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PJ KABOS Recipe & Video: How to Make Grilled & Boiled Zucchini with Feta Cheese—"Kolokythakia"

PJ KABOS Recipe & Video: How to Make Grilled & Boiled Zucchini with Feta Cheese—"Kolokythakia"

Melanie Panagiotopoulou

Year-Round Produce Availability: A Modern Agricultural Advantage

One of the advantages of living in our modern age is the fact that due to advancements in agriculture, including greenhouse cultivation and international trade, fruits and vegetables are often available all year long.

The star of our recipe today – and one most anybody can make because of the times in which we live regardless of where that might be – is zucchini, also known as courgette.

Beautiful zucchinis also called courgettes and kolokythia in Greek.
Zucchini(Cucurbita pepo) is believed to have originated in Central America and Mexico, where it was cultivated by indigenous peoples thousands of years ago.

Zucchini (Latin botanical name: cucurbita pepo) is typically in season during the summer months, specifically from June to August in the Northern Hemisphere. However in regions with milder climates, such as Greece, these delicious, elongated, smooth skinned, mild-flavored summer squashes can be grown and harvested year-round.

Farmer's Market or Supermarket

While cooking with in-season fruits and vegetables often offers the freshest and most flavorful options, there can still be exceptions where non-seasonal produce exceeds expectations.

A farmer's market sign surrounded by fresh and organic carrots, potatoes, grapes, apples, etc.
Local farmer's markets normally boast the freshest, in-season produce.

This happened to me the other day. Walking the aisle of the supermarket I came upon the most delicious-looking zucchini. I normally buy my fruits and vegetables at the neighborhood farmer’s market but these beauties looked too good to pass up.

The vibrant shelves of a modern supermarket's produce section showcase a colorful array of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Today, modern supermarkets often offer a delightful array of off-season, mouthwatering produce.

Thoughts of grilled or boiled zucchini with PJ Kabos Extra Virgin Olive Oil, vinegar, salt, oregano, pepper, feta cheese and fresh village bread to sop up all its healthy juices made my mouth water. It might be February and I might normally like to cook vegetables in season but these were too good looking to pass up. Besides, not only could I enjoy a taste of summer in the winter without having to travel far from my home, but the tag said their origin was a region in Greece close to our olive groves. That had to mean something good.😀

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But would the zucchini be tasty?

Watch the making of grilled zucchini below, try the recipe yourself and tell me what you think?

PJ Kabos Olive Oil Recipe & Video: How to make PJ Kabos' Healthy Grilled Zucchini


Vegetable—main or side dish

Serves: 4

PJ KABOS High-Phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oil used: Family Reserve—Medium (white tin)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • Grill Pan


  • 4-5 small zucchinis (5 to 6 inches long; 13 to 15 cm), strips (¼ inch or 5 mm)
  • 4 tablespoons PJ Kabos Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Family Reserve – Medium (white tin)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper, flakes (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 150 grams feta cheese
  • fresh basil leaves, garnish (optional)
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • vinegar, to taste

How to Prepare PJ Kabos Grilled Zucchini

  • Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.
  • While the pan is heating, finely chop the garlic. Cut the zucchinis lengthwise into strips.
  • For oil/spice sauce: To a large bowl add the olive oil, dried oregano, salt, finely chopped garlic, black pepper, red pepper (optional as this makes it spicy). Place the zucchini within and mix around to ensure the strips are all covered.
  • Carefully place the zucchini on the heated grill pan.
  • Cover the grill pan with a lid and allow the zucchini to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the zucchini strips and continue on the 2nd side with high heat, grill pan covered, for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Once the zucchini strips are tender and slightly charred, remove from the heat.
  • If desired, pour the remaining oil/spice sauce over the grilled zucchini.


A woman slicing into a round loaf of freshly baked village bread.
Indulge in the nutritious delight of village bread infused with extra virgin olive oil, elevating the flavor of grilled and boiled zucchini to new heights as you sop up the juices with it.

The summer zucchini (eaten in winter!)was delicious

Actually, the zucchini dish was so good that I went back the next day to buy another batch which I then boiled and served as follows.

PJ KABOS Recipe: Boiled Zucchini—Kolokythakia

Freshly cleaned zucchini resting on a plate.
Freshly cleaned zucchini resting on a plate, awaiting preparation for either boiling or grilling.

Vegetable—main or side dish

Serves: 4

PJ KABOS High-Phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oil used: Family Reserve—Medium (white tin)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes; Boiling Time: 20 minutes


  • 8 medium and slender (5 to 6 inches long; 13 to 15 cm) zucchini, whole
  • 12 tablespoons PJ Kabos Extra Virgin Olive Oil Family Reserve – Medium (white tin) ; 3 tablespoons per plate, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried or fresh oregano, or to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon wine vinegar, or to taste

How to Prepare PJ Kabos Boiled Zucchini

  • Place a medium size pot of water on to boil. Fill it half way with water.
  • Trim the zucchini by cutting off the two ends—watch out for the prickly end! Then, one by one, under running water rub clean the body of each zucchinis.
  • Place the zucchinis in boiling water and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until a fork easily punctures the skin—you don’t want them to become mushy.
  • Place 2 zucchinis each in 4 individual bowls—shallow bowls work best. At this point, in true family style—since this is a very informal meal—invite all into the kitchen to dress the zucchini with the amount of oregano, salt, PJ Kabos High-Phenolic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and vinegar they desire. But if they can’t come…add the amounts listed in ingredients.
Feta cheese on a place.
Feta cheese, renowned for its tangy and salty flavor profile, serves as the perfect complement to both grilled and boiled zucchini.


  • a slab of Feta cheese
  • olives
  • fresh village bread—the bread is used to dip in the olive oil/vinegar/zucchini juices of the dish

Kali Orexi—Happy Eating!

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