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posted: 08/01/18

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Zucchini Salad is the perfect summer side dish! Made with simple ingredients, this recipe only takes 10 minutes to come together and is sure to wow. Serve it at a picnic or as part of a simple summer dinner outside.

bowl of raw zucchini salad with carrots and parmesan cheese

I am so in love with this Zucchini Salad, you guys. It’s a recipe that I created years ago. I love it’s simplicity, and the way all of the flavors come together in the most perfect way.

Fun fact: I entered this raw zucchini salad in a random and fun little food challenge, and a well known and professional chef took one bite and exclaimed how delicious it was. Super high praise that I will never get over.


I would argue that this is the best way to eat zucchini in a salad. Zucchini doesn’t have the same moisture rich crunch that cucumbers have, so they don’t act the same way in a raw salad. For example, I would never swap the cucumber in this Cucumber Tomato Salad for zucchini.

But peeling the zucchini into ribbons and marinating them with the carrots, they take on the delicious flavors of the salad dressing. This marinated zucchini salad is the perfect way to eat zucchini raw in a salad.

overhead view of marinated zucchini salad in wood bowl


Because this zucchini salad is made with shaved zucchini and carrots, it’s got the feel of a zucchini noodle salad to it. It’s made with just a few ingredients, making it so easy to throw together!

  • Carrots, shaved into ribbons
  • Zucchini, shaved into ribbons
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Basil
  • Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper

Guys, I’m willing to bet you already have half of that in your house. So easy!

parmesan being sprinkled on shaved zucchini salad


Summer always makes me want to come up with a million zucchini recipes for ya’ll. And this is just the beginning. I have several great zucchini recipes, and I love each one even more than the next.

If your garden is bursting with zucchini this summer, make sure you head back here and collect some of these fantastic zucchini recipes:

spooning up zucchini noodle salad

overhead view of marinated zucchini salad in wood bowl
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Zucchini Salad

Serves: 6 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
This marinated Zucchini Salad is the perfect easy side dish.  It comes together in about ten minutes and has the most delicious wonderful flavor.  If you are looking for a great vegetable side dish that you can feel good about serving to your family, make this raw zucchini salad.


  • 2 medium carrots peeled into strips
  • 2 medium zucchini peeled into strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss.
  • Place in the refrigerator, covered, and allow to marinate for at least a half hour or up to 24 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
overhead view of marinated zucchini salad in wood bowl

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Other great side dishes you will love:

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Roasted Asparagus

Baked Zucchini Fries

bowl of raw zucchini salad with carrots

A collage of two photos: salad spoons are spooning some of the zucchini salad and an overhead photo of the zucchini salad

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Sandy says

    This was delicious. I had it with grilled chicken. Plus I had some leftover and put my leftover chicken in and ate it for lunch. Delicious.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear this!

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