My dear friend’s Italian mother reluctantly gave me her secret Zucchini Salad recipe and it does not disappoint. At first, I was skeptical to eat shaved raw zucchini but, wow is it good! This recipe has been in Anna’s Italian family for generations and is served at a variety of get togethers. Combined with a few simple fresh ingredients, this salad recipe is a winner.

The thinly shaved ribbon zucchini is paired with fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh chopped Italian parsley and extra virgin olive oil. Seasoned with a pinch of kosher salt and a few turns of cracked black pepper, this simple salad is bright, fresh and flavorful.

Try my Sautéed Spring Vegetable Salad or my Pan Fried Zucchini with Feta for delicious vegetable recipes.

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Substitutions and Ingredients Needed for Zucchini Salad

Zucchini- This recipe calls for 2-3 zucchini based on size. Remove the ends and shave using a mandoline slicer. The zucchini should be between 1/8th– ¼ of an inch thick. It should be thin enough where it is pliable, but not so thin that it’s fully translucent.

Lemon – This recipe calls for fresh squeezed lemon zest and lemon juice. Try this handy microplane grater and citrus juicer.

Oil – This recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil. Make sure to use a good brand. I use Delallo Foods brand, and it tastes amazing.

Herbs – This recipe calls for freshly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, but you could swap freshly chopped chives, mint, or basil instead.

Seasoning – This recipe calls for a pinch of kosher salt and a few turns of cracked black pepper.

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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s

How thin should you shave the zucchini? The zucchini should be between 1/8th– ¼ of an inch thick. It should be thin enough where it is pliable, but not so thin that it’s fully translucent.

How can you shave the zucchini into evenly sized slices? The best and safest way to shave the zucchini is with a mandoline slicer. You can adjust the thickness based on what you’re making. Check out my handy mandoline slicer here.

Does this salad need chilled? You can serve this salad chilled or at room temperature. It is best enjoyed immediately as the zucchini will slowly release moisture over time diluting the dressing.

What other ingredients could I add to this recipe? Toasted pine nuts, toasted walnuts, grated parmesan cheese, or more fresh herbs would all work well! Mint, basil or chopped chives are some examples.

Does the zucchini release moisture? Yes, the salt pulls moisture from the zucchini, so it is best to enjoy immediately. Or you can use a slotted spoon to drain off excess moisture. The zucchini will also soften as it marinates in the dressing.

What can I serve this salad with? Try my Chimichurri Grilled Chicken Thighs or my Peruvian Inspired Grilled Chicken.

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How to Make Shaved Zucchini Salad

Prepare the Zucchini

Wash and dry the zucchini and remove the ends. Use a mandoline slicer to shave the zucchini. It should be between 1/8th – ¼ of an inch thick. Add to a mixing bowl.

Assemble

Top the shaved zucchini with fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil, chopped flat leaf parsley, a pinch of kosher salt and few turns of cracked black pepper. Toss well and enjoy immediately.

How to Store

Best enjoyed immediately once dressed. Over time, the kosher salt and lemon juice will extract moisture from the zucchini.

However, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to separate the marinated zucchini from the excess moisture.

Try my Sautéed Spring Vegetable Salad or my Pan Fried Zucchini with Feta for delicious vegetable recipes.

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Zucchini Salad

My dear friend’s Italian mother reluctantly gave me her secret Zucchini Salad recipe and it does not disappoint. At first, I was skeptical to eat shaved raw zucchini but, wow is it good! This recipe has been in Anna’s Italian family for generations and is served at a variety of get togethers. Combined with a few simple fresh ingredients, this salad recipe is a winner.
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 zucchini, based on size – remove ends, thinly slice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch kosher salt, to taste
  • few turns cracked black pepper, to taste

Equipment

  • 1 mandoline slicer
  • 1 microplane grater
  • 1 citrus juicer

Instructions 

How to Make Shaved Zucchini Salad

    Prepare the Zucchini

    • Wash and dry the zucchini and remove the ends. Use a mandoline slicer to shave the zucchini. It should be between 1/8th – ¼ of an inch thick. Add to a mixing bowl.

    Assemble

    • Top the shaved zucchini with fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil, chopped flat leaf parsley, a pinch of kosher salt and few turns of cracked black pepper. Toss well and enjoy immediately.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving or 1/4 of the entire salad with dressing, Calories: 81kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 275mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 365IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg