Zucchini Carpaccio

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Zucchini Carpaccio is an easy, healthy, and delicious summer side dish. Raw zucchini is shaved into ribbons and then tossed with lemon, olive oil, and parmesan for the perfect no-cooking required side dish.

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Holy smokes you guys! You have to see these zucchini my grandfather got out of his garden. They’re HUGE! My mom kindly delivered the veggies to me and she seriously carried these zucchini like babies. It was hilarious. I’ve talked before about how my grandparents are so generous and share everything that comes out of their amazing garden. These zucchini are no different. And it’s a good thing they’re willing to share because {Garden Update} I caught the scoundrel who’d been frequenting the Bites of Bri veggie buffet. But seriously, that is a large cucumber in the middle and it looks like a mini cucumber next to the giant zucchini.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

When I got home from work a few weeks ago, I went out back to check on the garden and heard a lot of commotion. As it turns out, that groundhog (yes, a groundhog!) knew he’d been busted and caught red handed pawed so he was doing his best to scoot his big butt underneath the fence. UGH! He annihilated my zucchini plants and ate all of their leaves. I’m not sure that they’ll make it. Sniff. Sniff.

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So thank goodness my grandparents are willing to share. In addition to the monster zucchini, they also sent some squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, the most beautiful peppers, and more!

For this recipe, you want to use zucchini on the smaller side. Not to fear though, I’ll be cooking up zucchini fritters, zucchini bread, zucchini brownies, and anything else zucchini you can think of with those monster zucchini! So let me know if you have ideas.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Start by using a vegetable peeler to shave the zucchini lengthwise into ribbons. Once you get toward the middle of the zucchini, flip it over an shave the other side. I throw out the center “plank” because it often has seeds. It’s up to you.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Once the zucchini ribbons are complete, toss the zucchini in a colander with salt. Let this rest approximately 20-30 minutes so the water can drain from the zucchini.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Once the zucchini have drained, give them a gentle squeeze with a paper towel to remove any residual water. If there’s still a ton of water in them, give them a few more squeezes.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Once drained and squeezed, you’re ready to assemble the salad. Toss the zucchini ribbons with olive oil, salt. and pepper. Add this to a serving bowl or to individual plates. Squeeze a touch of lemon juice over top of the zucchini ribbons. Use the same vegetable peeler to peel some parmesan cheese over top.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

That’s it! Enjoy this perfectly healthy and EASY side dish.

Zucchini Carpaccio | Bites of Bri

Zucchini Carpaccio

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 side servings

Zucchini Carpaccio is an easy, healthy, and delicious summer side dish. Raw zucchini is shaved into ribbons and then tossed with lemon, olive oil, and parmesan for the perfect no-cooking required side dish.

Ingredients

  • 3 small zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • parmesan for topping

Instructions

  1. Start by using a vegetable peeler to shave the zucchini lengthwise into ribbons. Once you get toward the middle of the zucchini, flip it over an shave the other side. I throw out the center “plank” because it often has seeds.
  2. Once the zucchini ribbons are complete, toss the zucchini in a colander with salt. Let this rest approximately 20-30 minutes so the water can drain from the zucchini.
  3. Once the zucchini have drained, give them a gentle squeeze with a paper towel to remove any residual water. If there’s still a ton of water in them, give them a few more squeezes.
  4. Once drained and squeezed, you’re ready to assemble the salad. Toss the zucchini ribbons with olive oil, salt. and pepper. Add this to a serving bowl or to individual plates. Squeeze a touch of lemon juice over top of the zucchini ribbons. Use the same vegetable peeler to peel some parmesan cheese over top.

Notes

"Cook" time is the time used for the zucchini to drain. This recipe requires only about 10 minutes of hands on time.

http://bitesofbri.com/2014/07/zucchini-carpaccio/

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Comments

  1. says

    OMG! Yes….double Yes! #yarm I adore Zucchini Carpaccio, although when I make it, I use the big zuchs because it means less prep time. The perfect feed on its own or as a side. Soooo good! :)

  2. says

    Wow! I think that’s the biggest zucchini I ever seen! I’m sure you’re loving all the fresh veggies you got from grandfather. And these ribbons look delicious! I’ve always wanted to try these, but never realized just how easy it was to prepare. Looks delish!

  3. says

    Omg I totally read Zucchini Cappuccino when I first clicked on your post. I thought, oh my this will be interesting! haha! But the Zucchini Carpaccio sounds much better! 😉 This looks amazing! I love simple summer salads like this!

    • Bri says

      Annie, that’s hilarious! and that would definitely be interesting! I know cappuccino, but I’m not sure of the zucchini variety!

    • Bri says

      Todd, I know, right?! He always gives great advice but I’m sure it’s his love of it that makes the successes :)

  4. says

    OMG, I would have died to find a groundhog and the destruction it left behind. I’m so sorry! Thankfully, your have some pretty awesome grandparents 😀 I love the simplicity and freshness of this recipe. I need to eat this ASAP!

  5. says

    Oh no! That sucks about the groundhog! It is so sad when you work so hard and then an animal just comes in and rips everything apart. At least you have a nice huge zucchinis! I love how simple this salad is, but it also looks so fresh and delicious and seasonal! It sounds delicious!

    • Bri says

      Izzy, thanks! Fresh and simple. Perfect for summer when it’s hard to motivate and turning on the oven is a bad idea!

  6. says

    Glad to find this at Play, Party, Pin /weekend-re-treat. We have a bumper crop of zucchini and yellow squash. We’re kind of tired of the saute which is good but almost everyday?? Have a good weekend! Linda

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