This Zucchini Salad with Lemon & Feta is one of our favorite summer side dishes. With fresh lemon, crisp zucchini, and ripe tomatoes it is summertime in a bite. Just 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to a delicious warm-weather side dish. This easy recipe is low carb, keto, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
I've made it countless times over the last few years since purchasing a spiralizer. My kids love stretching the pieces of zucchini to see how long they are. It looks a little silly when you try to serve it and encounter a five-foot-long zoodle. As far as summer salads go this one never gets old. I could eat it for lunch any and every day in hot weather.
When my friend Keri of My Table of Three posted her Easy Greek Zoodle Salad a couple of months ago it reminded me that I had taken photos of this salad last July and never shared it with you. I have a bad habit of misplacing both memory cards for my camera and the little scraps of paper I jot recipes down on. I found a missing memory card this afternoon and guess what it had on it? The photos for this recipe. Hooray!
It was great timing because my kids are home on summer vacation and the fact that I'm really starting to feel third-trimester pregnant, I decided it was time. I try to get 2 or 3 recipes out a week so this does help meet my recipe quota.
Ingredients for Zucchini Salad
You only need 5 simple ingredients plus a little salt to make this great raw zucchini salad. It really is a perfect summer side dish.
Zucchini - Two large zucchini. By large I mean grocery store large. Not I found a monster zucchini in the garden large.
Tomatoes - I like to use halved cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes but a large chopped tomato works too!
Lemon Juice - I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice but bottled can be used in a pinch.
Olive Oil - Extra virgin olive oil is what you want. Avocado oil is a good sub.
Feta Cheese - Buy the crumbled or buy a chunk and crumble your own.
Fresh Oregano - Or another fresh herb of your choice, optional
I keep the fresh oregano optional but I do recommend it. You can sub in fresh basil if you prefer!
How to Make Zucchini Salad
To make my zucchini noodle salad all you have to do is spiralize some zucchini and toss it in a homemade vinaigrette with tomatoes and feta. It is such an easy recipe!
Dressing for Zucchini Salad
The dressing for this zucchini salad is just olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and salt. I like to emulsify the dressing so it is smooth and creamy. Blending these ingredients together only takes a minute and really increases the flavor and texture.
If you prefer you can add all of the dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shake vigorously for a couple of minutes.
Protein - If you want to add protein to the zucchini salad recipe I recommend a lighter protein like grilled chicken or shrimp. If you want something heartier like steaks you can serve those on the side.
Spices - I love letting the flavor of the lemon and feta stand out but you can add some garlic powder, onion powder, or black pepper if you'd like.
Fresh Herbs - Other good choices besides oregano are fresh basil, parsley, chives, dill, fresh thyme, finely chopped fresh rosemary, or even a bit of fresh mint.
Other Vegetables - Try adding thinly sliced red onion, fresh corn, or even very thin slices of celery or shaved fennel. Greens like arugula or chopped spinach mix in well.
Nuts - Pine nuts add a delicious crunch to zucchini salad. Toasted chopped walnuts are a good addition as well.
Pesto - Love pesto? Add in a bit of nut-free pesto or almond pesto.
Cheese - Goat cheese crumbles are a delicious choice in place of the feta. Another option is small balls of fresh mozzarella or freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Do I need a spiralizer?
Many grocery stores sell zucchini noodles in their produce sections but it is much cheaper to make your own.
This is the spiralizer I have and I do highly recommend it. It was one of the first spiralizers to be readily available. But really, any spiralizer will work. Even one of the little hand spiralizers. I have one of those also for when I only need to spiralize a small zucchini and don't feel like bringing out the big one.
I use it mostly for zucchini but have also done sweet potatoes and apples. Roasted spiralized sweet potatoes are amazing. And my kids think apple spaghetti is really cool.
If you are new to making zucchini noodles my friend Maya over at Wholesome Yum has a great tutorial you should check out: How to Make Zucchini Noodles
Can I just use a vegetable peeler?
Yes, if you prefer you can just cut the zucchini into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler or mandolin. Zucchini ribbons are larger that the pieces I use so you may want to let them marinate a bit to soften in the dressing before adding the feta and serving.
Can I use yellow summer squash?
Yes, yellow squash and zucchini are pretty much interchangeable. Feel free to use yellow summer squash in this recipe.
- 2 large zucchini spiralized
- ¼ cup grape tomatoes halved
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh oregano chopped, optional
- 1.5 oz olive oil
- 1.5 oz lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Put the zucchini, tomatoes, feta, and oregano in a medium bowl.
- Stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
- Pour the dressing over the zucchini salad and serve.
Originally Published on June 12, 2017. Revised and Republished on May 12, 2020.
Looking for other keto side dishes for the warm weather? Try these:
Southwest Cauliflower Potato Salad Recipe
Healthy Broccoli Salad with Bacon
This was a light, refreshing and delicious lunch for me, today! That zippy lemon vinaigrette adds so much flavor to the zoodles and was a great counterbalance to the rich feta.
Yum, I love zucchini!
Kimberly bureau says
This salad is my new Fav! It is delish! My second night in a row having it! Thank you for posting.
Nellie Tracy says
Great recipe for summer! Love pairing it with barbecue meals! Yum!
I made this for my husband and he absolutely loved it! I will be making this again!
Why did I never think of this before?! I love zucchini noodles and tossing them in a lemon vinaigrette and adding tomatoes and cheese was pure inspiration! I will be making this often during the hot summer and it's perfect for bringing to family and neighborhood barbecues too.
We love this meal so much. I'm going to make it again for dinner tonight!
Loved this recipe. I used fresh basil instead because I didn't have oregano but it was fantastic! Thanks!
I loved the recipe!
I didn't add tomatoes and cut it into cubes instead of spiralizing. I ate it with pita, marinated chicken, and taziki and it was a great easy meal!
Ryan Luedecke says
This is delicious, Taryn! And perfect timing because my wife has instructed me to prepare more salads b/c she's swung too much into unhealthy carb heavy foods lately. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Hope you enjoy it 🙂
Sandy Munn says
If you cut slits lengthwise along the zucchini, then it will have smaller strands of zoodles. Don't cut too deep!