Raw Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Basil

August 17, 2006 at 6:25 am (B plus (3.5 stars, like a lot), Italian, Jack Bishop, Quick weeknight recipe, Salads, Summer recipes)

Slicing zucchini paper thin yields a salad with a wonderful, silky mouthfeel; the lemon and olive oil and basil all come together to create one unifying flavor. This simple but lovely recipe is from The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook by Jack Bishop.


4 medium zucchini (about 1.5 pounds)
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
10 large fresh basil leaves, cut into very thin strips

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My Notes

After trying two of Bishop’s tomato salads that looked simple but tasty, and not being too excited about either, I was nervous about this one, since it’s even more simple! But I’ve never eaten raw zucchini so had to try it. I used a vegetable peeler to slice the zucchini into long thin strips. Bishop says to refrigerate the sliced zucchini until well chilled, but mine was already cold so I didn’t bother.

I’m not sure of the exact proportions I used, but I only used 1 zucchini and I vaguely recall that I needed more lemon juice than called for: 3/4 Tablespoon. I think I actually used 1.5 Tablespoons, and maybe the zest too? In any case, the salad was wonderful. It was totally different than I expected. I’ll definitely be making this salad for friends!

Rating: B+
Derek: B-


  1. Tallulah said,

    This sounds good, I am going to try it for mother’s day dinner today.

  2. Tallulah said,

    Here is what I made:

    8 squash (I used 4 yellow/green squash, 4 bright yellow squash), cut into long, thin pieces using a vegetable peeler
    25 basil leaves, cut into long thin strips
    1 tbsp. sea salt
    3 tbsp. lemon juice

    I loved it, so did mom. Dad didn’t like it because he doesn’t like basil, and Hana thought it was too sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Tallulah said,

    Yes, I failed to use olive oil. I don’t think it needed it. I think if you respond to the comment I made here I get your message, which might be more direct than going through mom 😛

  4. ReBecca said,

    I had one rather large zucchini, added two tomatoes and three ears of corn scraped off of the cob. I also used a bit of cilantro and a beautiful spring onion, all from my garden. A splash of white wine to add a bit more interest and it was heaven for the company we fed!

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