Cucumber Zucchini Salad

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

This raw cucumber zucchini salad with a lemon basil vinaigrette is a fun and healthy way to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer.

Cucumber zucchini salad.

Every summer is farmers market heaven in West Michigan. On the weekends, I sneak out early so that I can beat the crowds and stroll the stands. The farmers pretty much know me by name with how often I come and ogle over the beautiful fresh produce. If you’re also a frequent farmers market attendee, then you might be looking for a new recipe to use up some of those gorgeous veggies. My Zucchini Cucumber Salad is fresh and tangy, with a delicious homemade lemon basil vinaigrette. It might just be the perfect summer salad.

Ingredients

  • Zucchini: Super high in antioxidants, when eaten raw, zucchini is very mild in flavor and slightly sweet.
  • Cucumber: Cucumber is crunchy, juicy, and usually sweet in taste.
  • Arugula: Also called garden rocket, it’s a little bit tart and peppery, which complements the more sweet cucumber and zucchini.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Juicy and slightly sweet, they add a lovely pop of color to the salad as well.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh, acidic, and bright citrus flavor that adds to the salad dressing.
  • Olive oil: Paired with the lemon juice, olive oil helps set the base for the dressing of the salad.
  • Basil: Fragrant and almost minty in taste, with the lemon and Dijon it adds flavor to the dressing that balances out some of the sweeter ingredients.
  • Dijon: Gives the dressing just a little bit of a kick, and it pairs well with the basil and arugula.

How to Make Cucumber Zucchini Salad

Slicing cucumber for salad

Start your cucumber zucchini salad by washing your produce and then slicing your cucumber and zucchini into thin slices. I find there are two easy ways to do this, one is using a mandolin.

Peeling slices of zucchini

Or you can also use a vegetable peeler to get the same effect.

Zucchini and cucumber in a bowl

Once your zucchini and cucumber are all sliced, add them to a large bowl.

Adding arugula to salad

Then add the arugula on top.

Adding tomatoes to salad

And add the halved cherry tomatoes next.

Adding lemon juice to salad

Then to start your dressing, add the fresh lemon juice. You could also mix the vinaigrette in a separate bowl, but I like to make it right on top of the salad.

Drizzling olive oil over salad

After the lemon juice, drizzle in the olive oil.

Adding dijon to salad

Followed by a bit of Dijon.

Seasoning cucumber salad

Add the minced basil and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Tossing salad all together

Toss it all together until everything is evenly coated in the dressing.

Garnishing cucumber zucchini salad with lemon juice.

Serve and enjoy your Cucumber Zucchini Salad!

Shake It Up

  • Add more veggies. You can spice things up by adding some red onion, or give it more of a Mediterranean vibe by adding black olives.
  • Change the dressing. To give the vinaigrette more of a punch, you could add balsamic vinegar, or increase the citrus flavor with some lemon zest before juicing your lemon. You could also add more fresh herbs like dill or parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you keep cucumbers crispy?

Don’t cut them too far in advance before making the salad. Keep them clean and dry in a ventilated space before using them.

What kind of cucumber do you not have to peel?

While you can eat the peel of any cucumber, sometimes the peel is quite thick and a tad bitter. English cucumbers and Armenian cucumbers tend to have a thinner skin, making them more pleasant to eat raw and unpeeled.

Is it healthier to eat zucchini raw or cooked?

As with most fruits or vegetables, zucchini is healthier raw, as cooking it cooks out some of the vitamins.

Side view of cucumber zucchini salad

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The perfect summer side, this cool and crisp Cucumber Zucchini Salad will satisfy your family while helping you clear out that bottom drawer of your fridge.

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Cucumber zucchini salad

Cucumber Zucchini Salad

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This raw zucchini cucumber salad with a lemon basil vinaigrette is a fun and healthy way to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • In the bottom of a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon basil vinaigrette: lemon juice through pepper.
  • Trim both ends of the zucchini and use a vegetable peeler to create long, wide ribbons. I find that it’s easiest to place the zucchini flat on a cutting board and peel the vegetable horizontally.
  • Repeat the same process with a cucumber and place both the zucchini and cucumber ribbons in the bowl on top of the vinaigrette.
  • Add arugula and cherry tomatoes to the bowl and toss well until vegetables are evenly coated with the vinaigrette. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 7.1gProtein: 1.9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.1gSodium: 367mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 3.8g

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38 responses to “Cucumber Zucchini Salad”

  1. Danni Lane Eldred Avatar
    Danni Lane Eldred

    Can’t wait to try this–looks simple, seasonal, fresh, interesting. Nice photo of you in the article, as well. Thanks for producing great recipes–I look forward to your posts. Happy 4th of July!

