Tomatoes

zucchini, vegan, cherry tomatoes

Do you love zucchini? This lemony zucchini with mint side dish is a unique family recipe which I consider company worthy. 

I know it sounds odd to use mint with zucchini, but together with the lemon, it creates a wonderful flavor. You'll have to trust me on this one.
Zucchini, Green, Vivid, Vegetable 

Zucchini with mint is a specialty dish in Egypt called Kousa NaNa. My mother-in-law, from Cairo, Egypt, introduced me to this amazing dish when I first joined the family. 

Vegetable, Zucchini, Organic, Healthy

I make it in a rimmed skillet with garlic, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes and fresh and dried mint. 
Sautéed onions are optional- I don't use them.
 I use green or yellow squash- whatever is available. 

kousa, vegan, vegetable,

It cooks quickly and tastes delicious. Zucchini is low in fat and calories but high in valuable nutrients. 
Everyone can enjoy this gluten-free, vegan, oil-free recipe.

yellow squash, vegan, vegetable

Simple vegetable sides can be delicious, healthy and require minimal effort such as this zucchini dish! Make green or yellow squash or mix the squash together. 

3 medium green or yellow zucchini, washed and sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
optional: 1 cup of sliced (in half moons) onions 
2 cups of cherry tomatoes of any color or shape
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice 
Salt and cracked pepper 
1/2 cup of chopped fresh mint (of 2 tablespoons of dried mint) 

Use a large skillet with rim. Place skillet over medium heat and add garlic (and optional onions).  Stir for a few minutes to sauté in 1/4 cup of water. Add cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, and fresh mint. Add additional water by the 1/2 cup as needed to prevent burning. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium heat to allow zucchini to soften. When done, sprinkle with dried mint and serve. 

The other night, we had an arugula and tomato salad with a tad of gluten free noodles at a new local Italian restaurant from Naples. Delicious.. 

Free Salad Food photo and picture


  1. This dish sounds and looks amazing. I will be trying this out when the zucchini starts growing. We always have so many and I love finding new recipes to try . Have a great Sunday.

  2. What a beautiful dish, Thank you!

  3. Brilliant recipe! And what a great use of mint. I'll be making this come summer for sure. Thanks! (I also LOVE zucchini!)

  4. I have to confess that I don't love zucchini, but I don't hate it, either. But this flavor combo really makes me want to grab a zucchini or two next time I'm at the market.

  5. un piatto molto buono, prendo nota per le zucchine del mio orto!

  6. It looks delicious!...I love zucchini!......Abrazotes, Marcela

  7. The mint sounds especially good in that!

  8. Nice recipe Judee. Instead of using water to cook the onion and garlic, I'd use veg stock I save in an ice cube trays in the freezer. When I cook carrots, bok choy, or other fresh veggies I save the cooking water. This gives veg dishes more flavor and nutrients. Thanks for sharing and will try this recipe ASAP.

  9. Looks delicious, I can't wait to try this zucchini dish! Thank you Judee.

  10. Judge this sounds delicious! I am always looking fir new ways to cook zucchini, thank you.

  11. Mint comes in several flavors, and I think they all would be good with this vegetable combo. Other herbs are closely related to mint and would also be good, like oregano.

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  12. I have never thought of pairing zucchini with mint...gotta try that!

  13. This sound very Sicilian as well as they use a lot of mint there. At first it was unusual to me, but now I really enjoy mint in savoury dishes :)

  14. I love mint in salads! To me it makes a salad seem exciting, almost racy... and who doesn't want that when they're eating salad?

  15. Yes, I love zucchini and when they're mixed up with fresh mint. So this dish is right up my alley - so fresh and summery!

  16. It looks healthy and delish! 😋

    Hugs and blessings, Judee.

  17. Lemon and mint are two of my favorite flavors, so this sounds delicious! We can always count on you for exciting new veggie recipes! 🍋🌿

  18. Ohhhhh yummmmmmmmmyyyy! Yes, please and thank you. Count me in!

  19. Thanks for posting this delicious lemon zucchini recipe at 269 Senior Salon Pit Stop Party. I'm at the party too. Wishing you a beautiful day.

  20. I like the combination of squashes with tomatoes - very flavorful. Pinned and shared

  21. Lovely dish, but one thing I will omit is the wilted tomatoes and substitute it with something else.
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  22. So much flavor in this veggie dish! This is such a great recipe. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, hope to see you again next week.


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