Zucchini Rice Salad with Pecans

J. White Harris


My garden is producing lots of zucchini so I developed this recipe to use some of it and to use some other ingredients I had on hand. The rice was leftover from last night’s dinner and the rosemary is one of the spices from the garden. This turned out to be delicious and was very quick and easy. I used 1 green and 1 yellow zucchini.


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6 to 8
20 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 c
    cooked rice
  • 1/2 c
    pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove
    garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 medium
    zucchini, grated
  • 1 tsp
    fresh rosemary (1 sprig)
  • 2 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Zucchini Rice Salad with Pecans


  1. Chop the pecans, slice the garlic, grate the zucchini, and pull the rosemary leaves from its sprig and chop.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the pecans and cook, stirring, until toasted and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
    Note: Watch the pecans, as they are toasting, they can burn easily.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the zucchini, thyme, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until just tender and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the rice until well combined.
  6. Taste to check the flavor and adjust the seasonings as needed.

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About Zucchini Rice Salad with Pecans

Course/Dish: Other Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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