Summer Squash Carpaccio (V + GF)

My husband has always sworn he doesn’t like zucchini unless it’s fried zucchini chips. Until I fed it to him RAW with a little olive oil and lemon juice… He too was surprised. Sometimes simple is just best!

I first had a zucchini carpaccio at this lovely restaurant called Fig and Olive in NYC with shaved Parmesan and fell in love with it. I could clean a plate by myself. Naturally, I had to re-create this at home on my own which took very little effort. Use this as a standalone appetizer for those random guests that just showed up un-announced, for a side or bottom to any summer dish or for a snack! The lemon juice ends up tenderizing it and my tip is to use the best tasting olive oil you have… It’s lazy and classy just how I like it!!

Summer Squash Carpaccio/vegan//gluten-free//raw


  • 1 summer squash (zucchini or other, I used half yellow and half green)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 tbsp fruity olive oil
  • pine nuts for garnish
  • salt, pepper


  1. Using a mandolin or slicer, slice the zucchini/squash very thin and arrange on a plate or platter (the flatter the better).
  2. Add olive oil and lemon juice over top and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Top with pine nuts, salt and pepper and serve! (Keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days)


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  • Meg @ Noming thru LifeAugust 20, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    I’m trying to eat more and more raw veggies. So imagine how excited I am that you made this gorgeous raw summer squash dish. My excitement can be explained as such… EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! 🙂 I mean seriously Alison, how beautiful is this dish… sooo beautiful.


    • Alison MarrasAugust 22, 2015 - 11:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Meg!! Same here – raw and simple is best… especially in the summer.


  • Audrey @ Unconventional BakerAugust 21, 2015 - 5:28 am

    Lazy and classy is how I roll too 😉 This sounds delicious. Doing this with my incoming garden zucchini! Love that your husband learned to love something he didn’t think he did. My husband can be so picky too and if it’s not something on his "likes" list it can take me years to convince him to try it. And you’re right — usually it is just something simple that does the trick.


    • Alison MarrasAugust 22, 2015 - 11:30 pm

      I am sure your garden zucchini is to die for! So fresh… this would be a perfect way to enjoy it. 🙂


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