Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Ribbons of zucchini can instantly transform a simple salad into something you might see served at an upscale restaurant, not only does it look pretty, but the added zucchini adds a special element of flavor. This is so easy to make and you don’t even need a fancy gadget to do it!

A simple vegetable peeler is all you’ll need to to cut the thin lengthwise strips of zucchini. Start by cutting off the ends of your zucchini then use your peeler to cut the strips, stopping and turning when you see the seeds. The unused portion as seen in the photo above can easily be diced up and used for future use.

You’ll want to make sure you cook your strips of zucchini either in a stove top grill or saute pan coated with a tiny bit of olive oil, they only take a couple of minutes. Make sure they cool completely before adding them to your salad.

I used arugula for my salad base and tossed it in a vinaigrette of 3 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar, added a touch of Dijon, a crushed garlic clove, salt, black pepper and oregano, any lemon based dressing would be work as well.
Lay your zucchini strips on top, toss in some feta or shaved Parmesan and sprinkle with toasted nuts, I used hazelnuts here with the feta, but pine nuts or slivered almonds would be just as good. To finish, drizzle a little more dressing over the top. Just let your creative juices flow and make it your own!
Buon Appetito

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  1. This salad looks absolutely delicious – fresh and crispy. I am more and more glad that summer approaches. Yumm!

  2. This looks so delicious and fresh…will have to add it to the menu for this weeks meals! Thanks for the ALWAYS inspiring recipes!

  3. I love your ribbons, mine always burn on the grill!
    I made your ribbon pasta last year, and that was delish.

  4. Your salad looks lovely What a coincidence too! I made a salad just like this for my cooking class last Friday, but I used ricotta salata instead of feta (more Italian). I love zucchini ribbons!

  5. The hazelnuts sound delicious! I make a very similar zucchini salad but I use pistachios, also very good :)

    I also wanted to tell you that I made the pea & edamame puree with ricotta toasts last week and really enjoyed it, but perhaps the leftovers were even better. I made some quick ravioli using wonton wrappers and the pea puree, and I strained and baked the ricotta so that it was caramelized and could be crumbled on top of the ravioli. With a quick browned butter sauce and some toasted walnuts, it was a phenomenal meal!

  6. I’m in! I’m stopping at the store while I’m out today and picking up a few zucchini and some arugula so I can make this tonight. I just bought a mandoline, so it should make quick work of the zuccini strips. Wow. My mouth is just watering. Thanks, Marie!

  7. I’m in! This looks so amazing, Marie. I’m stopping at the store while I’m out today and buying some zucchini and arugula so I can make this tonight. I just bought a mandoline so it should make quick work of the zucchini strips. My mouth is so watering right now. Thanks, Marie!

  8. Great idea. We enjoy zucchini but I have never grilled strips as you did. Looks wonderful.

  9. Oh how I wish I had some zucchini to make this salad for lunch today. I’ll have to remember this for another time.

  10. What a beautiful salad, Marie. The grill marks on the zucchini strips adds lovely color and hazelnuts add a nice crunch. I can’t wait to try this.

  11. Those zucchini strips are supremely purty. I love the hazelnut addition. It really sets this apart.

  12. This is a perfect way to eat zucchini. You inspired me with a similar recipe a while back and it’s been a staple veggie for me ever since!

  13. This looks absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to try it with my first crop of zucchini this summer!

  14. perfect timing I was looking for something to make with zucchini tonight.

  15. I’ve done this Marie, and it tastes so good! I never thought to add nust..wonderful idea!

    Thanks for your kind words…my friend is improving day by day. She was very lucky!

    ♥ Pat

  16. What a beautiful salad! I love the combination of arugula and zucchini. Tangy feta and some nuts for crunch – just perfect!

  17. This zucchini salad looks so nice, love the way you sliced them…very nice and tasty :-)

  18. This is gorgeous! I’ve been MIA for awhile, but glad to come back and see this fabulous dish!

  19. Gorgeous salad! I can’t get enough zucchini during the summer months, so I will definitely be trying this.

  20. I love zucchini Marie and this look awesome and tasty!! gloria

  21. Definitely my kind of dish. I love the addition of the salty cheese and hazelnuts (which seem to be under-utilized and are so delicious). I would finish with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. And, as a true Italian pasta lover, if there were any leftover, I know this would be delicious tossed with pasta the next day!

  22. So excited I came upon your blog this evening…I will be making a version of your zucchini ribbon salad, thanks for the inspiration!

  23. I love your blog…can’t you make your
    recipes printer friendly, or is there
    something I’m missing??

  24. This is beautiful Marie, your pic looks like it should be in a magazine!

  25. Cool salad! I love how you grilled the zucchini!

  26. Oh my goodness, I could eat a pound of this beautiful salad! I tend to overlook zucchini, but this recipe has gotten my attention big time.

