Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Fresh Peas and Green Beans

By: Georgeanne Brennan

  • Yield:

    6-8 Servings

  • Course: Salad



For the vegetables
  • 8 cups water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound thin, tender green beans, trimmed
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 pounds fresh peas, shelled
For the marinade
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To finish
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup julienned basil leaves or whole baby basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved into curls



  1. Bring 8 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Boil the green beans just until tender, about 4 minutes. Rinse under cold running water until cool, then drain and set aside.
  3. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zucchini. Still using the vegetable peeler, cut the meat of the zucchini into long, thin, fettuccini-like ribbons. Set aside.
  4. Put the salt and the garlic in a bowl and, using the back of a fork or a pestle, crush them into a paste. Still using the fork, incorporate the olive oil, and then the lemon juice and the pepper. Put this mixture in a large bowl and add the peas, beans, the uncooked zucchini ribbons, and the basil. Turn well to coat, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Marinating the vegetables will dilute the marinade, so before serving the seasonings must be adjusted. To prepare for serving, first taste the vegetables, then add some additional lemon juice, salt, pepper, the peas, and basil until the vegetables are well-seasoned to your taste. They should not be bland. Add about half the Parmesan curls.
  6. To serve, put in a serving bowl or on a platter, top with the basil and remaining Parmesan cheese curls.