  2. Felicia Martin Avatar
    Felicia Martin

    Can I use Artisan Romaine Lettuce instead?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Sure thing!

  3. Janet Avatar
    Janet

    The first line in the instructions: what exactly does “…whisk together the lemon basil vinaigrette, lemon juice through pepper” mean?
    I would like to try this recipe, but can’t quite figure this out…
    Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It means to whisk the ingredients listed in order starting with the lemon juice and ending with the pepper. Does that make sense?

  4. Emma | Kids Lunchbox Ideas Avatar
    Emma | Kids Lunchbox Ideas

    What a gorgeous, vibrant, bright looking salad. I love raw zucchini at the moment (probably thanks to my newish zoodler/vegetable spiralizer gadget!) I’ll be making this one on the weekend as I always have those ingredients on hand. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  5. Melissa @ Bless this Mess Avatar
    Melissa @ Bless this Mess

    This looks so perfect and I have everything I need for to make it for lunch! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks for including it in your round-up!!

  6. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    I’ve been buying up zucchini like it’s my JOB lately. Thankfully, it kind of is. :P This salad is so fresh flavored! Summer perfect.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hahaha It IS your job girl! haha

  7. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog Avatar
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    I love the farmers market and just so happen to live two blocks from one so I’m always going and getting things on the weekend, definitely need to make this salad because it looks SO fantastic, absolutely beautiful and summery!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think! We love ribbon salads in the summer!

  8. Kristen Avatar
    Kristen

    What a gorgeous salad! I love this time of year!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I do too my friend. It really makes healthy eating so much easier. xoxo

  9. claire @ the realistic nutritionist Avatar
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    This looks SO perfect

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you doll!!

      1. Jodi Avatar
        Jodi

        Great recipe! My husband really loved it! I will be making it again for sure!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so glad you enjoyed!!!

        2. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so happy to hear it!!

  10. ashley - Baker by Nature Avatar
    ashley – Baker by Nature

    So fresh and so clean! Love salads like this, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Fresh and clean is my middle name!

  11. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence Avatar
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    So simple and fresh. Summer on a plate!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really is… thanks Brandon!

  12. sue/the view from great island Avatar
    sue/the view from great island

    Salads can get so boring by mid-summer, but this one is really turning me on, thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t agree more – I hope you make this!

  13. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Those heirloom tomatoes are irresistible! Love this gorgeous salad!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Gaby!!

  14. Cassie Avatar
    Cassie

    Your Saturday AM farmer’s market IG posts make make me so jealous! Loving this salad, lady!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww I’m glad you like them!! It’s my favorite time of the week!!

  15. Marie Avatar
    Marie

    This looks fabulous. I have so many cucumbers and zucchini in my garden right now. This looks like a great way to use some of them. Pinning.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes exactly!!! Zucchini is growing like weeds right now!

  16. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes Avatar
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I missed the Farmer’s market this past weekend. I feel so bummed. I will have to go to the farm stand today on my way home from the gym. I love that you used cukes and zucchini for this salad.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you can get to a farm stand this weekend – it seriously makes me so happy!

  17. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Avatar
    Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    This looks so fresh and I love that you included arugula, too! Lovely.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes I happen to be growing arugula this summer so it was the perfect use for it!

      1. Hannah Avatar
        Hannah

        When you say ‘Dijon’, can a standard mustard be substituted? Also, in England our cucumbers are quite long. Should the amount of cucumber be the same as the amount of zucchini? Thank you

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          You could use regular mustard, but it’ll slightly alter the flavor. English cucumbers are longer, but usually thinner than American cucumbers, so doing an equal amount to the zucchini is probably the right move!

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