Spinach, Baked Zucchini Chips, and Feta Salad (and Feta Friday!)

Spinach, Baked Zucchini Chips, and Feta Salad (and Feta Friday!)

This salad was a complete experimentation! A couple weeks ago I was roasting some veggies and decided to toss in some very thin slices of zucchini. When I took them out of the oven they were browned quite perfectly and had a really crispy texture, so by complete accident, I created zucchini chips! I decided to play around some more with the idea this afternoon.

Here’s what you need for one serving (I mostly eyeballed my measurements but you can find a more exact recipe here):

• 1/2 of a large zucchini, cut into 1/4″ thick slices
• 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (I used panko since that’s what I had on hand, you could also use seasoned bread crumbs)
• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
• ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 egg (I used the entire egg, you can also use just the egg white)

Here’s what you do:

• Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

• In a small bowl mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, pepper, and parmesan cheese.

• Place the egg in a separate bowl, dip the zucchini slices in egg, then coat with the bread crumb mixture.

• Place all slices on a greased baking sheet. I sprayed mine with a bit of olive oil.

• Bake for 5 minutes then flip each slice and bake for another 7-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

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The taste and flavor were definitely there but this is definitely a work in progress. I think next time I’d like to cut the slices just a tad thinner because they brown a bit better than the thicker slices. They’re more “chip-like” and crispy when they’re thin, too!

After the chips were done baking I realized I hadn’t eaten any lunch so I topped a bed of spinach with some fresh sweet corn, Athenos Tomato and Basil Feta, and the zucchini chips. And I quickly whipped up a dressing that consisted of plain Greek yogurt, fresh parsley, red onion, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, cumin, and tomato which worked really well and was just the right consistency with the zucchini chips!

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And now it’s Feta Friday Giveaway Time! Making a change for the Feta one giveaway at a time 😉

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The prize pack includes:

• Free Athenos Feta coupon
• 1-month gym membership to LifeTime Fitness
• Athenos water bottle
• Athenos Feta recipe booklet
• Salad shaker travel container (great for picnics or taking your lunch to work!)
• Reusable lunch bag

Just like I created zucchini chips completely unplanned, share with us your best accident turned “this is a keeper recipe”! Leave a comment on this post with your story by Tuesday, July 27 11:59pm EST for your chance to win the prize pack! We’ll randomly select a winner and announce it next week 🙂

Happy weekend, friends!

[Chels]

19 Responses to "Spinach, Baked Zucchini Chips, and Feta Salad (and Feta Friday!)"

  1. OMG I totally made breaded zucchini for dinner tonight too!!! I am so excited to see that you did too…so delicious!

  2. Erica says:

    oh my amazing! That is a gorgeous looking salad. Glad it turned out better than expected. I once realized halfway through a muffin recipe that I didn’t have enough of a couple ingredients and ended up improving- best muffins I’ve ever made.

  3. Chopped summer squash & corn scrapped of the cobb as an addition to traditional pasta salad 🙂

  4. Danielle says:

    I was using my usual recipe for carrot cake, which calls for pineapple. However, instead of adding an 8oz can of pineapple like I was supposed to, I accidentally added a 20oz can. Was so afraid the cake would be too watery, but wouldn’t ya know….it just made it even more deliciously moist! 🙂

  5. peachkins says:

    when I burned my first jam.. it gave the jam a very nice flavor!

  6. Joanne says:

    I’ve made zucchini chips before and they are the only way I have successfully gotten my entire family to eat zucchini. That is how awesome they are. I love the salad with them and the feta – good call on flavors.

    Let’s see, kitchen disasters turned good. The one time I’ve attempted to make ice cream, my ice cream maker never quite got cold enough even after being in the freezer for 48 hours. As a result, I ended up more with ice cream milk…which made for an excellent pumpkin shake!

  7. monica says:

    OMGosh!!! that looks sooooo gooooood! I might just have to try make it, at least I can use fresh zucchini from my own garden! Hope its good as yours! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. Courtney L says:

    I’d have to say my attempt at a healthy bean dip, its wasnt anything like what i wanted it to be but delicious anyways!

  9. Jen Drake says:

    nice salad : ) Looks wicked yummy!

    my best accidental yum was putting somethings together for dinner one night and imporvising. i ended up “stir frying” floured chicken and broccoli with a different sauce then i meant to lol but was still really yummy with the white rice : )

  10. Anita says:

    We were making pancakes one morning and the recipe called for a dash of cinnamon. Well, the lid was not on right and the cinnamon came pouring out into the mixture. It was already late in the morning so we used the batter anyway and WOW. The extra cinnamon gave the pancakes an AWESOME kick and ever since then we pour on the cinnamon!

  11. Meagan says:

    My families favorite “Spicy Pasta” was an accident because I add red chilli powder on accident, but it turned out great!

  12. Sharon says:

    This salad looks absolutely luscious…I love it when there is a warm vegetable of any kind on my salad…so delicious!!

  13. Melissa says:

    My best “mistake” was while making a batch of brownies with marshmallow and chocolate ganache topping. I still have no idea what I did wrong, but they came out with a very cakey consistency. Not at all chewy like brownies. So then I just had chocolate cake with marshmallow and chocolate ganache topping!

  14. Traci says:

    Our favorite “accident” came from the fun of experimenting with our panini press. The kids spread chimichurri sauce instead of pesto on their sandwiches…YUM!! It is delicious! Now we always have both available.

  15. kimz says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily say it was an accident, but a couple of years ago I was making cheeseburger slider appetizers for a party. Almost all the way cooked and I realize I forgot the buns! Oh no! But I had english muffins, so I broiled the sliders on the english muffins instead. They meat came out absolutely perfect and the juice seeped into the crispy muffin, but didn’t soak through like it would on a regular bun! They’re my most requested appetizer!

  16. These would be great to serve as little appetizers at a dinner party! I’ve never had a very successful “accident”…I ususally just make Z eat them! =)

  17. Sharlene says:

    Oh my goodness those zucchini chips look amazing! Delicious and healthy! Love it. I don’t think I quite have an accidental best idea ever except for a while I realized that anything tasted good if you added enough cayenne pepper to it. That doesn’t quite count though. Otherwise, I end up ordering take-out.

  18. joan says:

    I love zucchini cooked any which way! These look delicious.

  19. Katie says:

    I’m stealing this story from my husband: one time he ran out of cranberry juice for his famous BBQ sauce and used Mountain Dew instead. The ribs were unbelievable!

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