This raw zucchini salad with tomatoes and feta cheese is the perfect way to get fresh, seasonal ingredients onto your plate. I love finishing this salad with fresh basil and lemon zest, to create flavors that explode in your mouth.
If you have a garden and you live in the garden state (aka New Jersey) there’s a good chance you have an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini getting ready to flood your kitchen.
Working with fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of the best ways to create dishes that are both insanely delicious and super nutritious.
And remember, what grows together, goes together. So any ingredients that grow in the same season, will absolutely taste great together. That’s just the way mother nature designed it.
Is It Safe To Eat Raw Zucchini?
If you love raw zucchini, I have great news for you! It’s 100% safe to eat zucchini raw. Not only is it safe, it’s also really good for you.
Raw zucchini makes a great snack. Sometimes, I’ll slice my zucchini into rounds and then serve them alongside hummus or guacamole in place of crackers or chips.
Because zucchinis hold a lot of water, they make a super refreshing snack and also taste great in raw salads, just like this one.
A Few Tips for Working with Raw Zucchini
- Trim off the ends. The ends can be tough and bitter, so be sure to cut them off.
- Buy in season. You want your zucchini to be young, fresh and tender and the best way to ensure this is to buy in season.
- Cut it thin. Cut the squash as thin as you possibly can. You can easily do this with a good sharp knife. Keeping them thin will ensure that the zucchini soaks up all the flavors.
- Keep them at room temperature. You will get the most flavor from your zucchini when they are at room temperature (this is true of most summer produce). When you eat fresh, delicate flavors cold from the fridge you lose a lot of their flavor.
How To Make Zucchini and Tomato Salad
Making this zucchini and tomato salad is about as easy as it gets. Just be sure to use a nice sharp knife to cut your veggies. This will make your life a whole lot easier!
- Start by slicing the zucchini super thin. If you have a manoline, you can use it. But I prefer a sharp knife.
- Cut tomatoes in half. You can also do quarters if they are a bit larger.
- Add sliced zucchini and tomatoes into a large bowl.
- Season with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix together.
- Finish with lemon zest, fresh basil and an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Serve and enjoy!
More Simple Clean & Delicious Salad Ideas
- Arugula + Beet Salad
- Artichoke, Asparagus + Green Bean Salad
- Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas
- Black Bean, Corn + Avocado Salad
Zucchini Salad with Feta and Tomatoes
- 2 medium zucchini thinly sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- zest of one lemon
- juice from one lemon 3 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil extra for drizzling
- 2 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 10 basil leaves rolled and sliced
- Use a sharp knife to slice the zucchini super thin. If you have a manoline, you can use that.
- Add sliced zucchini to a large bowl and toss in sliced tomatoes, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix together.
- Finish with lemon zest, fresh basil and an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve and enjoy!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
That looks so delicious Dani! I love summer for its salads, and raw is the best way to enjoy delicious summer produce 🙂
I love Summer for its salads too! They just seem to beg to make it onto the daily menu!
Maria Makes Muffins says
This salad looks lovel. I never would have thought to use raw summer squash. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
I know! I just learned about it myself… hope you enjoy!
Jaimie Edmunds says
I would never have thought to use raw summer squash either. My children have just started to like squash so I’ll have to add this to the rotation. Thanks!
Hope the little ones enjoy! My 2 year old took one bite wasn’t on board for more than that:)
Another way you might want to prepare the Summer Squash is to use your vegetable peeler, running in down the length of the veg to make thin, long ribbons.
Great tip! Thanks Lindy!
This looks so so delicious. I love that it’s raw, I love that it has feta! Simple and so good for you!
I’m a feta freak… feta makes it betta;)
Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane says
Lovely recipe! My garden is bursting with zucchini and heirloom tomatoes right now and eating them raw is one of my absolute favorite preparations. A little roughly chopped mint would also be great here, I’ll bet.
Karen D. says
I love to make raw zucchini in julienne strips – I use a mandoline with a julienne cutter to make spaghetti like strips. I mix tomatoes, finely minced walnuts, olive oil, basil, salt, pepper and a little garlic together and let sit for 20 minutes. The juice from the tomatoes will mix with the olive oil to make a lovely dressing. Pour over the zucchini spaghetti – yum. Sometimes I add grill chicken on top or cannolini beans.
Ummmm…. that sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing… I’ll definitely give this a try!
Nicole GW says
Made this tonight. Delicious!!!! However, I got lazy and through some Brianna’s French vinaigrette over it with a little fresh pepper. Thanks again, Dani
Hey, whatever works! Good to know there’s a short cut method too;)
I just had the leftovers in a whole wheat mini-pita. The perfect afternoon snack! Thanks, Dani 🙂
I was looking for recipes with raw zucchini and this was so delicious, Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!
Thanks for trying and sharing Rebeca!!
Dani, I somehow missed the launch of your new site! It looks wonderful! As does this recipe 🙂
I made this for a neighborhood get together to help use up my surplus squash supply. I even doubled the recipe and the bowl came home empty! I used lemon thyme from my garden instead of basil, added corn because I had some handy (steamed and cut off the cob), and the zest of one lemon finely chopped. Thank you for a delicious, healthy, beautiful recipe!
Hi I love your videos on YouTube. I have been trying them on order to get my children to eat more vegetables and most of the recipes work :). I was wondering can I dried Basil instead of fresh and how much Thanks.
you can but its definitely not the same, especially in such a fresh salad like this one! Feel free to skip it all together…. salad would still be delish.