Zucchini, Carrot and Mint Fresh Summer Salad

Midsummer Pickled Zucchini Salad with Carrot and Fresh Mint

Zucchini, Carrot and Mint Fresh Summer Salad

It’s midsummer, the zucchini plants are going off and you’re wondering what on earth you’re going to do with all of the zucchini. At the same time, the mint, which you wisely contained in a pot, is rampant. So put them together in this fresh Pickled Zucchini Salad with Carrot and Mint. It’s packed with character and colour, and is a gorgeous side dish to serve with grilled meat or fish.

Midsummer Pickled Zucchini Salad with Carrot and Mint

I make this Zucchini Salad every year, precisely at that moment when we have so many zucchini that we don’t know what to do with them. Because it’s so seasonal, it’s always a surprise. It’s so good. We don’t usually think of serving zucchini raw, but in this recipe it’s fantastic. You want a big bunch of mint, freshly picked if possible. And make sure you don’t overcook the carrots – you want them to be slightly softened, but to retain a little crunch. The touch of honey compliments their sweetness. Douse the lot with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a grinding of sea salt. Then let it sit, even overnight. Give the vegetables time to marinate. It works. The result is a sweet-and-sour pickled summer salad that is bright and enticing. Double or triple the quantity if you’re sharing with friends – it’ll disappear in a hurry.

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On the Side

Fried Liver with Spice – Marvelous for it’s nutritional density, fabulous with the spices.

3 Seed Paleo Bread, Gluten and Grain Free – For when you need a slice of something, without inflammatory consequences.

Orange and Chocolate Cake – Orange and chocolate, such a great combination!

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Midsummer Pickled Zucchini Salad with Carrot and Fresh Mint

A gorgeous salad, filled with character and colour, perfect for midsummer when the zucchini's and the mint are in full swing.
Prep Time20 minutes
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: AIP, Fodmap Friendly, Keto, Mediterranean, Paleo
Keyword: Carrot, Mint, Zucchini
Servings: 2


  • 2 carrots medium, approx 250 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus extra for grinding
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar divided
  • 1 zucchini large, about 250 grams
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Peel the carrots and slice into coins. Place in a pan with ¼ cup water and the sea salt. Steam-sautè over a medium heat until all the water has evaporated, 4 - 5 minutes. While the carrots are still warm, drizzle over the honey and add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Stir so that all the pieces are coated, and then allow to cool.
  • Grate the zucchini and place in a bowl. Separate the mint leaves from the stems and place the smallest leaves aside. Roughly mince the remaining leaves, add to the zucchini and toss well to combine.
  • Pour the oil and the remaining apple cider vinegar over the zucchini and mint. Add a generous grinding of sea salt, the cooled carrots, and the small mint leaves. Mix well.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour until ready for serving. Great when left overnight.

Angelina Brazzale

Angelina Brazzale is the founding creative director of Empress and Sister. Like her chart ruler, Mercury, she travels between worlds. She has degrees in English Literature and in Fine Arts, Ceramics. She's a Primary Health Coach, having reversed autoimmune disease through the protocols of ancestral health. She spent over 10 years teaching yoga and meditation. She reads Tarot, writes and makes art, and is sensitive to the energy in crystals and trees. Visit her Page in the Empress and Sister Collective for information, products and services.

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