Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Salad

Zucchini, basil & parmesan salad recipe | Karoliina Kazi

This zucchini, basil & parmesan salad is refreshing and moreish and goes really well as a side for many meat and fish dishes; its tangy, green and crunchy. I’ve made it for gatherings a couple of times and someone always asks for the recipe. The recipe is by London-based Venetian eatery, Polpo, and it’s so easy to toss together.

Zucchini, basil & parmesan salad recipe | Karoliina Kazi

Serves 4-6 people


Juice of one lemon

6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp parmesan, heaped, finely grated

flaky sea salt and black pepper

4 zucchinis, finely sliced

1 handful of rocket

1 small handful of fresh basil leaves



Start by making the dressing:  mix the lemon juice with the olive oil, the finely grated parmesan and a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Finely slice the zucchini on an angle (or use a mandoline) and put into a bowl. The trick here is to slice the zucchini as thinly as possible.

Add the fresh basil and rocket. Top with enough of dressing to coat, but not too overdressed. You’ll want that bite and crunch.

Toss together, taste, adjust the seasoning and serve immediately.

Zucchini, basil & parmesan salad recipe | Karoliina Kazi

Zucchini, basil & parmesan salad recipe | Karoliina Kazi


  1. 24th April 2017 / 1:16 pm

    I need to eat more salads, this recipe looks really healthy and refreshing.

    • 4th May 2017 / 10:59 pm

      It’s delicious and very refreshing 🙂 Great one to start with!

  2. 24th April 2017 / 2:18 pm

    You know, the food looks wonderful. I think this will taste even better! The thing is, I get obsessed with those flowers too! Love them 🙂

  3. 24th April 2017 / 8:52 pm

    AH YUM, I need to try this 😀 looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  4. 24th April 2017 / 10:30 pm

    I love zucchini and this salad might be the best thing happening to me right now. Thank you for the recipe *runs into the kitchen to fix herself a serving*

  5. Maikel
    25th April 2017 / 7:38 am

    This looks so delish! I cant get enough of zuchinni

    • 4th May 2017 / 11:03 pm

      Thank you Maikel! It works amazingly in this salad.

  6. helenevlacho
    25th April 2017 / 8:49 am

    Looks so delicious! I love a fresh salad as a side for my meal! If i add some chicken would be a great full plate!

    • 4th May 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thanks Helene! Last time we had it with roasted chicken and it was wonderful – Ive had it with fish as well.

  7. 9th May 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Looks and sounds yummy! I have never done a salad based on zucchinis but I could sure try this. I love parmesan so I cannot go wrong with this, right? 🙂

  8. 25th May 2017 / 6:12 pm

    this salad seems really fresh and light, the perfect accompaniment for any meals and much different to what i usually have which is potatoes 🙂

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