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Zucchini Carpaccio

Zucchini Carpaccio is a delicious raw zucchini salad with lemon, herbs, and goat cheese and this is a delicious low-carb salad to make with small fresh zucchini! 

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Zucchini Carpaccio finished salad on plate

I’ve been seeing small perfect zucchini at the farmer’s market for the last two weeks now, so it seems like a perfect time to make Zucchini Carpaccio! This raw zucchini salad with lemon and herbs is a dish I’ve been intrigued by since I first heard about the idea of thinly slicing zucchini and then marinating it in a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. 

It was the Zucchini Salad from Sidewalk Shoes that pushed this dish to the top of my must-try list. Pam used a recipe from Tyler Florence, but I ended up making my own version, heavy on lemon and herbs, and with the addition of a little goat cheese, since I’m always in favor of goat cheese in a salad!

This is a recipe you should adjust to your own taste, and I love lemon, which is why I used lots of lemon juice and zest in the dressing. This time I used dill and chives for the herbs, but I think fresh basil, mint, or parsley would also taste great here. If you’re adapting the recipe, be generous with the amount of dressing to be sure the zucchini all gets marinated, and also add a generous amount of herbs. And if you’ve never made a salad with raw zucchini, this might be a life-changing experience for you like it was for me!

Zucchini Carpaccio process shots collage

How to Make Zucchini Carpaccio:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I used the 1.5 mm blade in my Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) to slice the zucchini, making slices that were between 1/8 – 1/16 inch thick. Many recipes call for slices that are “paper-thin” but I opted for just a tiny bit thicker, so the finished salad had a hint of crunch to the zucchini. You can slice by hand if you don’t have a mandoline.
  2. Layer the zucchini in a serving dish, adding ground sea salt and ground black pepper to each layer. (I used a sea salt grinder for the salt.)
  3. Remove all the zest from one lemon, and put in a small dish. Then squeeze all the lemon juice into the dish, catching and discarding any seeds. (This is a generous amount of lemon zest, so if you don’t love lemon as much as I do, you might prefer less.)
  4. Then whisk 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil into the lemon zest and juice.
  5. Pour the dressing over the zucchini slices and let it marinate about 30 minutes, or at least while you chop the herbs and make the rest of your dinner.
  6. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle with 4 T of chopped herbs and then crumble over goat cheese. (You could also use Feta, Ricotta, or Parmesan if you’re not a goat cheese fan.)

Make it a Meal:

This would be great with something like Grilled Halibut with Garlic Cilantro Sauce or Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Capers, and Oregano for a low-carb meal.

More Zucchini Recipes You Might Enjoy:

Amazing Low-Carb Recipes with Zucchini Noodles ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
50 Amazing Zucchini Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen<

Zucchini Carpaccio finished salad on plate

Zucchini Carpaccio

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Use small fresh-from-the-garden zucchini to make this Raw Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Herbs, and Goat Cheese.


  • 3 small zucchini, washed and thinly sliced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (see notes)


  1. Wash zucchini and dry with paper towel or dishcloth, then thinly slice into rounds, using a Mandoline Slicer (affiliate link) or sharp chef’s knife. (I used the 1.5 mm size for my mandoline.)
  2. Arrange the zucchini slices on a serving platter (either in a single layer or in several layers) and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. (If you make several layers of zucchini, be sure to season each layer.)
  3. Wash the lemon and dry with paper towels or dish towel, then cut off ends of the lemon and discard. Zest the entire lemon and put lemon zest in a small dish.
  4. Squeeze all the lemon juice into the dish with the zest, discarding seeds. (If you don’t get at least 2 T lemon juice I’d use two lemons.)
  5. Whisk 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil into the lemon zest/juice mixture, then pour the dressing over the zucchini slices.
  6. Let zucchini marinate for 30 minutes or at least while you prep other ingredients or make the rest of dinner.
  7. Wash herbs and spin dry or dry with paper towel, then chop herbs.
  8. When you’re ready to serve the salad, sprinkle with chopped herbs and goat cheese and serve immediately. (Don’t take the goat cheese out of the fridge until right before you’re ready to serve it or it won’t crumble.)


