Butter lettuce salad with grilled zucchini skewers & tomato vinaigrette

Boston lettuce with corn, tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewers

Break out the backyard BBQ for this flavorful grilled salad!

This salad is the essence of summer: crisp greens tossed with a zingy, fresh tomato vinaigrette, garnished with sweet corn and served with grilled zucchini skewers. (For a special touch, grill the corn too!)

Fresh, simple, light, and hugely flavorful

It’s the kind of summer salad – fresh, simple, light, and hugely flavorful – that you can eat every day and yet always want more of. It satisfies the taste buds while satiating the appetite.

Bon appétit!

Food & wine pairing: Bandol, dry rosé with grilled zucchini salad

Rose wine iconI recommend a dry rosé with this bold salad. Try a rosé from Bandol, the tiny region at the most southern tip of Provence. The wines are made with a blend of grapes, with Mourvèdre at its core. Mourvèdre produces small, sweet, dark, thick-skinned berries that deliver plenty of flavor and complexity. As a result, the crisp, mineral wines of Bandol are some of the most luscious rosés produced in France.

Fresh tomato vinaigrette

Butter lettuce salad with grilled zucchini skewers and tomato vinaigrette

serves 4
active time: 30 min

  1. 2 ears fresh corn
  2. 2 baby zucchinis (8″ long)
  3. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1 large Butter lettuce (Boston lettuce) (1 lb) (455 g) – thoroughly rinsed, spin-dried, leaves torn in 2″ pieces
  6. 1 recipe fresh tomato vinaigrette
  1. 12 – 6″ long bamboo skewers

  1. Step 1: Grill the corn as per this recipe, or shuck the ears and boil the cobs in a large pot of salted water for 2 minutes. When the corn is cool enough to handle, slice the kernels off the cob with a serrated knife. Set aside.
  2. Step 2: Trim both ends of the zucchinis, quarter each zucchini lengthwise and cut in 1/2″ pieces. Place the pieces in a large bowl. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Toss well with your hands until the pieces are well coated with the oil. Thread 4 pieces on a bamboo skewer. Repeat until all the pieces have been used. You should have 12 skewers.
  3. Step 3: Preheat gas or electric grill or griddle to high heat. Grill the zucchini until charred. Remove from grill or griddle and place on a tray to cool slightly.
  4. Step 4: Place the salad pieces in a large bowl. Toss with two-thirds of the vinaigrette. Spoon the salad in bowls. Sprinkle with the corn kernels. Top each salad with 3 grilled zucchini skewers. Serve with the balance of the vinaigrette on the side to drizzle on top of the grilled zucchini.

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Torn Boston lettuce

Viviane’s tips
  1. Tear the lettuce leaves with your fingers rather than cutting them with a knife. It’ll prevent the edges from getting brown. For a more refined salad, discard the tough center ribs.

Boston lettuce with corn, tomato vinaigrette and grilled zucchini skewers

salad, corn, zucchini, tomato vinaigrette


  1. The salad and grilled zucchini are bursting with summer flavor! Paired with the Tomato Vinaigrette is a perfect vegetarian meal!

  2. Hi Viviane, I just saw these on the Top 9. Looks fantastic and I love the grilled zucchini skewers, very clever. Lovely healthy salad.

  3. This looks so simple and fresh. I think I’ll make some tonight!

  4. I love your beautiful, healthy and colorful recipes, Viviane! This salad with zucchini skewers is just perfectly made. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely weekend!

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  6. This is a gorgeous salad! Love the grilled zucchini…very creative!

  7. I love this light and fresh salad. I don’t buy Boston lettuce often enough. I really wish I had it today for lunch as we just got in from out of town with nothing in the house.

  8. poking stuff onto skewers is so cool and always makes a dish more interesting and attractive. i am sure even people who don’t eat salads would dig into this one 😉

  9. Hello! Looks really healthy and tasty too! I’ve got fresh corn so we’ll enjoy it in your recipe. Thank you, Viviane!

  10. Grilled zucchini skewers are so lovely paired with this summery salad. Totally right up my alley.

  11. The zucchini skewers are so pretty on top! I have some fresh corn to use this weekend, and I’ve been trying to decide on a salad for it. This sounds great!

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  13. This is simply gorgeous 🙂 And I’m so glad you mentioned this mizuna salad. One of the local farms is selling fresh mizuna and I had zero idea what to do with it!

  14. Delicious recipe, Viviane. I am especially intrigued with the fresh tomato vinaigrette!

  15. Hi there, Its always fun to see ur delish recipes. And this one is just looking amazing. I am so tempted to make it on my isle some day pretty soon. Enjoy your weekend. It is looking so good with all the lovely pictures and write up as well. I have been here after a while but enjoyed scrolling through your rest of the wonderful recipes. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes.
    Best Regards, Sonia !!!

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