Grilled Sausage, Zucchini & Escarole Salad

You might think of sausage as a cool-weather comfort-food, but it goes great with veggies like grilled zucchini and escarole in this summer-ready dinner salad.
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grilled sausage zucchini salad

Recipe by Colu Henry

Serves: 4

Start to Finish: 35 minutes


  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • 2 tbsp. finely grated pecorino, plus 1/4 cup for garnish

  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh flatleaf parsley, plus 1/2 cup whole leaves for garnish

  • 4 fresh sweet Italian sausages (about 12 oz.)

  • 1 large or 2 medium heads escarole (about 1 1/4 lb. total), halved lengthwise

  • 2 medium zucchini (about 12 oz. total), quartered lengthwise

  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)

  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, for garnish


1. Prepare the grill for medium heat. In a bowl, whisk 1/4 cup oil, the vinegar, 2 tbsp. pecorino, and the chopped parsley; season the dressing with salt and pepper.

2. Grill the sausages, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Let cool. Slice the sausages on a sharp angle.

3. Brush the cut sides of the escarole and zucchini with the remaining 3 tbsp. oil; season. Grill, turning occasionally, until charred and browned in spots, about 3 minutes.

4. Roughly chop the escarole. In a large bowl, toss the escarole and lemon juice; season. Slice the zucchini pieces in half crosswise. Divide the escarole among plates. Top with the zucchini and sausages. Drizzle with the dressing. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup pecorino, the parsley leaves, and crushed red pepper.