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Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn & Avocado

Summertime and the livin’s easy! Ok, not every day is easy. I wish I could sit by the pool and sip lemonade all summer long, but there is that little thing called work. And oh yeah, I have a 9 month old who won’t sit still. So I may not be relaxing by the pool this summer, but I am finding time to enjoy the little joys of summer.

One of those joys for me is simple summer cooking. Fresh summer produce is at it’s peak and I can’t get enough. I love creating meals with the produce we find at our local farmers market. My new favorite salad is this Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn and Avocado.

Zucchini tends to take over the world during the summer months. I don’t mind because I love it. You can always drop zucchini off at our doorstep. I will accept it with a smile:)

I am always coming up with new ways to use  zucchini. I’ve made zucchini brownies, friescupcakes, salads, bread, and of course cookies. This Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn and Avocado is my latest zucchini creation and it is a winner! I hope we never run out of zucchini because I want to make and eat this salad all summer long.

This salad may look fancy, but I promise it is easy to make. You don’t need a fancy kitchen gadget to create the slender zucchini ribbons. All you need is a vegetable peeler. I know you all have one! Cutting the zucchini and yellow squash into thin lengthwise ribbons creates an elegant presentation. This salad is so pretty to serve. Your family and friends will be impressed when you put this salad on the table for dinner.

To the squash ribbons, I added sweet corn, red onion, cilantro, avocado slices, and a light lime dressing. I topped the salad off with queso fresco, a fresh Mexican cheese. I love everything about this salad-the flavors, textures, taste, and appearance.

If you are looking for a new way to use your summer zucchini, you have to try this Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn and Avocado. It is summer perfection! Don’t worry if you can’t lounge by the pool every day. There are many things to appreciate during the summer months and this salad is one of them. This salad certainly brightens my summer days!

Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn & Avocado

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ribbons of zucchini and yellow squash with sweet corn, avocado, cilantro, queso fresco, and a light lime dressing. This elegant salad is simple to make and a great way to use up the summer zucchini.


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 medium zucchini
2 medium yellow squash
2 ears cooked sweet corn
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/2 cup queso fresco (Mexican cheese)


1. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil and lime juice together. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Trim the ends of the zucchini and yellow squash. With a vegetable peeler, shave lengthwise into long, wide strips about 1/16 inch thick. When you get to the center of the zucchini, turn the squash over and slice from the other side until you get to the center again.

3. Put the zucchini and yellow squash ribbons in a large bowl. Cut the sweet corn kernels off of the cob, cutting close to the cob. Discard cobs. Add sweet corn, cilantro, red onion, and avocado slices to the squash ribbons. Pour olive oil and lime dressing over salad and toss until coated.

4. Crumble queso fresco over the top of the salad and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve and enjoy!

Note-you can find queso fresco at most grocery stores. I like to buy it at our local Mexican market. If you can't find it, use feta cheese.

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80 Responses to “Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn & Avocado”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 18, 2012 @ 3:48 am

    Those ribbons are so pretty – what great flavors and perfect way to use up summer veggies.

  2. Erica — July 18, 2012 @ 4:44 am

    Delicious. So colorful too. I have a spiralizer that I don’t use enough- great reminder to pull that baby out. The idea of laying out and relaxing does sound pretty awesome…but totally impossible with a baby 😉

  3. Heather @ Heater's Dish — July 18, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    Almost too pretty to eat! Almost… :)

  4. Jessica — July 18, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    This is a beautiful bright salad and so perfect for summer – a great way to use up that zucchini that overwhelms the kitchen in summer! On my list for this week!

  5. Blog is the New Black — July 18, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    Love! This looks perfect!

  6. antique engagement rings — July 18, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Looks great and i love avocado!

  7. Yum! What a great and fresh dish!!!

  8. Melissa — July 18, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Yum! Going to make this for lunch.

  9. jenifer piper — July 18, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Can not wait to make this! Looks so summer-y!

  10. Diane White — July 18, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    I make a salad similar to this that I love…FYI…your recipe ingredients call for LIME juice but your instructions talk about using LEMON juice and zest.

    • Two Peas replied: — July 18th, 2012 @ 8:48 am

      Thanks for catching that. I updated the recipe. I only used lime juice.

  11. shelly (cookies and cups) — July 18, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Perfect! I have a neighbor who keeps giving me zucchini and I feel like I have exhausted every option! This looks like what’s for lunch!

  12. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 18, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    What a great way to use zucchini! This salad sounds wonderful!

  13. kelley — July 18, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Another great recipe to use up all the zucchini! Lime, cilantro……some of my favorite flavors!

  14. Amanda — July 18, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    You are killin me with your amazing summer recipes girl! We have SO much zucchini, I cant wait to try this!!

  15. Cookin' Canuck — July 18, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I love the simplicity and freshness of this salad. Yes, zucchini definitely does seem to take over the world at this time of year and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it.

  16. SMITH BITES — July 18, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    absolutely perfect summer salad Maria – that combo rocks!!

  17. What a wonderful way to use a variety of summer produce in a single dish. Looks amazing!!

  18. Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 18, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Hoooooold me.

  19. I love everything about this salad. I wish I had zucchini coming out of my garden to make this with. Guess I will just have to go to the farmers market this weekend and pick some up!

  20. kim@hungryhealthygirl — July 18, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I’ll take zucchini and summer squash anytime, too! I love the flavor combos that you used, especially the avocado with lime and corn. Perfecto!

  21. The zucchini ribbons are gorgeous! And what a fun way to get all my veggie servings in. :)

  22. Yum! Both of these ingredients are so easy to find at the farmers’ market right now that I might have to try it :)

  23. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — July 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    What a great way to use up that bumper crop! I have them coming out of my ears. I’d never have thought to do something like this!

  24. Claire — July 18, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    This looks GREAT!!!! Hope to try it soon.

  25. I have zuch and limes coming out of my ears right now. Great timing with this recipe!

  26. Becky — July 18, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    yay for zucchini noodle salad day!! It’s official now :)

  27. Amazonite — July 18, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I wonder how this would taste with the addition of some cucumber ribbons (cucumber is another thing I have a glut of… note to self, do NOT plant four cucumber plants next summer).

  28. Yum! This looks so fresh and delicious!

  29. Cassie — July 18, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I love zucchini, looking forward to trying zucchini ribbons!

  30. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 18, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    I love how the veggies are sliced in “ribbon” shapes….makes the salad look so elegant :)

  31. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 18, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try to make a zucchini ribbon salad of some kind, and this may be the recipe that helps me finally get around to doing it!

  32. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — July 18, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    Beautiful summer salad!!!

  33. I love the colors of this salad! And it looks so simple to make. What a great way to make sure you’re getting enough fiber AND enjoying it along the way. :)

  34. Corrine — July 18, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Hi Maria! This looks scrumptious…and very healthy too. A good way to get kids eating their veggies.

  35. That sounds sooo yummy and the colors are gorgeous!

  36. Chrissy — July 18, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    Ah, so simple and SO tasty! I love how easy and fresh this is!

    Great recipe. Good thing we have a load of zucchini’s coming our way via out monstrous plants out front!

  37. YUM! I can’t remember ever having zucchini and avocado together. Totally makes sense.

  38. Ann P. — July 18, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    What a creative way to plate a salad! I love those ribbons. And this looks so absolutely refreshing :)

  39. paula — July 18, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Mmmm perfect summer salad!

  40. Joanne — July 18, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I can definitely see the allure of this salad! It has all of my favorite summer ingredients in one!

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