You will use all the lemon zest and juice, and I would choose a large lemon for this recipe. I used chives and dill for this salad, but other herbs such as basil, mint, or parsley can be used. I would use a full 1/4 cup of chopped herbs, no matter which ones you choose. If you're not a fan of goat cheese you could also use Feta, Ricotta, or Parmesan cheese for a slightly different version of the salad.

This recipe was adapted from many zucchini carpaccio recipes I found online.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 215mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything about this salad is perfect for all phases of the South Beach Diet, or any other low-glycemic or low-carb eating plan. Goat cheese is relatively high in fat, but there is only a small amount, and olive oil is a “good fat” for South Beach (plus, more than half the olive oil will be left on the plate, so you’re not eating that much oil.) For other low-carb diets, the extra fat is just a plus.

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    40 Comments on “Zucchini Carpaccio”

  1. I've been using my mandoline a lot this summer. When I bought it (the OXO, which cost $69), it seemed an extravagance, but for dishes like this, and for slicing fennel for raw salads, it's indispensable.

  2. Thanks for the mention!

    I'm going to have to give your version a try!

  3. love the sound of marinating zucchini and pairing it with cheese and herbs – must try this when summer comes

  4. I have been enjoying raw zucchini salads lately and this one looks nice and fresh and good! I like all of the green in it.

  5. This looks great! I also have a favorite raw squash salad – zucchini and summer squash ribbons with pecorino and walnuts, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. With zucchini, lemon, and good cheese you can't go wrong!

  6. Kalyn
    Thanks one more time for reading my mind. Went shopping yesterday and brought home lots of yellow and green squash (zuchini) and now instead of the same old grilled we will have this recipe tonight. I always have goat cheese in the house. I eat it for breakfast with a can of sardines to keep my weight under control. Easy since I love both. Thanks for the tip of the day with this salad.

  7. This is a fantastic recipe for raw zukes, and your photos are lovely. This is an excellent excuse for me to get out the mandoline again.

  8. Nice to know I'm not the only one who just needs to hear "goat cheese" and I'm happy!

    Jen, I got that mandoline as a gift from a student, isn't that cool. The brand is Zyliss, and I'm very happy with it. I think they're pretty readily available. Not sure where to get the best price on it, but I do know you can buy the Zyliss mandoline at Amazon.com. (Full disclosure: Kalyn's Kitchen earns a few cents on the dollar if you buy things through that link.)

  9. I loved this on Pam's blog and I love it here as well. A little goat cheese makes everything more delicious!

  10. The salad looks great and I have a new idea for the 'extra' zucchini growing off my girls' farmer's market growing contests entries. (We keep picking off the small fruits to keep the main big one growing) But… what most interested me today was your mandolin and I wonder if you could tell me where you got it, how you like it. Mine is from Pampered Chef and I find it finicky because it has a safety that requires all food to be cut small enough to fit on the holder. By the time I chop pieces I can usually just finish the job.

  11. This sounds AND looks amazing! Perfect for a hot summer night. And perfect for my mom who recently started South Beach…. Definitely bookmarked. YUM!


  12. It looks so fresh and delicious … you had me at goat cheese – yum!

  13. So glad people are liking the sound of this. I told someone earlier today, this may be the best thing I've cooked all summer! Definitely a keeper.

  14. This looks sooooo good! I can't wait to try it!

  15. i am really loving this recipe kalyn. i often add raw zucchini slices in my salad so i can imagine this really nicely. also love the addition of goat cheese!

  16. I just picked another zucchini from the garden and was wondering what new dish I could make with it. This recipe sounds like a winner! Thanks!

  17. Kalyn, this looks so fresh & delicious! Yum!

  18. This is out of control good! Tagging immediately!

  19. Beautiful pictures!! I'm so glad you made this – it's one of my favourite ways to eat sweet young zucchini 🙂 Next time, you should experiment with a vegetable peeler to slice the zucchni lengthways – harder work but makes for such pretty ribbons!

  20. How could you make zucchini look so good??!! With the garden in full swing, we'll be trying this one for sure. Thanks again for the blog. Your recipes are inspiring!