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Sauteed zucchini and mint

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
12 min
8 min
Need a go-to side dish for entertaining, this is your recipe! This easy 20-minute side features zucchini, a mildly flavored green vegetable in the squash family. Although it is common, the addition of orange juice and mint bring a totally different flavor to this tender vegetable, leaving it bright and full of elevated flavors. Perfectly pair this with seared salmon fillets, roasted duck breast or some lamb chops for a wonderful night with friends. Add some quickly made couscous to absorb some of the juices from the orange and round out your meal.


Olive oil

1 tsp

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked zucchini

3 medium, cut into 1/4 inch rounds

Unsweetened orange juice

¼ cup(s)

Red-wine vinegar

1 Tbsp

Kosher salt

¼ tsp

Orange zest

¼ tsp, grated

Mint leaves

3 Tbsp, chopped


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Sauté the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the zucchini; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, vinegar, salt and orange zest; cook until the liquid is slightly thickened but hasn't evaporated, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint. Serve hot or at room temperature.