Zucchini appetizer with cream cheese and prosciutto

Huma Qurashi By Huma Qurashi

Looking for a delicious and healthy zucchini snack that will impress your guests? These zucchini rolls are both healthy and festive. Whether you’re throwing a party or just want to add some variety to your next meal, zucchini rolls are the perfect choice. They’re super easy to make and they’re great as a snack or a side dish.

Zucchini rolls are a fantastic snack option that combines the freshness of zucchini with a flavorful filling. These little treats are not only visually appealing, but they’re incredibly versatile. You can customize them to your taste preferences and dietary restrictions, making them suitable for everyone at your gathering. This zucchini snack is gluten-free, and it’s easy to make vegetarian by omitting the prosciutto. Looking for a vegan version? Swap the cream cheese for a nut cheese. Another great variation for this roll snack uses salmon in the filling and cucumber instead of zucchini.

The beauty of zucchini rolls is their simplicity. All you need are thinly sliced zucchini and a delicious filling of your choice. Although you can do this with a sharp knife, a mandoline is a much better choice. Zucchini acts as the perfect vessel, providing a refreshing crunch while allowing the flavor of the filling to shine through.

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How to make a zucchini appetizer

To prepare the zucchini, arrange the slices on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. The salt will draw out excess moisture and make the zucchini slices more pliable. Once the water has drained, pat the zucchini slices dry with paper towels.

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Next, it’s time to fill the zucchini. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over each zucchini slice. Be generous, but don’t overload them; you want each slice to be able to roll up easily without spilling. Place the pepper strips on top of the cheese, then place a piece of prosciutto on top of the cheese and pepper. Once all of the slices are filled, carefully roll them up from one end to form neat little rolls.

Serve these delicious zucchini rolls chilled as an elegant appetizer or snack at parties, gatherings, or even as part of an easy lunch or dinner menu.

Zucchini appetizer with cream cheese and prosciutto

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  • 2 large zucchinis, sliced into thin, lengthwise strips
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 4 small sweet peppers, cut into thin sticks


  • Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the zucchini into thin, lengthwise slices.
  • Place the zucchini on a baking sheet, lightly salt each side, and let sit until the zucchini begins to release water, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, basil, green onions and capers.
  • Dry the zucchini.
  • Spread the cream cheese over each zucchini slice and place about 3 bell pepper sticks on top of the cheese, allowing the peppers to partially overhang the edge, spreading them evenly.
  • Place a strip of prosciutto on top of the cheese and peppers.
  • Roll each squash so the pepper is sticking out at the top and place on a serving tray.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.


  • Calories: 150-200 (depending on the size of the zucchini slices and filling amount)
  • Fat: 10-15g (mostly from the cream cheese and prosciutto)
  • Carbs: 5-10g (mostly from the zucchini and peppers)
  • Protein: 5-10g (mostly from the cream cheese and prosciutto)
  • Fiber: 2-3g (mostly from the zucchini)
  • Vitamins and minerals: Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Cream cheese adds calcium and vitamin A.
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Hi! I'm Huma Qurashi, an international educator and food writer, excited about bringing you traditional Pakistani recipes from across the country.
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