Zucchini Carpaccio


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Right now I am all about lightening up our meals at home and at work. It’s about that time of the year when we all start spending way more time outdoors, running around with friends and we want to be able to eat great food that isn’t going to weigh us down or make us tired…

This Zucchini Carpaccio with a Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch or side dish for this sunny time of year. Its a no-cook dish too which means there is no need to turn on those hot ovens or stoves! I topped mine with fresh basil and chives from my garden and a sprinkle of feta cheese just to give it a little bit of creaminess…. man it was delicious! I plan on making it again tomorrow for dinner, and probably the next day too. Maybe I’ll even mix it up a bit and add some raw asparagus in there too!

Zucchini Carpaccio



  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp feta cheese crumbled
  • salt and pepper


  • Using a vegetable peeler or mandolin, slice the zucchini length wise in super thin strips. Arrange the strips onto a plate. Sprinkle on feta cheese, 1 tbsp of fresh basil, chives, salt and pepper. Meanwhile in a small bowl, juice the Meyer Lemon. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking making the dressing into an emulsion. Add the other tbsp of fresh basil and let the flavors marinate for a few minutes before drizzling over the zucchini. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

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  1. RecipeGirl Lori

    Bikini? I’ll be happy if I can just get into shorts and feel good this summer lol!! This looks great. Gonna take this recipe w/ me on my beach vacation. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      ooo you’re gonna love it Lori! It’s perfect beach food!

  2. marla {family fresh cooking}

    No cook, quick, fresh ingredients and bikini ready….perfect! Great recipe πŸ™‚

  3. Natalie (The City Sisters)

    Mmmm…I love zucchini and basil and lemon and dill and feta. What a refreshing combination! I am so making this, but I think I’d need to eat it everyday for a year before I could ever where a bikini again!!

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  5. Susan- Cooking to Save

    Love that this is “no cook”! It will be perfect for the dog days of summer…

    • gaby dalkin

      so true Susan!!! I hate turning my oven on when its crazy hot out! This is perfect for that!

  6. Monika

    I planted zucchini seeds on Mother’s Day and have 27 plants coming up right now! This will be my go to recipe when I have all that zucchini that I won’t even be able to give away!

  7. Cindy

    This is perfect for my crop of zucchinis that are going wild. Thanks, Gaby!!

    • gaby dalkin

      Oh I am so jealous that you planted zucchini’s!! I don’t have enough space πŸ™ Lucky you!!

  8. The Food Hunter

    Such a quick and fresh way to prepare zucchini….I love it!

  9. chaya

    This is wonderful. Just what we need, light but with taste.

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