Surrey Street Treats: griddled courgettes

By - Tuesday 28th June, 2016

Summer’s a bit hit and miss so far. Staying optimistic, Jess Bashford welcomes the chance for light outdoorsy eating

We’ve seen a few glimpses of summer, so fingers crossed for more. Let’s make the most of Surrey Street market’s fresh veg for salads and barbecues with a recipe to spruce up courgettes into the star of a salad, a veggie barbecue main or a new barbecue side.

The recipe: griddled courgettes

Ingredients from the market: 4 courgettes (at least 1 per person).

Ingredients from the kitchen: a few glugs of olive oil, 2 tsp chilli flakes (but it depends how spicy you want it), a few twists of black pepper, the juice of one lemon.


1) Mix the oil, chilli, pepper and lemon juice into a bowl. (It’s going to be the coating for your courgettes, and you can use it for any salad you’re serving with them.)

2) Slice your courgettes lengthways into thick, long rectangles. I reckon that you can get four or five rectangles out of an average-sized courgette.

3) Then brush one side of the courgette rectangle with the dressing, and lay that side down on to a hot griddle. (Or the barbecue or grill.) Try not to move it about too much: it’s nice to get the griddle lines on there.

4) After three minutes (or when the griddle marks are dark enough for you), brush the top side of the courgette with the dressing and flip it over on to the griddle.

5) After another three minutes, they’re ready to serve.

6) I like to have four of five rectangles in a salad with a few leaves, more of the dressing, some tomato and avocado. And if you wanted to make it more of a meal, you could add chicken, salmon or halloumi. But it’s up to you how you want to eat yours, of course.

7) All that’s left is for you to eat your summery Surrey Street treat.

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford

Jess Bashford is a writer at a brand language consultancy and an English literature and creative writing graduate. She’s passionate about showing that Croydon is a great place to live and excited to delve into Croydon’s cultural side. She loves all things wordy and foody.

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