  27. Wow…what a great idea! And so beautiful too

  28. Pure Italian!

  29. This salad looks absolutely delicious and beautiful!!

  30. Linda, If I could find an easy way to do it I would in a heartbeat! Any suggestions readers?

  31. A georgous & tasty superb loooking salad!!

    Lovely ,..eeuh,..excellent food!

  32. I could eat a huge bowl of that salad, Marie. I love zucchini ribbons!

  33. Looks so pretty with that vibrant green color; we grew up on zucchini salad with mint and garlic dressing so I love it; your way is way more elegant!

  34. Simply beautiful!!!

  35. So colorful and healthy, best looking salad I’ve seen lately.

    Ciao!

  36. Wow Marie! That is soooo pretty. And I bet it tasted great. Another great idea!
    LL

  37. GREAT!! I’ll give this simple recipe a try.

    Yes, you can cook

    Thank U :O)

  38. This is one of those dishes that looks so cool with minimal effort but still tastes awesome!! I LOVE zucchini and I think I want to try this with goat cheese:) yum!

  39. What a nice zucchini salad! I like grilling up zucchini like this.

  40. I’m going to babysit those ribbons and not char them this time. Want to do this for Mother’s Day. We have zucchini and eggplants growing in our front flower garden in NYC growing up – my mother adores them!

  41. Anonymous says:

    I made and served this salad at a little dinner party with zucchini from my neighbor’s garden – it was a huge success! Thanks!

  42. Anonymous, I’m so glad it was a sucess!

  43. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! Glad I already have Zucchini!

  44. Your presentation is really beautiful! I make the same sort of salad (except I use pine nuts and parmesan – must try it with feta which I love), but just sliced the courgette really thinly ~ the ribbons really make it into a wow dish!

    ~ marie, the EpicureanPiranha

  45. looks fantastic! i love zucchini ribbon and the combination with spinach an hazelnuts sounds brilliant! definitely need to make this!

    love your blog btw. beautiful photos and great recipes!

  46. Beautifully yummy!!!

  47. This looks so good! A perfect spring/summer salad!

  48. What an incredible recipe.

  49. I am making this to go with our lasagna and breadsticks stuffed with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. It will be the perfect accompaniment. I found you on Pinterest,thanks for sharing!

  50. This is literally my favorite salad ever.

  51. The salad looks so divine, I have actually made this before at a dinner party – such a success especially where everyone is dieting. Just shared your blog and recipe with a few of facebook friends.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Wow, looks amazing as do all the other recipes here and where has this blog been all my life? I wonder, do you have to cook the zucchini for this salad? Could it work raw??

  53. What a gorgeous salad! Thanks so much for sharing this. Yum!

  54. I made it today… It’s so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  56. Todays the day I’m going to make a version….since I when I 1st saw the photo I thought the hazelnuts were chickpeas I have chickpeas on the brain!! Looks great, thanks!

  57. This is a great recipe that I got firstly from Pintterest. It is a shame that it is difficult to find now

  58. I made this salad today and it was simply delicious! I used pecans cause I didn’t have hazel nuts and it was a perfect combination. I will definitely be making this salad again. Thank you for sharing.

  59. Saw this on Pinterest and my eyes popped out. It looks sooo yummy and healthy too. I’m trying it out this week and I’ll post on my blog.
    Thanks for the recipe!
    -Alexandra (Travel Pumps)

  60. AnnellaW says:

    LOVED this – took ages to do all the zucchini so leave lots of time. I was so surprised at how incredibly delicious this was – I saw the recipe on Pinterest and didn’t have a lot of confidence that the zucchini would have that much taste. Wow, I was certainly surprised. Loved this – thank you!

  61. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! i am so glad i found it, i tried this today and my family love it. It not only looks good but it tastes out of this world. I didn’t have hazelnut so I used sliced almonds. The dressing was really great! this recipe is a keeper for sure.
    thanks again!

  62. I just made this salad. It was sooooo good and so easy to make. I used balsami vinegar instead of red wine vinegar because I love all things balsamic and I left out the Dijon because I didn’t have any. My teenaged son even ate his entire portion! I will make this time and time again. Thank you.

  63. What a beauty. This would be great as a side for steak/chicken!

  64. I love this salad yum yum so wonderful and very declicious thank you cant wait to get the books and have a great read how exciting all the best and thank you for the lovely recipes sooooo good

  65. I am so gonna pin this then totally make that soon!! What a genius idea, ty for sharing!! Congrats on all the replies and social media attention…gr8 content always works in our favor!! :-)

  66. I made a variation fo this salad last night — It was a BIG hit!!! Thank you.

  67. It looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  68. made this tonight with dinner and it was a hit with the whole family. I had no idea such a simple recipe could turn out so tasty. It was a cinch to put together too. It was light but filling at the same time thanks to the grilled zucchini. Nice balance of flavors & textures, and the vinaigrette recipe is a keeper too.

  69. The salad looks delicious but I was wondering if you use baby spinach instead of arugula if it change the dynamics of the taste has anyone tried that I a not fond of arugula. Thanks Brenda

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