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zucchini and tomato in bowl summer zucchini salad

Zucchini Summer Salad Supreme

  • Author: Bull Garlington
  • Total Time: 45


A deceptively simple summer salad of Zucchini, lemon, and herbs, adapted from the 1994 book, Roger Vergé’s Vegetables. You will have to supreme a lemon and chiffonade some basil, but it’s easier than it sounds and the result is a savory Zucchini salad that’s absolutely delicious. Make sure your paring knife is sharp!


  • 2 Meyer lemons, one supremed, one juiced
  • 2 medium Zucchini
  • 1 medium, ripe plum tomato
  • Zest from half of one of the lemons
  • Six to eight leaves of freshly picked basil, including some tiny, tiny leaves, cut in a chiffonade
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt (or your favorite expensive sea salt)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Peel the Zucchini in strips so you leave colorful green stripes of peel about a quarter-inch wide.
  2. Dice the Zucchini. (Vergé says 1/8 inch dice, but if that’s a bit small for you, just make them as small as you can. A quarter inch is OK.) Add to a bowl.
  3. Add the juice from one lemon to the bowl with zucchini
  4. Supreme the other lemon over the bowl to reserve juice, add segments to bowl
  5. Squeeze the seeds and juice from a fresh plum tomato; dice the same as the zucchini
  6. Place into the bowl with the lemon juice, add a generous pinch of salt, cover with saran wrap, and refrigerator for at least half an hour, letting it macerate.
  7. Remove, make basil chiffonade, using about six or seven freshly picked basil. (Vergé uses mint, but I think basil goes really well with the peppery Meyer lemon—you do you), reserving the tiniest leaves for garnish.
  8. Taste for seasoning, garnish with the zest and basil leaves, gently turning them into the salad.
  9. Serve.


Alternative: replace the Zucchini with steamed baby beets, and the basil with fresh dill.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Category: salad
  • Cuisine: French

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