This healthy Zucchini Salad is full of fresh Greek flavors and ingredients, and is a great side for chicken, lamb, steaks, and more!

Zucchini might possibly be the most versatile vegetable around. It’s one of my favorites, and you can do a thousand different things with it.

Zucchini Salad - With Raw Zucchini Chunks, Chickpeas, and Olives in Bowl

In this refreshing Greek Zucchini Salad, the zucchini is enjoyed raw. I know there are people who eat raw vegetables particularly for nutrition reasons, but honestly I love the texture and flavor of raw zucchini. It’s not harsh at all, and it actually absorbs the flavors of the salad in a wonderful way.

If you’ve never had zucchini like this before, try it! I think you might love it.

This raw zucchini salad isparticularly wonderful for picnics, potlucks, and parties in the summertime. Enjoy it on its own, or make a meal of it by adding a protein like Grilled Chicken Breast.

How to Make Zucchini Salad:

In a large bowl, combine diced fresh zucchini, feta cheese, red onion or shallot, parsley, kalamata olives, chickpeas, fresh lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper all together:

Adding Fresh Lemon Juice to Raw Zucchini Chunks in Mixing Bowl with Olives and Chickpeas

If you need some guidance for how to cut the zucchini, here’s a post I did for How to Dice Zucchini.

Give the salad ingredients a good toss to distribute everything evenly:

Raw Zucchini Salad with Kalamata Olives, Feta, Chickpeas in Glass Bowl

Let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour, to allow the zucchini to absorb the other flavors, and soften ever so slightly.

I love this salad for entertaining, as it’s pretty sturdy, travels well, and tastes AWESOME as a side to chicken or fish.

Raw Zucchini Salad in Bowl with Spoon

This Zucchini & Arugula Salad is another way to enjoy zucchini raw, in shredded form, but if you’re more keen on cooked recipes, I recommend Zucchini Fritters Zucchini Noodle White Lasagna, and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats, just to name a few of my favorites.

For 60+ more zucchini recipes, scan through my Ultimate Guide to Zucchini post, which also covers how to pick good zucchini, how to store, and more. Enjoy!

Zucchini Salad With Raw Zucchini Chunks, Chickpeas, and Olives in Bowl

Greek Zucchini Salad

This refreshing and healthy Greek Zucchini Salad is a great side for Chicken, Lamb, Pan Seared Steaks, and more!

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  • 4-5 cups diced zucchini from 1.5 lbs whole zucchini
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 15 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot or red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste


  • Mix together all ingredients.
  • Adjust seasoning as desired. Enjoy!


 For tips on how to pick good zucchini, how to store, etc, see my Ultimate Guide to Zucchini post.


Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 375mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Post updated with new photos and writing in June 2018. Originally published March 2015.