Marinated Zucchini Salad

You can’t read food blogs in August without getting bombarded by zucchini recipes.  Well, here’s another one to add to the pile… and I should warn you that I have another zucchini recipe or two on the back burner that you’ll be seeing in the next week or two.

If it’s too hot to cook and you’re feeling a little bit lazy, this is the recipe for you.  Actually, I can barely even call it a recipe.  Raw, paper-thin zucchini slices get marinated in a lemon and garlic-infused olive oil and are finished with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and some freshly chopped basil.  That’s it.  Easy.

Easy, but delicious.  Gotta love simple and elegant Southern European fare.


Marinated Zucchini Salad

Yield: 4 side servings


* 1 pound zucchini, cut as thinly as possible
* 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
* 3 Tablespoons olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, smashed
* salt and pepper
* 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Place the zucchini, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in a medium to large bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Just before serving, taste and adjust the salt and pepper and garnish with fresh basil.

Adapted from this recipe from

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3 Responses to “Marinated Zucchini Salad”

  1. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — August 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, this is so simple, but it looks so good! I have some little pattypan squashes in the fridge I think I'll try this way. I know when I make similar salads with cucumber it quite often gets watered down after sitting in the fridge overnight. Does this do something similar? Either way I'm going to give it a try to use up my squash, thanks for sharing :)


  2. #
    myfudo — August 19, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I love Zucchini variations. This one will be added to my list of this kind.


  3. #
    CATE — August 19, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Heidi, the zucchini did give off a tiny bit of water, but not as much as cucumber would. It didn't seem like it was enough liquid to warrant salting it beforehand.

    Hope you like it :)


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