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Baked feta with charred courgettes recipe

Baked feta with charred courgettes recipe

8 ratings

We all know roughly what to expect when it comes to barbecue mains, but the side dishes are where you can get really creative. Parcels of creamy feta, rainbow chard, chilli and herbs are baked on the barbecue until gooey and loaded onto a bed of spinach, mint and gorgeously tender, smoky courgettes. Gluten-free and veggie-friendly, as well as packed with protein, vitamin C and 1 of your 5 a day, this is one show-stealing side. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 181 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 200g rainbow chard, stalks finely chopped and leaves reserved
  • 200g pack feta, cut into chunks
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 15g flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • ½ red chilli, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed and ground
  • 3 courgettes, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 150g baby spinach leaves
  • 30g pack mint, leaves roughly torn

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    15g 21%
  • Saturates

    6g 29%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    0.9g 16%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 4.1g Protein 8.3g Fibre 1.5g


  1. Brush 2 foil sheets (30cm x 40cm) with oil. Divide the chard stalks between them and put the feta on top. Scatter over the lemon zest and juice, parsley, chilli and coriander. Drizzle over 1 tbsp oil. Fold up the foil and seal.
  2. If using a gas barbecue, preheat to medium, or if using charcoal wait until the coals are glowing and the flames have died down. Put the parcels on the barbecue for 15 mins, turning halfway through. Rub 1 tbsp oil on the courgettes and cook for 3-4 mins each side, until lightly charred.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan over a medium heat. Fry the chard leaves for 4-5 mins, until wilted. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Toss the spinach, mint, courgettes and chard leaves in a bowl. Top with the feta and chard stalks. Drizzle over the juice from the parcels.

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