Grilled zucchini salad with sunflower seed dressing on a white plate.

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Corn, Chickpeas, Sprouts and a Creamy Sunflower Dressing

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


This Grilled Zucchini Salad recipe is THE BEST salad ever. It’s loaded with summertime favorites like grilled zucchini and corn, alfalfa sprouts, purple cabbage, and healthy chickpeas and tossed in a super creamy and easy to make sunflower seed dressing.

| vegan + gluten-free + refined sugar-free |



Grilled Zucchini Salad

  • 4 medium zucchinis, 2 sliced into 1/2 inch rounds, 2 sliced lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups salad greens – arugula and spinach both work well. I’ve used a farmers market blend in the pictures.
  • A few handfuls of alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • A handful of sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dill fronds

Sunflower Seed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon miso (use gluten-free soy sauce, if needed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Optional: a pinch of cayenne
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Oil and preheat your grill to high. Toss the zucchini and corn with the oil and sea salt. Grill on high, turning the zucchini once and the corn a few times. Cook the zucchini for 3-4 minutes per side and the corn for 10 minutes. When the corn is cool enough to touch, cut off the kernels.
  2. While the zucchini and corn are cooking, place all the sunflower seed dressing ingredients into your high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth.
  3. Layer the salad greens, alfalfa sprouts, chickpeas, cabbage, sunflower seeds, dill, and the grilled zucchini and corn in a large salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat.


If you don’t have a high-powered blender, use sunflower seed butter instead of whole seeds.