Zucchini Sottolio

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1 1/4 pounds zucchini, sliced into 1/3-inch-thick rounds (about 3 zucchini)

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 

1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups water 

10 fresh basil leaves 

10 fresh mint leaves 

2 bird's eye chili peppers or other fresh spicy chili pepper, sliced into thin rings 

2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 

2 to 3 cups extra-virgin olive oil 

Flaky sea salt


  1. Place the sliced zucchini in a colander over a bowl and toss well with the salt. Allow the zucchini to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups of vinegar and the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the salted zucchini to the pot and return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium to maintain a simmer and cook until the zucchini is cooked through but still has a little texture, 4 to 5 minutes. Strain the zucchini and place in a large bowl. Add the basil, mint, sliced chili, garlic and remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Toss well. Add enough olive oil to cover the zucchini and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Pack the zucchini in jars or a storage container with a tight fitting lid making sure the zucchini remains covered with the oil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Serve at room temperature sprinkled with a pinch of flaky sea salt.