Crunchy Zucchini Topping

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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!

Crunchy Zucchini Topping

Crunchy Zucchini Topping

Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 66 | Total Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 578mg | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 3g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


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


  1. Use a Julienne Vegetable Peeler and cut zucchini into thin strings.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Enjoy as a snack or add to salads and soups.

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