Salads/ Sides

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

May 25, 2017 (Last Updated: September 7, 2017) by Emily

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A fresh, Summer Zucchini Ribbon Salad with a simple tart lemon dressing, arugula, and shavings of parmesan. It's light, easy and super delicious.

A fresh, Summer Zucchini Ribbon Salad with a simple tart lemon dressing, arugula, and shavings of parmesan. It’s light, easy and super delicious.

This zucchini ribbon salad is probably one of the simplest salads I’ve ever made yet so satisfying. The great thing about it is, it takes all of about 5 minutes to make and is perfect for a quick lunch in Summer or as a side with grilled chicken or fish.

Zucchini ribbon salad

I love simple salads in Summer, ones I can whip up with only a few ingredients that are fresh, light and hit the spot. There’s nothing worse than a lifeless, tasteless salad, right?

This zucchini ribbon salad is SO much simpler than all of those, I mean even the dressing takes two seconds. I start by shaving the zucchini into ribbons either by using a mandoline or speed peeler and add it to a bowl. I then add a handful of arugula/rocket, shavings of parmesan and some basil leaves, roughly chopped.

Zucchini ribbon salad

To make the dressing, I squeeze the juice half a lemon into a bowl with four tablespoons of olive oil and a little pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk it for a couple of seconds and it’s done. I dress the salad last minute when I’m about to serve and use only enough to coat the zucchini, there shouldn’t be too much.

I feel there is enough seasoning using only the dressing for this salad but you can add a pinch of salt afterward if you think it needs it. Also, try adding some pine nuts or walnuts for extra texture and crunch.

Zucchini ribbon salad

Zucchini ribbon salad

Hope you enjoy, oh and let me know what your favourite summer salad is down below!

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Zucchini Ribbon Salad

A fresh, Summer Zucchini Ribbon Salad with a simple tart lemon dressing, arugula, and shavings of parmesan. It's light, easy and super delicious.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 152kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 3 Zucchini
  • 1 large handful of arugula (around 50g/1.7 oz)
  • 1 large bunch of basil leaves , roughly chopped
  • 1 oz (30g) parmesan
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Cut the top and bottoms off the zucchini and shave into ribbons using a mandoline or speed peeler and add to a bowl.
  • Shave the parmesan using a vegetable peeler and add to the bowl along with the basil and arugula. Toss to mix together.
  • To make the dressing add the lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk together for a couple seconds then pour over the zucchini salad. You may not need all of the dressing you just want enough to coat the zucchini. Serve.


Serves 4 as a side and 2-3 for lunch.
Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.


Calories: 152kcal
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  • Reply
    May 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Never had a zucchini salad but this looks appealing! Would love to try it. Beautiful pictures!

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    May 25, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Mmmm This looks yummy!!!

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    Brandi Crawford
    May 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies for spring and summer and I’ve never had it in salad! This is creative and looks so delicious!5 stars

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    May 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Salads are my favorites in the summer, I can eat salads all the time :). I still have to make a zucchini noodle salad or ribbon. I am so curious to see how it tastes.

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    Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    May 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I make zoodles all the time, but I’ve never turned zucchini into a ribbon salad. This is going to be part of my lunch tomorrow!

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