zucchini carpaccio salad

Growing up in the midwest, I thought it was just a cruel joke that spring and summer clothes would show up at the mall in February. Bright colors, shorts, flip flops…when there was still snow and slush on the ground. It didn’t occur to me until I moved away that spring was actually starting to happen in other parts of the country.

Now that I’m trying to eat more seasonally, I’m realizing that our season in food is also ahead of the game. We had kale before everyone had kale, and now the first of our zucchini’s have arrived. So if you live up north, consider this your summer preview.

This salad couldn’t be easier. Thin zucchini coins are tossed in a bright basil-parsley sauce. I’m calling it a vinaigrette, but it’s really something in between a pesto & chimichurri. There are no nuts so it’s thinner than pesto, but the basil gives it an essence of pesto. I’ve put the leftover dressing over everything – drizzled it over eggs, sandwiches, over pizza right after it’s come out of the oven…

serves 3-4 as a side.

INGREDIENTS:
3 medium zucchinis
1-2 scallions, chopped
2 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

basil & parsley vinaigrette: (this will make extra)
1 cup flat leaf parsley
1 cup basil
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinaigrette
juice of 1/2 small lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon honey or agave
salt & pepper to taste

METHOD:
Put dressing ingredients into a food processer and blend until ingredients are combined, but not pureed. You want to still see green flecks. Taste and adjust seasonings. Set aside.

Using a mandoline, shave un-peeled zucchinis into thin coins.

Toss zucchini, scallions and some of the vinaigrette together (use as much or little as you wish – start with less and taste as you go – I used between a quarter to a half cup). Adjust seasonings again if necessary.

Arrange on a platter and top with sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Cover leftover dressing and store it at room temperature.

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. Sounds nice, very spring-ish! Maybe if I made it without the feta I could get over my hate of raw zucchini, installed into me by my idiotic parents who thought force-feeding kids stuff is a good idea…

    Wonder what would be a good substitute for the champagne vinaigrette? I have a whole bunch of different vinegars – at least cider, rice, white and red (umeboshi and balsamico probably aren’t relevant).

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Maija,

      I’m not crazy about raw zucchini either, but that raw bit kind of goes away (for me) when they’re sliced almost paper thin. I’d go for red or white wine vinegar as an alternate choice. Balsamic would be fine too.

  2. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    That looks beautiful! I can hardly wait for the summer zucchini to invade our farmer’s market–even though it barely even feels like spring yet!

  3. Hey Jeanine, I just stumbled onto your blog and so happy that I did since I adore your style of recipes. Can’t wait to see what you make next. :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Janet!

  4. adrienne from adrienneats.blogspot.com on said:

    I love everything about this salad. Can’t wait until zucchini fills the farmers market in NC!

  5. I love this! I saw a recipe for zucchini carpaccio in New Latin Classics and had it on the menu for this summer. You beat me to it! I haven’t heard that zucchini is growing up here yet, I’m six hours north of you, but I might come across some Texas zucchini at the farmers market this weekend. If I do, I’m giving this a try!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      came in my CSA and everything – it’s been such a warm spring it feels like summer here!

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  12. Kelly Renquist on said:

    I made this last night as a side for dinner with friends. It was beyond delicious! I folded some of the dressing into some cooked wild rice and added a bit of oil and lemon and then topped it with your zucchini recipe. We devoured it. You’re right about the dressing. It would make just about anything taste great! Thanks!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      so glad you liked it! I’m getting excited for summer & zucchini season :)

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