Crunchy Zucchini Topping

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Just add some zucchini topping to your favorite dish and your taste buds are sure to go nuts.

Ah, zucchini. A nutritious superfood that just keeps on giving! Super versatile and oh-so scrumptious, the emerald veggie plays a boatload of different roles in recipes from stir-fries and pasta dishes to muffins and breads. Just add some zucchini topping to your favorite dish and your taste buds are sure to go nuts.

With just a few simple ingredients, this recipe transforms zucchini into a crunchy topping that can enhance almost any dish by providing a crisp, deliciously brittle finish. Simply cut zucchini into noodley strings with the help of a vegetable peeler or spiralizer, toss the veggie ribbons with some salt and olive oil, and bake to crisp, golden perfection.

Sprinkle some parmesan on top for a yummy finish, and bake your creation for an additional two minutes. Guilt-free and nutritious, this tasty topping works beautifully on top of soups or salads. The simple recipe also tastes great when enjoyed by itself. It makes a healthy stand-in for salty snacks like chips and pretzels!

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Crunchy Zucchini Topping

Enhance any dish with this amazingly delicious and nutritious crunchy topping.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 0.25 of recipe
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 zucchini medium, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Use a Julienne Vegetable Peeler and cut zucchini into thin strings.
  • Add strings to a mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt, gently tossing to combine. Place double paper towels on a large baking sheet, spread out strings, and let set for 15 minutes. This will remove some of the excess water.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Return strings to mixing bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat. Spread strings evenly over a nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Stir every 10 minutes and continue to bake until crispy, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese over strings and bake 1-2 more minutes. Discard any strings that are overly brown. Allow to cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
  • Enjoy as a snack or add to salads and soups.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25of recipe | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 578mg | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Keto, Vegetarian

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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