Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Carrot and Zucchini Ribbons

Carrot and Zucchini Ribbons. Sounds as pretty as it looks, doesn't it? This is less a recipe and more me sharing an idea I've seen floating around the web recently. What I love about making carrots and zucchini this way (besides how pretty it looks on my plate) is that the carrots cook in the same time as the zucchini. And because they are sliced so thin, that cooking time is fast.

I use a veggie peeler to make the carrot ribbons and a mandolin to make the zucchini ribbons. The veggie peeler didn't work well for me for the zucchini (could be the type of peeler I have), but you can try it if you don't have a mandolin. If using a mandolin, you want to use a very thin setting. When making the carrot strips, rotate the carrot a quarter turn every 1 or 2 strips so that you end up making a square around the core of the carrot. Stop when all that's left is the core.

And, of course, a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top makes all the difference.

Note: I've found yellow (like crook-neck) squash has too many seeds and too much moisture to work well when cut in thin strips. This summer I'll use yellow zucchini for a beautiful 3-color dish.

Carrot and Zucchini Ribbons
Printable Recipe

2 teaspoons olive oil
4 large carrots, scraped and made into strips
4 small zucchini, sliced very thin
kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for serving

Heat a large (12-inch) non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the oil and heat for 10 seconds. Add the carrots and zucchini, and cook, stirring and tossing often with tongs, until the vegetables are al dente, 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings.


  1. Healthy and delicious - I could eat just this for dinner and be happy.

  2. This looks light and healthy, but tasty, love it!

  3. Oh! Can I have some? Looks so good!

  4. So pretty! I just love the colours.

    I have actually been thinking about getting a spiralizer for just this reason.

  5. This looks so pretty and sounds yummy


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