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Healthy Lemony Marinated Zucchini Salad

Zucchini is delicious raw, especially when it is marinated before being added to a salad.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword marinated zucchini salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 306kcal


  • 1 pound of zucchini thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios
  • 10-20 Kalamata olives
  • 2 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese

For the marinade:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced or pressed

For Toasting Pistachios:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced

For Vinaigrette:

  • ½ cup good extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Braggs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove minced fresh garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Marinate zucchini: Slice zucchini into thin strips using a mandoline and place zucchini in a shallow baking dish. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic to a small bowl and stir. Pour marinade over zucchini, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • When you are ready to assemble your salad, Toast Pistachios: Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it bubbles and begins to brown. Turn off the flame and add garlic and pistachios. Stir well to coat the pistachios until slightly toasted.
  • Assemble Salad: Drain zucchini and discard marinade. Roll each slice of zucchini and divide zucchini among 4 plates.
  • Top each plate of zucchini with slices of red onion, toasted pistachios, olives, bacon and goat cheese.
  • For vinaigrette:Whisk together in a small bowl: olive oil, vinegar, basil, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drizzle over salad as desired.


  • Allow 2 hours for marinating zucchini in the refrigerator before assembling your salad.
  • Some tips about olive oil! To be sure that you’re buying a high-quality olive oil, look for an extra virgin olive oil (EVOO); otherwise, it has been chemically refined. For the freshest olive oil, check the harvest date on the label and make sure it is within one year. The oil should come in a dark glass bottle and be stored in a cool, dark cabinet.
  • If you're concerned about nuts manufactured on shared equipment with gluten containing products, Nuts.com prominently labels which products of theirs are certified gluten-free


Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.5g