Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Salsa

Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Salsa
Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Salsa

Most often, I serve these pancakes with salsa for a light supper but for breakfast I omit the onions and serve them with maple syrup. This is a fun dish to make with children. If they want to do it all by themselves, a package of corn muffin mix works well. Follow the directions for cornmeal pancakes and add the vegetables to the wet mixture.



Total TimeUnder 30 minutes


  • For the Salsa:
  • 2 yellow or orange tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 small avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • For the Pancakes:
  • ¾ cup (85 g) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups (190 g) yellow cornmeal
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (175 g) grated yellow summer squash or yellow zucchini (about 1 ½ medium)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup (250 ml) fresh salsa (from above), or your favorite commercial salsa


For the Salsa

  1. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, avocado, jalapeño pepper, and the cilantro with the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, and salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. 

For the Pancakes

  1. In a medium bowl, put flour, baking powder, sugar, cornmeal and salt. Blend with a spoon.

  2. In a small bowl, put the egg, milk, oil, squash, pepper, and onion.

  3. Mix the wet ingredients with a spoon. 

  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir lightly until just barely moist. Heat a nonstick frying pan or griddle, then cook 2 or 3 pancakes at a time over medium heat until both sides are golden brown and the insides are firm. 

  5. Keep the pancakes warm in a low oven until all are cooked. Serve the pancakes with the salsa.


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