Meatless Monday: Mediterranean zucchini and white beans

Mediterranean recipes from sun-drenched regions make for light and refreshing summertime meals.

  • close
    Mediterranean zucchini and white beans mixed with olive oil, lemon, and spiced up with garlic and chili flakes makes a hearty meal for one, or a simple side for two.
    Beyond The Peel
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption

Here’s a little ditty I highly recommend you try – Mediterranean zucchini and white beans. It’s super easy (especially if you have some white beans made already, but you could use canned on the fly), and tastes amazing in its simplicity. I was excited to find that I still had one zucchini left over from the last time I made this dish. I know what I’ll be having for dinner tonight.

I had this as a main for 1 (a very large main). But it serves nicely as a side dish for 2 or 3 as well. Especially if served with protein like herbed lemon chicken or grilled fish. If you’re serving a group, double accordingly.

Mediterranean zucchini and white beans

Recommended: 22 summer salads

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, sliced in wedges

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small zucchini

1/2 cup cooked white beans

4-6 large olives, pitted

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley

Lemon wedges

1. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and cook the onions until they begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.

2. While you’re waiting on the onions and garlic to cook, slice the zucchini into bite-sized pieces. Add to pan and cook for 5 minutes.

3. Add the beans and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

4. Chop the olives. Then add the olives and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the pan.

5. Season with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley and lemon wedges for garnish.

Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.




Save for later


Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items


Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items


Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items