Super Fresh Zucchini & Arugula Salad
This simple salad made with shredded zucchini and peppery arugula is one of my absolute favorite dishes to enjoy in the summertime when I want something fresh and light!
I have made this salad over, and over, and over again this summer. You could say I’m a little obsessed.
And by ‘I’m a little obsessed,’ I’m talking about this salad and about zucchini in general. Zucchini has always been one of my favorite vegetables and there are endless ways to eat it. Zucchini Fritters, pesto zucchini rollups, and now this salad comes in to round out my top 3 favorite zucchini recipes.
It’s great as a side dish, but sometimes I even make a meal of it by adding some Grilled Chicken Breast
The preparation of this zucchini is raw, and if your reaction is to run away, I totally get it. I’m generally not a fan of raw vegetables and certainly can’t eat big hunks of raw zucchini, but grating it with a mandolin…oh, the texture and flavor are heavenly.
Once you’ve grated the zucchini with a mandolin, combine it with feta cheese crumbles, sliced scallions, and some fresh chopped parsley:
Add in some good olive oil (I LOVE this one):
Then add a good balsamic (I use a 15 year aged balsamic of Modena):
Toss it together with a pinch of salt and pepper:
Now add a big handful of fresh arugula:
And toss it all together:
Now it’s ready to serve. Enjoy!!
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Fresh Zucchini & Arugula Salad
- 1 large zucchini
- 1/2 cup feta crumbles
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 2 scallions sliced
- 2 tbsp good quality olive oil
- 1 tbsp good quality aged balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 2.5 oz arugula
- Grate the zucchini with a mandolin, and combine with the feta, parsley, scallions, olive oil, and balsamic in a large bowl. Season to taste with a pinch or so of salt and pepper.
- Add the arugula and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
27 Comments on “Super Fresh Zucchini & Arugula Salad”
This was wonderful. We used goat cheese because we didn’t have feta, and a lemon white balsamic vinegar and it was delicious. Will make again.
Yummy! We only had Lemon Cucumber White Balsamic Vinegar, so used that. Could use more lemon, zest maybe? Might be useful to let the zucchini sweat a bit next time as it was fairly liquidy. Made it with vegan feta and added a few extra dashes of salt and Young Living black pepper essential oil. Hubby said it would be good over a bed of quinoa, and I agree.
Would definitely make it again as it was light, easy, refreshing, and could be the perfect use for a ton of extra zucchini in the summer!
I loved this salad. I paired it with seared scallops and it was a super simple and delicious meal.
This salad sounds delicious and I would like to make it for a dinner party. Just wondering if you have any make ahead tips for this salad? It would be great if I could cut the zucchini the day before.
Hi Gabriela, unfortunately, I have not attempted to make this ahead of time, mostly because I’m skeptical it would work well. My guess is the zucchini would start to weep. If you try it, it’d be best to attempt it ahead of time just to make sure it doesn’t go awry. Best of luck.
I made this last night but used blue cheese rather than feta. It was amazeballs.
Hahahaha your comment made me laugh out loud. So glad you enjoyed the salad!
what is a mandolin ????? thank you…
Hi Frannie, it’s a cutting device. If you look it up on Amazon you will find tons of models.
My arugula grew a ton when I was out of town last week- this is the perfect recipe for it!! So great seeing you friend!
Summer will be over before you know it so make the most of the fresh vegetables. This is so light for a hot summer day. I will make this next week for dinner. Tonight I made the Rainbow Detox Salad by Mywholefoodlife. It was very colorful, fresh and delicious.
Yes, it’s sad! However, I do love all the squash in the fall =)
this is definitely the perfect summer salad.. looks so light and delicious. will be recreating this in my kitchen, however i probably will be adding mint and a squeeze of lemon!
Oh that would be a lovely addition!!
This salad was SO GOOD, thank you for making it for us while we visited you in NYC! I’m definitely going to be making it here in MN!
I saw your photo, it looked so pretty! Hope the family loved it!
I made your salad last night, and it was a HUGE hit with my family. So yummy!
So wonderful to hear Diana!!!
Arugula and zucchini are both so versatile, but together they’re just perfect! This is such a simple, straightforward recipe, it’s perfect for summer!
Thanks Mary, and yes, they are wonderful together!
I love how light and fresh this salad is!
Mmm, zucchini, I have that for dinner at least once a week, sliced and roasted in the oven.
That sounds great!
This looks like a perfect summer salad!
THNKS so much my family enjoy the salad not only that but share with friends.
So happy to hear that!