zucchini ribbon salad

Fresh & Easy Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Feta

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It’s the peak of Summer, and zucchinis are in abundance. If you’re sick of the same ol’ soggy zucchini side dish, try this one out. Fresh & Easy Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Feta will be ready in no time. No cooking required.

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Zucchini Ribbon salad with feta and sunflower seeds
Easy, stunning, and delicious. Zucchini Ribbon Salad is a must make!

Zucchini Ribbon Salad Ingredients

Just a handful of ingredients go in to this bright summery salad.


There are lots of reasons why you should eat more of this squash. According to Alina Petre’s article on Healthline.com here are a few:

  • Helps in immunity and vision with Vitamin A
  • Rich in Antioxidants which help fight free radicals
  • Aids in digestion because of the high water content


Tangy, salty, and creamy, feta cheese goes great with zucchini. Feta is a low fat, low calorie cheese.

Not a feta fan? Go for shaved Parmesan.

zucchini ribbon salad ingredients
Fresh herbs makes this summer salad shine.

Salads don’t have to be boring. If you like this salad recipe, you’ll love my post on 5 Healthy Salad Dressings.

Lemon Juice & Olive Oil

This zucchini ribbon salad stays bright with lemon juice. It adds a little bit more tang to the dish. The olive oil adds in a little healthy fat and cuts the acid in the lemon juice.

If you like lemon, you’ll love my Lemon Dill Potato Salad.


Now for the fun part! Herbs. Thyme and chives go great with the zucchini. Or, use your favorites.

Fresh is best! But if you are in a pinch with no fresh herbs at your finger tips, dried would be fine. Cut the measurements back. Dried herbs are way more concentrated in flavor than fresh. Half to a quarter teaspoon is all you will need.

If you like herby full of flavor recipes, you’ll love this Spinach Salad with Easy Pesto Dressing.

How to Make Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Feta

Making ribbon salad is as easy as peeling zucchini, tossing in the feta, and drizzling on the dressing. There is some down time, though. This squash is 90% water, and you don’t want a soggy salad.


Make zucchini ribbons with a vegetable peeler or mandolin. In a colander, with a bowl underneath to catch the water (if there is any), peel the zucchini. To do so, peel all sides of zucchini until you reach the seedy center.

Once you have hit the seeds, turn the zucchini a quarter of a turn. Start to peel again until you hit the seeds. Peel four sides of the zucchini, and discard the seedy center.

zucchini peeled until the seeds show
Peel ribbons of zucchini until you reach the seeds, turn a 1/4 of a turn and peel again.

To help release the water in the zucchini, sprinkle them with salt. Let sit for 30 minutes or so. This helps create a non-soggy salad.

zucchini ribbons in colander with salt to release the water.
Sprinkle zucchini with salt and let sit to draw out the moisture.

Once the zucchini ribbons have released their water, blot with a paper towel. Or, if you have the time, spread them out on a paper towel to really soak up the water that has been released.

The Dressing

While the zucchini are hanging out in the colander, make the dressing. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, and garlic powder together in a bowl with a whisk.

Put it All Together

Toss out the zucchini water, if any, and blot the water off. Put the zucchini on a serving platter or shallow serving bowl. A serving piece that’s flat is ideal for this salad, so the zucchini doesn’t get squished.

Sprinkle in feta, drizzle on dressing, add in sunflower seeds. and top with a few chopped herbs. It’s ready to go!

serving fork with zucchini ribbon salad on it
Use tongs or a serving fork for this zucchini ribbon salad.

If you like this summery salad, you’ll love my Quinoa Salad with Cantaloupe and Goat Cheese.

What to Serve with this Salad?

This is the perfect salad for a BBQ or last minute dinner get together. It’s also great with chick peas or chicken and enjoyed as an entree.

Try it with this delicious Glazed and Grilled Salmon. Or serve with Grilled Chicken Burgers in Pita. This is also a delight with Pretzel Encrusted Schnitzel.

It’s best to consume all of this salad the day it is made. The zucchini gets a bit soggy as it sits with dressing.

thyme branch

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Zucchini Ribbon salad with feta and sunflower seeds

Easy Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Feta

Sara Walkenbach
Shaved zucchini ribbons, feta, and sunflower seeds with a light lemon herb dressing makes a delicious side salad for Summer… or any time of the year!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Rest Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 69 kcal


  • Vegetable peeler or Mandolin


  • 2-4 Zucchinis 2 larger or 4 small
  • 1/2 tsp Salt for bringing out moisture in zucchini
  • 1/4 cup (or less) Feta crumbled
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower Seeds

Lemon Herb Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh Thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Chives chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper optional


  • In a colander, peel the zucchini into ribbons by using a vegetable peeler. Peel in one section from one end to the other until the seeds are exposed. Turn the zucchini a quarter of a turn. Start peeling that side until you hit the seeds. Repeat this 2 more times until you peel 4 sides of the zucchini. Discard the seedy core.
  • To extract the water from the zucchini, sprinkle with the salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  • While zucchini is resting, make the dressing. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, granulated garlic, and pepper (if using).
  • After the 30 minutes, either pat dry the zucchini, or lay them out on a paper towel to absorb the water.
  • Place zucchini ribbons on a serving platter or shallow dish. Don't pile up the ribbons in a bowl, you don't want to squish them. Sprinkle on the feta. Drizzle on desired amount of dressing. Top with sunflower seeds. Enjoy!



This salad is best made right before serving.
Don’t like feta? Sub shaved Parmesan or goat cheese.
Sub any herbs in this recipe. Dill would be tasty too.
No fresh herbs? Dried will work, just make sure to cut the measurements as dried herbs are far more concentrated than fresh, 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon dried.


Serving: 6gCalories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 307mgPotassium: 39mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 76IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 0.4mg
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